Robert Englund

Today in slightly depressing but inevitable news: Robert Englund, the actor who made dream murderer Freddy Krueger immortal, says he’s too old to ever play the character again. Time marches on for all of us, and it seems age has caught up with Mr. Englund to the point where slipping on his razor glove and tattered Christmas sweater is no longer a possibility.

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Cult of Chucky Blu-ray

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

It’s time for another physical media round-up! Look, I get it – you’re trying to declutter, you don’t want a bunch of Blu-ray discs all over your place. “Why buy a physical copy when I can just stream everything?” you might ask. Maybe I’m crazy, but I still think there’s something sacred about physical media. To be able to have the film you want when you want it, no hassle – unless you consider getting up and popping a disc into a player to be a hassle, in which case you’re just being lazy. It’s worth remembering that not every movie is available to stream. And even things that currently are streaming always stand the risk of expiring. That’ll never happen with your physical media.

This week on Blu-ray, there’s a sequel to the longest running horror franchise, a sequel to the lamest running Disney franchise, an existential haunted house movie and the directorial debut of Freddy Krueger. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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Nightmares in the Makeup Chair

One of the things I’ve always loved about Robert Englund is that he seems to genuinely love being Freddy Krueger. Some actors grow jaded when they find themselves associated with a single character and their bitterness radiates in every interview (and sometimes in the performances themselves). But Englund? Englund seems seems happy to be there, happy to endure the prosthetics, and happy to have created a character that has resonated with so many people all over the world.

While Englund will most likely never headline a Nightmare on Elm Street movie ever again (and the remake may have killed the series forever), he’s becoming the iconic horror movie killer at least one more time for the new documentary Nightmares in the Makeup Chair, which will pay tribute to the practical effects artists who have brought the character to life over the years.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live

Lord Vader, we only use this facility for Star Wars Bits. You put him in there, it might kill him! Here’s what you’ll find in this edition of news from a galaxy far, far away:

  • A video tribute to all the Rebel Alliance pilots killed in Star Wars
  • How did Robert Englund help Mark Hamill become Luke Skywalker?
  • Carrie Fisher‘s advice to The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley
  • Neil Patrick Harris and his family got in the Star Wars spirit for Halloween
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live gets a special Star Wars episode this month
  • Gwendoline Christie talks Captain Phasma
  • Harrison Ford talked The Force Awakens dressed as a hot dog
  • Disneyland Tokyo gets a special Jakku edition of Star Tours
  • Kevin Smith has seen some of The Force Awakens
  • See some of the products coming to Season of the Force soon
  • The Force Awakens stars reprise roles for Disney Infinity 3.0
  • How is Revenge of the Sith the best Star Wars movie ever?
  • Peter Mayhew on his time on The Force Awakens set
  • Star Wars themed Duracell and Toys R Us commercials.

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Inception on Elm Street

Thanks to the twisted mind of the recently passed horror icon Wes Craven, we’ll forever have Freddy Krueger to haunt our nightmares. And while one of the Nightmare on Elm Street films finally decided to have Freddy’s victims go out of their way to fight back in their dreams, only one dream expert has the power to stop him once and for all: Leonardo DiCaprio.

More specifically, it’s Leonardo DiCaprio as Cobb, the character from Christopher Nolan’s dreamscape action thriller Inception. A trailer mash-up entitled Inception on Elm Street makes Cobb the dream gatekeeper that Freddy Krueger has to get by first before he came leap from our dreams into the real world. It makes for a rather intriguing concept. Read More »

Fast and Furious 7 - Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel

Whether you want to read Keanu Reeves‘ regrets about the (non-existent) Constantine sequel, Robert Englund‘s hopes for a (theoretical) Elm Street prequel, or Alfonso Cuaron‘s thoughts on the Harry Potter spinoff, there’s a little something for everyone here. Also after the jump:

  • Gareth Evans breaks down the trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal
  • Michael Bay hints at a big theme from Transformers 4
  • Steven Spielberg gets a bit political while in Hawaii for Jurassic World
  • See more pics of Vin Diesel on the set of Fast & Furious 7
  • The 300: Rise of an Empire site offers new pics and footage

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The horror anthology is alive and well once again, thanks in large part to V/H/S, its upcoming sequel (reviewed here) and The ABCs of Death. The latest horror anthology is Sanitarium, in which three directors — Bryan Ramirez, Kerry Valderrama and Bryan Oritz — tell three tales of institutions for the insane.

Malcolm McDowell leads the cast, and narrates this trailer with a chillingly ironic sense of cold observation. This red-band trailer for the film won’t give you too much structure for each of the three plots, but it does suggest a few of the horrors that wait within the institution. The cast also features Robert Englund, Lacey Chabert, Lou Diamond Phillips, John Glover, and Walter Perez. Check out a trailer below. Read More »

Three directors recently booked brand new films: one underworked, one overworked and another making his debut. After the jump read about

  • Joe Dante will be directing the horror-thriller Air Disturbance.
  • Shawn Levy takes over This Is Where I Leave You, a family comedy originally set for Adam Shankman
  • Writer Max Landis will make his directorial debut with Me Him Her, a “sexual identity comedy.”

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There’s so much in this edition of Sequel Bits it’s insane. Let’s get going. After the jump read about the following:

  • David Fincher is still figuring out how to make The Girl Who Played With Fire.
  • Ron Perlman still has no idea when Hellboy 3 might happen.
  • A new image from Paranormal Activity 4 has been released.
  • Frank Marshall said “all possibilities are open” if the Bourne franchise continues.
  • Andy Nyman has been cast as The Tumor in Kick-Ass 2.
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was voted the most disappointing film of all time.
  • NBA superstar LeBron James tweeted that he’d love to make Space Jam 2.
  • Lake Placid: The Final Chapter, starring Robert Englund, premieres next month.
  • Check out photos of Jessica Alba preparing for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Everyone has something to say in today’s Sequel Bits, whether it’s Star Trek 2 co-writer Alex Kurtzman on the magneticism of Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Englund on Freddy Krueger’s backstory, or Frank Spotnitz on the possibility of another X-Files movie. Also after the jump:

  • Details on the new (in-canon) video game sequel to Aliens
  • James Cameron and Jon Landau have big plans for the Avatar franchise
  • The MPAA stamps Piranha 3DD with a well deserved R rating

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