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IT’S TIME FOR KRUEGER TO RETURN TO ELM STREET

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So I’m sitting at work today, eating lunch, flipping through channels trying to find something to watch. I must have passed through a 100 boring options. Then, I come across ‘Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors.’ YES PLEASE! So I really only stopped because I can barely remember what happened in the movie, but I remember loving it as a kid. After looking up the release date while writing this, I see that I was only 6 when this movie came out and the majority of you reading this weren’t even close to being born. But this article isn’t about “Elm Street Dream Warriors.” It’s about bringing back one of the most famous horror icons of all time. And bringing him back the right way!

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One thing about Krueger, he didn’t f’around… Okay, well actually he did. In fact that’s all he did.  Freddy Krueger is a serial killer of children, who was burned to death by the people who lived in his town, that found out about his sick nature. He returned after death to wreak havoc on the children of his killers in their dreams. Krueger’s demonic powers stem from the fear of his child victims.

Nightmare on Elm Street that stared Robert Englund was the first of it’s kind. My reasoning behind this statement is that, It was one of the first films that blended horror and comedy. Remember, I was 6 when “Dream Warriors” came out which was the 3rd installment and I was excited to see it.

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‘Nightmare on Elm Street was the perfect blend of Horror and comedy. It actually pushed the boundaries of imagination and what could be possible for the horror film genre. Just imagine one of the scariest movie villains of all-time, yet you almost wanted to root for him. We always knew Freddy had to lose but we loved to see him win the small victories.

“Nightmare on Elm Street” tried to reboot back in 2010 starring Jackie Earle and was met with some harsh criticism. It’s tough to reboot classics, especially horror.

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But I’m saying it’s time for another chance. The great Robert Englund has expressed that he won’t be returning for any future Krueger franchises and also his disinterest in the rebooted material.

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But in an era of Reboots, remakes and rehashes, how can we let this one go? Heck, we’ve had two different “Spider-Men” in 4yrs.

“Nightmare on Elm Street could easily transcend time and be one of those movie franchises that pulls itself into modern cinema. Today’s audience is okay with rated R movies, aka ‘DEADPOOL!’

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Blood, gore and violence means nothing to us in the modern age. Now throw in comedy! You basically have Deadpool, but he is trying to kill everyone in their dreams and everyone is trying to kill him.

Tell me, who should direct and who should star as Krueger in a new ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Film?

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Brandon started BCactionMR.com in 2012, with the intent of publishing news he found exciting about upcoming and current events in the world of comic book, action and sci-fi movies. A year later, "BC" became a Verified Creator (Paid Writer) for Movie Pilot, a large fan site, dedicated to all things pop culture. [2013-2018] After Movie Pilot closed its doors, Brandon decided he wanted to give others the opportunity to continue writing and sharing their passion and excitement for entertainment news. We now have evolved into an ever-growing community of bloggers, writers and gamers who love to share our opinions with the world. We cover everything from pop culture, indie, horror, television and the most recent trailers to hit the internet. BCactionMR.com is dedicated to J.S.W. Thank you for planting the seed all those years ago. RIP Brother

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Prey | 20th Century Studios | Hulu

The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.

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Action, Drama, Horror

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20222 (Hulu)

Director:

Dan Trachtenberg

Cast:

Amber Midthunder, Dane DiLiegro, Stefany Mathias

Plot Summary:

The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.

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Choose or Die – A Miss For Netflix

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Netflix’s home page suggestions can always be hit or miss, and unfortunately its latest release ‘Choose or Die’ falls into the category of the latter. Captivated by Asa Butterfield on the poster, I was curious to see what this film had to offer and begrudgingly it didn’t have a lot.

We follow Kayla, a broke student who has a lot to deal with in terms of her family situation and being the sole provider for herself and her mum. She then stumbles upon a retro video game from the 80s which forces her to choose and ultimately leads to various chain reactions of horrific events involving people close to her.

Lola Evans as Kayla and Asa Butterfield as Isaac

The premise of the film sounds interesting, however, I think it swings and misses quite early into the film’s first act. Eddie Marsan sets the tone and trail of interest for Choose or Die as we are introduced to this sadistic game and the chain of events it will inevitably pursue. 

Choose or Die doesn’t make it easy to empathise with its characters, finding any connection to Kayla or Isaac was difficult. This ‘are they aren’t they’ subplot lingers throughout the film’s narrative but adds nothing to the overarching story. The supporting characters, such as Thea and Laura, are much more interesting and genuinely have you intrigued as to what decisions they will make.

What stood out to me was the violent and gore-like scenes of 80s horrors, with some pretty good stomach churning special effects make-up. Those intense scenes, one involving a rat, had me genuinely glued to the screen, anticipating what may happen next. Choose or Die’s strongest component are the early moral decisions Kayla has to make and ultimately demonstrate Meakin’s passion for the horror genre.

Ioanna Kimbook as Grace in Choose or Die, seen here in the diner in one of the more grotesque decisive moments for Kayla

The way in which this film is shot, felt very “student-esque” with its lackluster camera movements and setting. The set design lacked little depth, except for Isaac’s room which is full of detail, therefore making the world feel small and less three dimensional. An element which pulled me out of this cinematic experience, was the fact that this was evidently filmed in the United Kingdom, and the cast contained predominantly a lot of British actors doing an American accent so I wasn’t fully immersed into this world. 

Meakins clearly uses his passion for the horror genre to influence this film’s dark tone, from it’s leading characters’ moral compass as well as the gorey visuals that inevitably come with those decisions. The whole world feels cold and derelict, be it the place in which Kayla cleans or the housing estate of which she lives in, this is an unwelcoming world that no-one wants to comfort you in. 

Choose or Die isn’t a film that will stick out as one that defined 2022, however I’m sure someone will take something away from this film, be it’s reference to 80s gaming or the violent and graphic elements that the director is clearly passionate about. 

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Off Season – To Premiere Exclusively on Shudder

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Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced that OFFSEASON will be available exclusively to stream on the platform starting on Friday, June 10, 2022. As a Shudder exclusive, the platform will be the only subscription service that will carry the film in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Upon receiving a mysterious letter that her mother’s gravesite has been vandalized, in OFFSEASON, Marie (Donahue) quickly returns to the isolated offshore island where her late mother is buried. When she arrives, she discovers that the island is closing for the offseason with the bridges raised until Spring, leaving her stranded. One strange interaction with the local townspeople after another, Marie soon realizes that something is not quite right in this small town. She must unveil the mystery behind her mother’s troubled past in order to make it out alive.

Check out the film’s trailer below and read our review HERE as it debuted during SXSW 2021

Written and directed by Mickey Keating (Psychopaths), OFFSEASON stars Jocelin Donahue (Doctor Sleep), Joe Swanberg (The Rental, “Easy”), Richard Brake (3 From HellMandy), Melora Walters (The Pale Door, “Pen15”) and Jeremy Gardner (After MidnightThe Mind’s Eye).

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