A Nightmare on Elm Street:  An Artistic Legacy

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - Artwork by Matthew Peak. (Hi-res poster with text)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985) - Artwork by Matthew Peak. (Hi-res poster with text)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) - Artwork by Matthew Peak. (Hi-res poster with text)  (On a side note, the inaccuracy of the characters depicted in the poster bothers the hell out of me.  It’s pretty clear that the poster art was rushed into creation before they were even finished casting)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) - Artwork by Matthew Peak. (Hi-res poster with text)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) - Artwork by Matthew Peak.  While this image did make it into the original poster, it was subsequently banned, and all prints pulled out of publication and distribution.
  • The substitute image to replace the previously banned one.  Artwork by Matthew Peak, edited by me to replicate the appearance of textless key art. (Hi-res poster with text)
  • Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) - Artist unknown; edited by me to remove header text.  (Hi-res poster with text)
  • Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare Original Soundtrack - Artwork by Matthew Peak.
  • Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) - (Hi-res poster with text)
  • Freddy vs. Jason (2003) - (Hi-res poster with text)

askscarletrose: Tena! Tell me you're favorite "Bad" horror flicks and I mean the best of the worst~

Well, that all depends.  I’ve listed a few that I genuinely dislike here (though I should probably upgrade that list to include 2013’s Jug Face, because for an 81-minute movie, it felt like a goddamn eternity…), but I’ve also gone over a few here that I feel fit into the “So Bad, it’s Good” category.

It’s hard to think of any more to add to the list, though.

dashaque: Hey im trying to remember the name of a horror movie my mom was watching once... it had to do with this couple, who, when driving around had this girl run out in front of them... they weren't sure if they hit her or not but she later on they began being haunted by her ghost. Also the guy would get backaches cause the ghost kept clinging to him as if getting a piggy back ride... and it turned out to be some girl he had killed with his friends or something... idk does that make any sense? XD

I believe you’re referring to Shutter, and likely the English version from 2008 (the original Thai version was from 2004).

I think I’m turning into the younger, female equivalent of Tanaka.

I get into some long-winded, self-reflective, philosophical musings, and then just suddenly run out of steam, like

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yourfavoriterapscallion: I'm one of those people who has never been afraid of clowns. I don't know why, but they've never really seemed like a scary concept to me. However, I do like the notion of using them in a horror film simply from the point of view of taking something seemingly innocent, happy and colourful and corrupting it to something evil. Can you recommend a couple of REALLY scary clown movies? Ones that are guaranteed to terrify viewers?

Well, I’ve heard very good things about All Hallow’s Eve (2013), 100 Tears (2007), and Amusement (2008), but I’ve yet to see them myself.  Unfortunately, I’ve personally only seen a very meager number of clown-related horror films, so I don’t really have a lot to go on.

Pennywise from Stephen King’s It (1990) usually tops every list you see regarding scary clowns, and probably with good reason:  Tim Curry turns in a bravura, chilling performance in the title role.  He manages to encompass enough of an air of innocence to lure unsuspecting children to their deaths, and can even be a stellar example of textbook clown humor—at some points, you may even fleetingly forget that you’re looking at a personification of evil in disguise.

Not unlike Freddy Krueger, Pennywise crawls into the depths of your soul, finds what terrifies you the most, and exploits it for all its worth.  He manipulates his victims with a frightening level of cunning, and is just as adept at subtle, yet emotionally devastating tactics as he is with in-your-face, full bore terror.

The only other film I’m familiar with that featured clowns in the role of the main antagonists (and their terror coming predominately from their identity as clowns) is Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988).  In terms of sheer terror, the movie is simply too much fun to be truly frightening.  It treats its villains with not only a sense of fear, but also a sense of playful affection:  Yes, they want to encase human beings in cotton candy-like cocoons until they dissolve into a liquid form that they can ingest, but they are also silly, curious creatures with a bizarre sense of humor.

There are, however, moments throughout the film where the viewer is bluntly reminded that these clowns are, in fact, cunning, intelligent, and carnivorous predators.  In an early scene where a clown lures an unsuspecting little girl out of a restaurant, there is genuine suspense, and fear for the child.  Towards the end of the film, there is a scene where young police officer Dave has a brief confrontation with the same clown inside the police station, where he discovers the morbid fate of his gruff superior officer (a scene in which actor John Vernon sells it like you wouldn’t believe).

Perhaps that potent combination of clown slapstick and subtle horror are what made Killer Klowns a cult classic, with a sequel due to be released in late 2016.

There is a definite fascination with the “dark” side of life in general, especially when presented with something that, on the surface, appears to be lighthearted and innocuous.  It’s not only compelling to wonder what darkness lies beyond our white, picket fences, but it is even a potent source of comedy:  When the meek turn out to be barbaric; when the beautiful turn out to be hideous; when the pure are found to be corrupted—these provide the foundation for many a comedic trope.  However, they also pose a legitimate threat:  If we can’t tell where the real source of evil is coming from, we’re utterly at a loss to stop it.  If the evil comes from where you least expect it, you can easily be caught off guard.

And so, we often regard others with cynicism until we know their true intentions.  As a species, we have an undeniable obsession with fault-finding.  Many of us have that default level of suspicion of others out of our own sense of self preservation.  Because of this, it is often hard for some of us to see things as purely good without questioning whether there is an ulterior motive lurking behind them.  While this quality can make for very entertaining cinema, it also provides the impetus for some of our worst behavior.  Especially when people are afraid, they often become selfish and barbaric.  Human beings are at their worst when they distrust one another.

Curiosity, fear, laughter…we have taken these things for granted.  They are far more complex than we ever stop to realize.

…I have completely forgotten what the hell I was talking about.

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How did I even let this happen?

And this was with anon temporarily off, under the assumption that it would help me get through my messages.  Welp…time to actually go through my inbox, and stop being such a lazy shit.

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smart-alek: I'm just thankful the Cowboy Bebop live action adaption with Keanu Reeves as Spike is in development hell, I don't think I could stomach seeing seeing one of the few animes I actually like being mangled beyond recognition.

WAIT, THAT WASN’T JUST A JOKE SOMEONE WAS MAKING??

Horror Posters Without Text: Part II

From top:

  • Hellraiser (1987)
  • Return of the Living Dead III (1993)
  • Tremors (1990)
  • Re-Animator (1985)
  • Child’s Play 2 (1990)
  • The Fog (1980)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
  • Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (1995)
  • Slither (2006)

(Part I)

hatey-mchaterson:

homonculette:

tenaflyviper:

It still blows my mind that people here and on Twitter had enough of a shit fit over The Fine Young Capitalist’s fundraiser to promote women in gaming that they actually hacked the fundraiser page.

Like…you are attacking a feminist group trying to…

4 chan didn’t become involved with Fine Young Capitalists until AFTER Zoe Quinn tried to destroy them.

"Them" being The Fine Young Capitalists, of course.  As often seems to happen with 4chan, they see someone getting screwed over (in this case, TFYC being targeted by Zoe Quinn in order to eliminate competition for her own fundraising project), and they step in to try to help them out.  In all seriousness, for all the shit 4chan often slings, they also go out of their way to help others, and a lot of people conveniently forget that.

I sure do love being deferred and screwed out of a donation bonus for having a pulse rate one point above passing, just because there were a bunch of giggling idiots in the waiting area making it impossible for anyone to relax.

homonculette:

tenaflyviper:

It still blows my mind that people here and on Twitter had enough of a shit fit over The Fine Young Capitalist’s fundraiser to promote women in gaming that they actually hacked the fundraiser page.

Like…you are attacking a feminist group trying to raise money to promote and benefit women in…

the whole purpose behind the fine young capitalists was so 4chan could make themselves look good

fine young capitalists are not feminists, they’re the exact same thing as Vivian James

The Fine Young Capitalists are a feminist group.

And you can take that “4chan just trying to make themselves look good” balogna right back where you got it from.  Even if that were the case, it doesn’t even matter:  They still supported a worthwhile cause while “feminists” did absolutely nothing.

When money is benefiting a cause, it doesn’t matter where it came from: It’s still benefiting that cause.  Ultimately, it is still an act of goodness, because people are giving of themselves voluntarily.  A good person is not defined by how good they claim to be.  They are defined by the good that they accomplish.  Meanwhile, 4chan actually does a lot of positive things that they never expect, nor demand, recognition for.  What have YOU done for anyone else lately?  When was the last time you busted a child pornography ring, took down a white supremacist radio host, or raised awareness for rape victims?  Because I’m gonna guess never.

I was going to put together another photoset of some of those textless posters, but I think I’m going to have to postpone that until later.  I can barely keep my eyes open, and I shouldn’t even be up so late on a donation day in the first place.

Catnap time.

pulpcovers:

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For those just tuning in, we have some pathetic little “feminist” with all of one person giving a fuck about her posts thinking she’s doing anything other than making her and her cohorts look even dumber than previously advertised.

I think I’ll do a little cleaning up before bed, because I can’t stand the stench of SJW bullshit.