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Capone talks with Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) about Horror, Freddy, AFI and much more!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with the beginning of a great interview that Capone did with Robert Englund. If you ever get a chance to check out the Henry Fonda film mentioned below, do so... absolutely wonderful... it has some very bizarre characters in it! I very much look forward to the rest of this interview. ALSO - Coming very soon expect details on the special AICN / Alamo Drafthouse / Rolling Roadshow Outdoor FREDDY VS JASON screening we'll be doing later in the summer and it looks like we're getting both Freddy and Jason for that screening... Details are still coming together, but man... out in the woods - with Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees! What horror fan wouldn't be up for that? Well, unless you're chicken...

Hey, Harry. Capone in Chicago here. I don’t do too many interviews as AICN’s Windy City representative, but when circumstances made it possible to speak to Robert Englund recently I jumped at the chance. I wanted to accomplish two things with this conversation: to promote Robert’s upcoming appearance at the Chicago-area Flashback Weekend Horror and Sci-fi Convention, June 13-15. (Go to FlashBackWeekEnd.Com for details.), and to have Robert go step-by-step through his career and life as a horror film icon. (Number 40 on the recent AFI’s 50 Best Villains list, anyone?)

When I interviewed Robert about two weeks, he had just received word that he had to go do some blue screen reshoots for FREDDY VS. JASON. “We shot the movie in Vancouver,” he said. “We had a terrific effects and makeup crew up there; we shot next door to X-MEN 2, so I really don’t have any right complaining about how long it takes to put my makeup on. I was hoping we’d get the makeup people who did my work in Vancouver to come down to Hollywood to do these pick-up shots. We want to make sure the color and style of the makeup matches the footage we shot in the fall.”

Capone: Let me be one of the first to congratulate you on the AFI ranking, and you may not realize that Maxim magazine named Freddy Krueger the Sixth Best Movie Villain of all time.

Robert Englund: Thanks. Yeah, I sat down and talked to the AFI people for a while for the television special. Did you know that except for the actress that played Blondie in the Dagwood and Blondie films, I’ve actually a single actor who has done the most sequels playing the same character. More than anybody else.

Capone: Just for the record, Maxim referred to Freddy in the article as “the second scariest, one-gloved, child abuser with bad skin.”

R.E.: There is something to that glove thing, isn’t there? It transcends heavy metal, Michael Jackson, and Freddy Krueger. And without pointing any pointed fingers at anyone, there are a few characters in movie out right now with sharp claws. X-MEN 2 comes to mind, but I’ll see anything with Wolverine in it; I’m a big Hugh Jackman fan.

Capone: I think Wolverine predates Freddy by a few years.

R.E.: But not in films. There are quite a few characters in movies over the last 20 years or so that have borrowed the voice and even the claws of Freddy Krueger.

Capone: How would you rate yourself as a fan of the horror genre?

R.E.: As a child, I was a huge fan. I can remember getting to school early and having argument on the playground about the L.A. Dodgers and last night’s episode or “The Twilight Zone.” Or the Late Show on Friday nights. We’d come to school Monday morning to discuss the unedited, uncensored FRANKENSTEIN. In those days on television, nothing was censored because they needed to fill huge blocks of time. So you would see Frankenstein’s monster throw the little girl in the lake, or King Kong sniff his fingers after fondling Fay Wray. I remember some of the trash too: FORBIDDEN PLANET being way up there. We talked at length about the state-of-the-art special effects, especially that great monster from the Id that was sort of an animated outline of a giant sabretooth tiger. For kids back then, we had to see that movie three or four times just to figure out what that creature was.

I even liked the dark, low-rent stuff. I remember a nasty one called HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM (1959), which was sort of a litmus test for macho in the fourth grade. And one time, when I was about nine years old, I went to see a cowboy movie and a matinee for a birthday party with cartoons. At some point, the mother who dropped us off didn’t check to see that the matinee had changed at 3 p.m., so we watched Patty McCormack in THE BAD SEED (1956) take her tap shoes off and beat that little boy to death. It was that little moment of time as a child when you can relate to “adult scary” or psychological scary, and you would have never seen five more scared nine-year-old boys in your life and we all walked out with stained t-shirts from spilling our popcorn and ice cream. It totally freaked us out and took me off horror for a while, while raising the bar for me about starting to prefer psychological horror. At some point I became an overzealous snob about horror films, probably as a result of academic drama teachers and the fact that I studied acting in London. But eventually I got back into horror. I think it was the film ASYLUM (1972) or ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968) that got me back to thinking about horror intellectually. I was a huge fan of John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN and his remake of THE THING. I spent a lot of time after making NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET rediscovering a lot of great low-rent ‘70s and ‘80s stuff. A lot of that had escaped me when it was new and I wanted to be able to discuss those types of films with fans, films like TERROR TRAIN.

Capone: What I like best about just the idea of FREDDY VS. JASON is that it’s a return to pairing two great horror villains in one film. Universal in particular used to do that sort of thing all the time in the ‘30s and ‘40s.

R.E.: And I realize that we’re suffering from sequelitis this summer, but someone once put it into perspective for me that without sequels we would never have ALIENS, THE MATRIX RELOADED, some of the more interesting sequels to NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, which introduced some great directors like Stephen Hopkins, Renny Harlin, Chuck Russell. I’m something of a poster boy for sequels, obviously. But I fell in love with the character. And sometimes you make movies so you can make other movies, not just the sequels. And the ELM STREET movies and the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES movies are essentially responsible for Fine Line Cinema, which along with Miramax basically invented the modern independent film. So the idea of FREDDY VS. JASON and the PREDATOR VS. ALIEN and possibly SUPERMAN VS. BATMAN is nothing new, as you said. It’s also been done and done and done in comic books forever. It’s great natural pop culture recipe soup mix that been done by great animators and illustrators and movie makers for the last 70 years. You sometimes have to remind the younger generation that this isn’t just a ploy by New Line or whoever to exploit their franchises; it’s a tried and true cultural phenomenon.

Capone: But it really hasn’t been done in film for a while.

R.E.: True, but there’s been a natural progression for a while. There’s a certain common popcorn element in the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET films and the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies, and New Line and Wes Craven are still able to keep the 14-year-old boy alive in some of us.

Capone: You mentioned your acting training earlier...

R.E.: I started acting way before that. I was in a professional children’s theatre in Southern California in the pre-1970 Golden Era, when we had the best public education system in the country. I remember every kid I went to school with carrying home a band or orchestra instrument. We took classes in lighting, scenery, drama in junior high school. I went to college in California, went briefly to London, and went back to the Royal Academy branch in Detroit with all English tutors and coaches all day. Across the street, there was a professional theatre company where I’d spend the evenings sweeping the stage or understudying or play small parts. By the time I was done, I was doing featured supporting roles in the company and touring and doing the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival and in Chicago professionally. It was a really great moment in time for me to gain my confidence; that was 1968 through 1972.

Capone: So it wasn’t too long after that that you came back to Hollywood, right?

R.E.: I remember in Detroit seeing a Roger Corman movie on T.V., right around the time Scorsese’s BOXCAR BERTHA. And it seemed like everybody I had known from my UCLA days was working behind the scenes with Roger Corman, and I really got jealous. That happened around the time when some bad theatre politics were going on, so I went back to California and moved back in with my parents. Shortly after that I got my own place right north of the Santa Monica pier on the beach, and I spent about six months just learning to love movies again, old movies, new movies. I got an agent and got an interview and got a starring role in a Daniel Petrie film [BUSTER AND BILLIE, 1974] and I haven’t stopped working since. I spent a lot of time shedding the trappings of theatrical acting and learning a new acting vocabulary in acting. I loved being a part of 1970s cinema.

Capone: You worked with Henry Fonda during that time...

R.E.: Yeah. I was typed in the early 1970s I played almost all Southerner roles. They were starring roles, so I wasn’t about to fight it. STAY HUNGRY (1976) with Arnold Schwartzenegger in his first role, some television work, and a film called THE LAST OF THE COWBOYS (1976), which was one of those trucker movies like CONVOY. This was actually sort of Henry Fonda’s answer film to John Wayne’s THE SHOOTIST. He was an aging trucker with a terminal disease doing one last run to pay off his truck to an old madam played by Eileen Brennan. It was an amazing cast: Melanie Mayron, a young newcomer named Susan Sanandon, Austin Pendleton. It was based on a Greek legend. I played a sort of white trash character. Ninety percent of my scenes were with Fonda, so it couldn’t have been a better experience.

He didn’t really like to talk about films that much, but when he found out I was a theatre actor, he began to share all of his Broadway stories. He told me stories about working with Bette Davis, Josh Logan in “Mr. Roberts,” Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau. These were the kind of stories you can only get with months of research, but I was sharing a trailer with Henry Fonda.

Capone: It was also around this time that you started up your relationship with Tobe Hooper.

R.E.: That was still in my redneck phase. The film I did with him was my first horror film. I walked on the sound stage and it was this magnificent set. It looked like Texas with tumbleweed and forced perspective with a windmill in the background and this old, rundown hotel with monkey skeletons and iguanas rattling around in cages. There was an old ‘67 El Dorado Cadillac with dust all over it. I thought, what a great world Tobe had created and I couldn’t wait to start it. We were working with Carolyn Jones, Stuart Whitman, Neville Brand, and a wonderful genre actor who’d working with Brian DePalma a lot, William Finley, one of the best mad scientist/crazed actors ever. What happened though, was that Tobe didn’t finish the film. I don’t know what happened, but they brought in the editor to direct the last couple of weeks on the film.

Capone: This was the movie that Tobe made right after TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Had you seen it when you made this film?

R.E.: I hadn’t, but I did shortly after we made this film.

Capone: What do you refer to that movie as? It has a lot of alternate titles.

R.E.: When I did it, it was called DEATH TRAP, and they had to change the title because of the Broadway play. I’ve seen it under three or four titles, and they’re all very lurid. I think EATEN ALIVE is one of them.


R.E.: STARLIGHT SLAUGHTER! That’s my favorite. They all mesh together; you can see why.

Capone: What do you like about working with Tobe Hooper?

R.E.: I’ve worked with Tobe lots of times. Once you get through his cigarette smoke haze, there’s this genius there. And after with working with him, you quickly find out with the crew that’s been with him since POLTERGEIST, all of that gossip about whether he directed that film or not is ridiculous. Only Tobe Hooper would have the parents smoking marijuana. He’s really brilliant like Wes Craven. And they also manage to capture and appeal to the young adolescent male in all of us wonderfully, and take their point of view. He has the capacity to remember that sense of awe that we felt. He’s a master filmmaker. If you watch TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and put it in historical film perspective, how unrelenting it is, that’s probably one of the most ripped off films ever made. People steal entire sequences from that film; there are things that were coined in that film. I was teasing before about how many movies borrow from the Freddy character, but modern horror films owe such a debt to Tobe. That’s the nature of the game, but it’s strange how he never seems to get the credit. How he made the audience squirm and how he plays with time, is great.

Capone: I’m a big fan of THE MANGLER, based on the Stephen King short story.

R.E.: We were supposed to do THE MANGLER (1995) in Toronto with a lot of the Cronenberg people. It was always me and Tobe, but our producer was also producing a Michael Jackson post-apartheid concert in South Africa, which was then cancelled. So he had to go and pay off a lot of people in South Africa and we ended up picking up from Toronto and moving to South Africa, and we had to use South African actors. We still used me and Ted Levine, but the rest of the cast had to be recast. When you hear the dubbed American accents, it kind of removes you from the drama. I’m very pleased with what Ted and I did, and I really liked the Mangler, which Tobe designed.

Capone: And I’ve read that you’re cooking something up with Tobe currently?

R.E.: We have a thing that’s real back-burner. We have a really great script, but our title was stolen, and it was a million-dollar title, but it’s still around and Tobe is still a part of the package. We just need a new title.

Capone: The first time I remember seeing your face anywherewas in the mini-series “V.” That was really the first sci-fi mini-series that I can recall.

R.E.: That series completely raised the bar for special effects on American television. It was also one of first huge, imaginatively done television happenings. For months before it aired, there were billboards will fake graffiti on them with a big red “V” will the paint dripping. Certainly the recent Spielberg drama “Taken” borrows from “V” heavily, INDEPENDENCE DAY borrows images from it. Actually, NBC has called [original series creator] Kenneth Johnson to write another three to four hours of the series. I don’t think he’s going to tie up all the story lines because Ken left the show before it became a television series, he was just on the mini-series part of things. But he certainly may go back to that core concept of an occupied world, which was always an allusion to Nazi-occupied Europe, and play with that. I know he’s talked to me, Mark Singer, Faye Grant, so we’re hoping that’s something we can get going in the next year.

Capone: Wow! Are we talking a remake or a continuation of the storyline?

R.E.: I think he’ll pick a point in the original mini-series and go from there.

Capone: Now, in the year or so between the ”V” mini-series and the television series, you squeezed in the original NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. I’m assuming you had no idea it would take off the way it did...

R.E.: I was the kind of guy in 1981 that people would buy drinks for because they recognized me in bars, not as an actor necessarily. “Did we go to high school together? I saw you in the late show last night.” etc. But no one knew my name. “V” was my first major television role, and if the network decided to make it into a series, I was asked to do it. But I started getting a lot of fan mail from “V,” and the character really took off. We negotiated and I made peace with the idea of being a television actor. But I had this little slip of time in my hiatus, and the NIGHTMARE project came up. I only knew Wes Craven’s name because I had been hanging out in the punk/goth bar and they had rigged up a monitor playing looped footage of ERASERHEAD and THE HILLS HAVE EYES and LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. I’d never seen the films in their entirety, but I knew when I went to the interview that Wes had done those films and that he was a talented guy. I was expected more of a dark, goth guy, but here was this sort of preppy guy.

Capone: What did you draw on to create the Freddy Kreuger character?

R.E.: A lot of it was on the page, I have to be honest. I’d though a little bit about the costume. They were going to change the hat at one point, and I had to fight to keep the hat. One day, Wes and I were standing in front of a big box of hats, which they kept putting on me. I was in the Freddy makeup. I convinced them that the sort of Indiana Jones fedora was the way to go. I loved the idea of a silhouette with claws, the burned bald guy with this great hat. And I saw the value of the actual prop. How I could hide under it, how I could reveal my baldness, how to hide and reveal my eyes in light.

What I brought to the character was the body language, the attitude. I remember as a child these things called Bookmobiles. I was into science fiction for a while, and I’d get these lurid sci-fi paperbacks and pocketbooks that you could check out. And I remember in one of the revolving racks, they had “The Shadow,” and I remember that image of The Shadow with the big rimmed hat and melting look, and I used that in my head. The other thing I used was...I had just seen the Klaus Kinski version of NOSFERATU, and I remember getting some ideas about body language from his performance. Those are the main influences.

Capone: When the first ELM STREET film was released the slasher film genre born in the late 1970s and continuing through the early 1980s had essentially run its course and became repetitive and redundant.

R.E.: Wes wouldn’t let us use the word slasher on the set. A lot of the critics of the film missed the fact that what Freddy does is play mind games. If you’re afraid of bugs, he turns you into a cockroach; if you have hearing problems, he turns up the sound too loud. These are his tricks he plays; he knows your central proclivities, and he messes with that. The Freddy movies are much more imaginative that your run-of-the-mill slasher films. They’re stylistic and there’s a certain punk sensibility and humor to the films that really captured a bigger audience. The humor matched that of Sam Raimi’s first films. And there’s a subtext in the films as well, of lost innocence and Freddy violates a very private place in the adolescent. He’s a child killer, child molester and all that that entails on a symbolic level. He’s killing the future. There’s a lot of mythology, some of which teenagers watching the film may not even get, but on a subconscious level, they respond to that stuff. It’s all hidden. Freddy’s in the bedroom, Freddy’s in your underwear drawer, Freddy knows where you hide your condoms and what dirty magazines you have under your bed. He’s in your head, he’s a part of you.

I remember signing autographs with William Shatner in New York, and my line was as long as his. I was there promoting “V.” But my line has changed from sci-fi fans, who are very polite and kind to girls and guys in dog collars now, who want me to sign their chests. We were getting lots of heavy metal kids at first and then it expanded from there. It was very grass roots because New Line didn’t have two dimes to spend on advertising. There was no hype machine around the first two movies. It was totally word of mouth, very organic.

Capone: Even having the killer talk and have a personality was something different at the time.

R.E.: He was unapologetic, and he liked to take youth culture of the time and jam it down your goddamn throat. Kids are the first to love that. Those are the lines the kids love the best, the ones that turn on them and punish them for listening to The Go-Go's or The Knack. That’s their world, which they know eventually they will lose. The film was also one of the first to corrupt the adults. They weren’t just stupid and dumb like in a teen comedy. The mother was an alcoholic, for example, real problems. The sins of the fathers and mothers and how these sins destroy children, Freddy is the representation of all of that.

In Part 2, Rober Englund discusses working with the likes of Wes Craven, Chuck Russell, Renny Harlin, Lawrence Fishburne and Ronny Yu on FREDDY VS. JASON; about working and not working with Kane Hodder; and more on what he’s got coming up, including a remake of 2000 MANIACS.


One, Two Capone's Coming For You... Three, Four I'll split you open on the floor... Five, Six I like that Cafe Americain of ol Rick's.... Seven, Eight You and I ought to mate.... Nine, Ten You'll never shit right again!

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  • June 6, 2003, 5:02 a.m. CST


    by SIR-SLEDGE450

  • June 6, 2003, 5:07 a.m. CST


    by TheDarkShape

    But don't pull an IGN on us and wait a day for each part of the interview.

  • June 6, 2003, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Freddie has a beer and CHEETS on Kane Hodder the sexiest tomboy

    by kingralphuk

    Just to stop anyone else posting that boring crap on here.... A sequal to V..oh my god, how fuckig cool would that be !?

  • I'm your boyfriend now...BROTHER!

  • June 6, 2003, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Happy B-day Robert

    by T1000

    Who cares if Kane Hodder wouldn't do Freddy Vs. Jason there is no definitive Jason btw Happy Birthday to Robert Englund He's 54 today

  • June 6, 2003, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Freddy almost cost me my life.

    by sting-RAY

    Short Story. Young kid, Nightmare on Elm Street sleepover. Late night swim with friends in the pool with mist rising from the water. A car pulls up and stops, just sits there idling. Eventually drives away, we all run back in the house like the scared kids we were. Everyone leaves and I lie in bed thinking about Freddy, his claws, too scared to sleep. Then? My big-ass metal window fan (anyone remember these monsters) falls out of the window four feet to the floor. Yep, practically scared me into early death. Once I was able to breath again the whole event somehow made it easier for me to sleep. Been a fan ever since.

  • June 6, 2003, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Thanks a lot, Englund!

    by rev_skarekroe

    Now I've got "My Sharona" stuck in my head. sk

  • June 6, 2003, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Great interview.

    by slimetime

    I'm glad that SOMEONE is givingh me a reason to check in with this site. Where's all the coverage, guys?

  • June 6, 2003, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Great interview. However, Craven had nothing to do with ERASERH

    by geekzapoppin

  • word up

  • June 6, 2003, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Other Horror Franchises Which Should Be Revived

    by BadMOFO

    I'm looking forward to seeing Freddy Vs Jason but there are other horror franchises I'd like to see resurrected. First up, a new big screen Candyman, not another direct to video sequel. Another Child's Play - what ever happened to the Son of Chucky we were promised? And an R-rated Gremlins 3. The kids had their two movies. It's now the adults' turn. And how about a new Omen with Richard Donner, which ignores the three shitty sequels that were made and continues on from the first movie. And lastly, though I'm probably in a minority on this one, Fright Night III.

  • June 6, 2003, 9:12 a.m. CST

    no lets not revive any horror franchises at all

    by Jon Lee Ander

    and while we're at it lets pass a law that prevents sequels being made to Horror films. Ninety-nine percent of them are shit, admit it.

  • June 6, 2003, 10:07 a.m. CST

    " Vincent...Vampire.. killer!"

    by Someguywithaname

    Fright Night was a fine little flick. Evil Ed is the scariest homoerotic vampire beanbag on the planet.

  • June 6, 2003, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Andy Hardy

    by jean-luc pezcard

    Um, sorry to burst Freddy's ego (hope he doesn't find me in my sleep), but Mickey Rooney was in 17 or 18 Andy Hardy films, wasn't he? IE, making him the greatest recurring actor.... Also...what about the ma and pa kettle films? Pa Kettle was in a number of movies. Shall I go on? Kirk out

  • June 6, 2003, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Freddy franchise--at least it is more honorable than owning a go

    by JasonDkEldar

    After the sequel happy-late eighties and nineties, I would probably have agreed with the previous talkbacker were it not for the couple of gems sparked from the original Nightmare on Elm Street(yes 2, 6, The TV Series were awful uses of the movie franchise's clout). There have been good examples of horror sequels, dating all the way back to the thirties, with Bride of Frankenstein and the Lugosi' Dracula's being good representatives. By the same token, Sequels for Sequels' sake can fellate the dead green donkey pizzle, too(Exorcist II anyone). What I find most promising about this movie is the involvement of the superior Freddy franchise bringing back my namesake in a non-videogame way, focusing more on what made him likeable and enjoyable in the first place. Jason Voorhees, even with the burlap mask, was a menacing killing machine, bringing relentless walking death to haunt our fear-filled nights. Who hasn't had that dream where nothing you do can stop what is after you or someone you love? Terminator played that up, but Jason was the true fulfillment of The Mummy's horrifying premise, with the relentless villain no longer shamblin' and shufflin' at a snail's pace, but rather just coming at you. The series went wrong more often than not, and sometimes the forced humor--trying to mimic Nightmare on Elm Streets success--made for uncomfortable viewing. There were classic moments though, and the series benefitted from them, and the character will benefit from interacting with a strong personality as a nemesis--sorry, but Corey Feldman Ain't scary folks. Best two Jason moments: missing with the spear/arrow in his hand then taking time to aim it home in Jason Takes Manhattan, and the handstand machete splitting from Friday the 13th 3-D. But all in all what I like about sequels is when they explore other aspects of the characters, other directions of a plot that could simply be cookie-cutter. I look forward to a sequel to HO1KC, since what Rob Zombie did was highlight the best of the films that came before his, showing us all what he liked and adding his own flair for visuals and sound to film. I envision him as taking a twist to this story, ALA other horror sequels, and making the villains anti-heroes in a sense, with the understanding that even as the good guys rain hell down on them that the bad guys win in the end by making the good guys behave more wickedly and immorally than would be imaginable under sane circumstances. After all, who can dream up something worse for hellaciously twisted actions-an apocalyptic Inbred family of mutated lunatics, or a government out for revenge on people who dared to challenge its institutions? I envision some twisted redneck deputies playing havoc with dear lil Baby and Mama Butterfly finding out why they call them "bad cops". I say this with the inference that he does not view his creations with the thought they are invincible killing machines, sort of how Tobe Hooper led that vanguard with his films. He let a college girl kill his Bane-clone, a fella so tough that he makes Otis nervous. Here are hopes for better and better real horror movies. BTW Chucky is not really horror, he is a novelty movie with rip-off appeal. The Zuni Fetish Doll from Trilogy of Terror is the only scary doll I have ever seen on film. 'Nuff said, folks, this True Believer is signing out.

  • June 6, 2003, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Holy shit! Harry actually offers us something interesting!

    by MaryTylerMorbid

    Though I have to admit, I WAS interested in some more drool about Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl" ... NOT! And yes, "Starlight Slaughter" is the best title for "Eaten Alive."

  • June 6, 2003, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I wonder...

    by Halloween68

    I wonder if he still thinks Wes Craven did Eraserhead. God, that would've sucked.

  • June 6, 2003, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Awwww... Come on Fred

    by Halloween68

    You're jokin' right? Wes Craven wishes he was a pimple on Sam Raimi's butt. Same humor as Sam's early films... Right... I'm sorry, while I fully respect Wes Craven, and I truly do enjoy the Elm Street films. And 1 and 3 are actually both really good films. They're not the Evil Dead. Nor will they ever be. I don't think Wes has that in him. Some people are just gifted as filmmakers. I don't think WC is in that same class. This is not to say he isn't a decent filmmaker though. Also, please keep in mind that this is a side note away from Mr. England. I really like RB, and I sincerely hope he continues on for many years in providing most excellent entertainment. I remember really loving his character in V. He was my favorite part of series... Okay him and the hot chicks with big boobs.

  • June 6, 2003, 7:51 p.m. CST


    by scificomicguy

    SFCG:Hey Fat Bastard, where the hell is part 2? Harry: You want to read part 2? Then put something in me belly! I'll shite part 2 out when I'm damn good and ready.. ...Anyway....Give us part 2 already, Harry!

  • June 7, 2003, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Greatest rock album of all time?

    by Brimacombe

    Darkness on the Edge of Town by Bruce Springsteen. Nobody understands me better than the Boss, except for maybe Johnny Cash. Any questions?

  • June 7, 2003, 10:35 a.m. CST

    word. Slice, rip, kill, maim, geek.

    by Tall_Boy

    fuckin eh.

  • June 7, 2003, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Marge! The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laugh

    by Nadine Cross

    The Zuni Fetish doll was something of a pioneer. He paved the way for all tiny, toothsome action figures hoping to posess the body of a young Karen Black. On a side note- 'member when that retarded alien in V ate the mouse out of the garbadge can and when he was scolded for doing so exclaimed, "Mousie!" Ha! I'm still laughing!

  • June 7, 2003, 1:58 p.m. CST

    FONDA movie

    by yuki-totoro

    "Last of the Cowboys" was also released under "The Great Smokey Roadblock." Really fun, check it out. Fonda looks like a fencepost about to fall over by a hush, but has a truckload of whores (including lump-breasted Susan Sarandon) to drive across country. Genuine chemistry between Englund and Fonda, not to mention the plausibility of an ailing 70-ish Fonda tussling in bed with Eileen Brennan. See an old-time legend trascend B-movie hell with class and GUT-wrenching crocodile tears!

  • June 7, 2003, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Overheard recently...

    by LoveDark

    ...I was at a weekend showing of "The Matrix Reloaded" with an great crowd. Waiting through the endless trailers, the new one for "Freddy vs. Jason" appears. That line that Freddy screams, "Why don't you fucking die!" got a big AHEM (okay, maybe I added the f-word). A brotherman blurts out at the end, "We have officially hit rock bottom" in that same tone of voice that Maya said, "We have begun Third Impact". I personally was wishing that Third Impact had begun so the world would come tumbling, tumbling down and my soul melt in an LCL sea and my body exploded into a mess of glopola instead of know that this crap will be entering our culture Yet Again. And I thought we hit rock bottom when G.W.Bush the mass butcher was made out to be a hero. So many bottoms. So many rocks. What hard, hard chesse this it to cut.

  • June 7, 2003, 7:13 p.m. CST

    horror sequels etc.

    by blue7

    The first two Evil Dead movies are better than anything Wes Craven's ever done, even though Nightmare on Elm Street's pretty good. Part 3 is the only decent sequel. As far as Friday the 13th goes, only parts 1, 2 and the Final Chapter (haw) are worth a shit. Rob Zombie is a wannabe horror film director, as the piece of sophmoric and worthless (bloodless) shit called House of 90 Wasted Minutes proves. I'd say that the clown doll in Poltergeist is pretty fucking scary, too. Oh, and finally, Freddy vs. Jason is a pathetic idea. Ideas for movies don't get much lazier than this. Even if Lucio Fulci directed and Tom Savini did the makeup I'd be wary, and we all know it's going to be a lot more "funny" than gory, so fuck it.

  • June 8, 2003, 12:41 a.m. CST


    by Key_Card

    The Puppet Master Movies rule all and it is the only Franchise that should be revisited. How cool would it be to have a Puppet Master vs. Chucky movie?

  • June 8, 2003, 3:35 a.m. CST

    has Jason had a beer and cheeted on Freddy yet

    by ItsOver

    Man everyone on AICN has some odd pet tastes: harry cries at armageddon, herc and the amazing race (who watches that), mort loves jeepers creepers and the cap loves mangler. what an odd bunch.

  • June 8, 2003, 3:59 a.m. CST

    alien vs predator

    by radjac29

    I dont care if this movie sucks or rocks but all you fanboys out there have to watch this flic. Why you ask, cuz hollywood will see this movie make a crap load of money and try teaming up others together to jump on the band wagon and maybe we'll finally see an Alien vs Predator movie. so watch it

  • June 8, 2003, 6:04 p.m. CST

    AFI, you're not paying attention.

    by Devil'sOwn

    Simple obsevation: I'm a bit perplexed as to why Agent Smith wasn't included among the "Top 50 Villains". One of many reasons why that list was jacked, BROTHER!!

  • June 8, 2003, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by TomVee

    Other than the shot of THE MANGLER maneuvering its way down the stairwell near the end, that movie is about as bad as any movie can get. And Englund is an embarrassment as the mad factory boss. He has been in more bad movies than good. Christ, look at his PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

  • June 9, 2003, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Is Freddy vs Jason a sequel?

    by Jawad

    With all the sequels coming out this year, I was wondering if Freddy vs. Jason could be considered a sequel also. My friends so NO, its not. If it is then I counted 19 sequels for this year (18 if this movie is not a sequel).

  • June 9, 2003, 6:29 a.m. CST

    ? sequel

    by radjac29

    I too think of this movie as a sequel, anybody else?