“He wears a dirty brown hat. He’s horribly burned. He has razors on his right hand. His name is Freddy Krueger. He was a child murderer before he died, and after he died, he became something worse.” – Nancy Thompson, A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
The lights rise as the man of our dreams takes center stage, like a black Friday sale, the crowd goes nuts! Cheering and clapping frantically; finally, guests of Monsterpalooza 2017 are faced with not only their deepest fears but their idol, the man behind the makeup, Robert Englund. “You are all my children now!” he announces, (a favorite fan line from A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge) as he glides across the stage. Moderator Tony Timpone begins: “Here is your first Monsterpalooza you’re the star of the show, yeah! Robert Englund responds, “Don’t say that too loud Kane Hodder is around here somewhere! [Crowd Cheers] He’ll choke me out!
One of the first questions asked of Robert was by moderator Tony Timpone “What brings you to Monsterpalooza. Robert explained, “I’m always working, and it’s great to do the cons here, in Europe, and In Asia, because I always have something coming out. It’s a great chance for me to promote it with the fans and to see the fans and its great fun to see you guys and this show, I can’t tell you the incredible memorabilia I’ve seen. I just saw some phenomenal Turkish posters of Heather [Langenkamp] And I saw an unbelievable opening Day Paris Nightmare 6 3D Poster of Freddy.”
Over the years many fans have wondered what ever happened to the iconic glove used in the original Nightmare, Robert Englund had zero qualms about giving the honest and hilarious explanation:
“The original glove was given to me by Wes for pickup shots on Nightmare 2. In a little MTV stage on Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood, and I went to work, and there was this huge rumor, from you guys [points to moderator Tony Timpone] about industrial espionage because they were the weather vein of popular culture, they knew that this franchise had become even more iconic than we realized. Guys pretended to be crew members on the pickup shot day, in this little studio on Santa Monica Blvd, and they wore tool belts and everything, they were there to get the glove. And we heard about this, Kevin Yager told me this. So, I stole the real glove; I just took it. I didn’t know it came from Wes, I know it now, but I stole it that day. There were like a couple of doubles, but I stole the original glove. I’m busy being Willie from V and going to film festivals, in Paris and getting awards for Science Fiction shows and so I stuffed it, and I outlined it in red and green neon, and I floated it in a plexiglass box, and I gave it to my agent. He won’t give it back!”
“Part of Wes’s genius besides being a double threat writer and director was that Wes kept the 14-year-old boy alive in him, always. And I got to see it that night, he finally decided that he wasn’t just my boss, he wasn’t just my Dr. Frankenstein, he let me see that part of him. He let me see a six foot four grown man giggle like a little girl.” – Robert Englund, Monsterpalooza 2017.
Many fans will spout off that panels are the highlight of a convention, and I couldn’t agree more. These unique panels are the rare opportunity where fans receive that unscripted view into the life and world of these famous horror icons, hearing familiar and unfamiliar stories that will be reminisced on for years to come. I mean, where else can you get up close and personal with the people you have been watching for years? Robert Englund recognizes that a horror fan’s loyalty is real, and he will do his best to make sure the experience of meeting them is great.
Check out the entire Robert Englund panel at Monsterpalooza 2017 below:
‘Children of the Corn’ Adaptation Headed to Theaters and Shudder
It’s been almost 40 years since Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton got into it with “He who walks behind the rows,” in Fritz Kiersch’s Children of the Corn, based on a story by Stephen King.
Today, Deadline reports that director Kurt Wimmer’s film will finally get a theatrical release on March 3, with a Shudder streaming release on March 21. But don’t get too excited, because this isn’t a remake or even a reboot. Wimmer has said this version has “almost nothing to do” with King’s original short story or the ’84 movie.
“We went back to the story and free-associated from there,” the director told Variety.
You may also notice the dateline for production is 2020. It was big news at the time that Wimmer was going to shoot his movie in Australia during the height of the COVID pandemic. Through safety protocols including social distancing, they managed to get through it.
Producer Lucas Foster said at the time, “You can theorize all you like about safety protocols, but until you get on set, you don’t really know. But I can now tell you it is impossible to keep a camera crew 1.5 meters apart.”
This updated take on King’s short story doesn’t appear to involve a married couple on a road trip at all. Instead, it is an origin story about how all the adults in the small town met their murderous ends.
“Children of the Corn follows a 12 year old girl in Nebraska who is possessed by a spirit in a dying cornfield. She recruits the other children in her small town to go on a bloody rampage and kill all the adults and anyone else who opposes her. A bright high schooler who won’t go along with the plan is the town’s only hope of survival.” — Deadline
Make sure to keep checking back to iHorror for the trailer once it drops. And let us know whether you like the concept of moving away from the original story, or if you would have liked it to follow King’s short story more closely.
Drew Barrymore Welcomes Allison Williams By Dressing Up Like ‘M3GAN’
Allison Williams star of the breakout hit, M3GAN. The film has brought in a huge and unexpected amounts of money and continues to climb. Right now it is sitting at $125 million and counting. In order to welcome Williams, Barrymore got in full M3GAN gear and served up some dance moves, and acted out other qualities the doll brings to her home.
Barrymore hilariously begins to have technical difficulties with her contact lenses leading to a moment that rivals the contact lens malfunction in Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and that is saying a lot.
The synopsis for M3GAN goes like this:
“M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll that’s programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. Designed by Gemma, a brilliant roboticist, M3GAN can listen, watch and learn as it plays the role of friend and teacher, playmate and protector. When Gemma becomes the unexpected caretaker of her 8-year-old niece, she decides to give the girl an M3GAN prototype, a decision that leads to unimaginable consequences.“
M3GAN is now playing in theaters everywhere.
Wes Craven’s ‘Red Eye’ is Getting a 4K UHD Release
Wes Craven is a true master of horror. He gave us A Nightmare on Elm Street and a few other timeless classics. Right around the time he dove into Scream he also took flight with a big thriller that scored well with audiences who were all on the edge of their seats. Craven’s Red Eye did well at the box-office and had that word of mouth that kept it in theaters for weeks. Red Eye is now coming to 4K UHD and it is coming with some rad special features.
The synopsis for Red Eye goes like this:
“In the wake of her grandmother’s funeral, hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) is waiting to fly back home when she meets charming Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy) at check-in. She thinks it luck that they’re seated together on the plane, but soon learns otherwise. Jackson hopes to assassinate the head of Homeland Security, but to do so, he needs Lisa to reassign the official’s room number at her hotel. As insurance, Jackson has kidnapped Lisa’s father (Brian Cox).“
The special features for Red Eye break down like this:
The special features for Red Eye goes like this:
New 4K Restoration of the film
Dolby Vision/HDR Presentation of the film
NEW Audio commentary by editor Patrick Lussier
NEW Filmmaker Focus – Wes Craven and Red Eye
NEW Wes Craven: In His Own Words – Featurette
Audio commentary by Wes Craven, Producer Marianne Maddalena, and Editor Patrick Lussier
The Making of Red Eye – Featurette
Wes Craven: A New Kind of Thriller – Featurette
Optional English SDH, English, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature
Collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments
Are you excited about Red Eye coming to 4K UHD? Paramount Home Media Distribution releases Craven’s classic on March 21.