On this day in 1994, Wes Craven unleashed a brand new Freddy Krueger on horror audiences around the world in the form of Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. The film was a groundbreaking horror sequel that toyed with audience’s expectations. While mostly well reviewed, the film ended its run at the box office with a disappointing take that didn’t leave New Line Cinema begging for more.

I will never forget the first time I watched Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. I begged my parents to take me to the theater to see it but that, sadly, was a no-go. It wasn’t playing within an hour of where I lived and by the time my local theater received it, it was in and out in a week. The reviews I read (at the age of ten, I was a subscriber to Entertainment Weekly…whether that is awesome or sad can be left up to your own judgment) were very mixed. The critics that loved it (The New York Times, Roger Ebert, USA Today) hailed the film’s praises but the critics that hated it (Entertainment Weekly being one of them) called the film a pretentious mess. I had no idea what to expect going in but I know for certain I didn’t expect it to be the one movie that would change my life for the better part of two decades.

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare tells the story of what happens when the evil that is created in any work of art (in this case, the Elm Street films) is released into mass media. It is the first mainstream horror movie to truly ask the question as to what effect the art being made has on the audience that views it. It is a powerful question and it has been the surface of debate ever since the medium of film was created. What New Nightmare does so spectacularly is it takes it to the next “meta” level of having the actors and filmmakers of the original Nightmare in on the phenomenon. What should come across as convoluted is strangely thought provoking.

But..let us start back at the beginning. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare begins with a scene that is a direct homage to the original Nightmare on Elm Street with “Freddy” working on building a new glove. Little do we know that this is just a tease as we are actually watching the behind-the-scenes work on a brand new Nightmare film complete with Wes Craven and the very beautiful Heather Langenkamp. An effect goes wrong, the Freddy glove comes to life, and two special effects guys are brutally murdered. The film takes another turn by revealing this to be only a dream of Langenkamp, a foreboding warning of what is yet to come. We meet Heather in her everyday life. She appears to be happily married to a special effects guy named Chase, and has a young boy named Dylan. But her life is about to change as a series of harassing phone calls threaten her sanity. When her husband dies in a car accident and her son starts exhibiting some “Freddy like” behavior, her world is turned upside down and she is forced to confront the question of whether or not Freddy has entered into her “real life.” The only way to stop this “new Freddy” is to appear in another Elm Street film effectively putting the Genie (Freddy) back in the bottle (The film series).

To me, New Nightmare is that rare horror film in which everything works. The performances are pitch perfect, lead by a tour-de-force performance by the amazing Langenkamp (she has never been better than she is here). The script is full of twists and turns and the movie is quite possibly the best looking of the entire series. What starts out as a maze of mirrors becomes something much more than your typical nightmare. As I said before, the film brilliantly examines the role film plays on those who watch it. Something that Wes Craven’s Scream would play out to great effect two years later and something that I myself toyed with in writing Popularity Killer. I really can’t say enough about this film and homages to the original are expertly placed. I think about this film on a nearly daily basis and I hope one day to create a work on art that has the same merits of this film. It really is something special.

Slasher Studios Slashes Up Crypticon-Minneapolis September 6th-8th

It’s that time of year again and Slasher Studios will be hitting the horror conventions with our first stop at Crypticon-Minneapolis from September 6th-8th. We hope to see you all there and make sure to stop by our table and pick up some killer goodies! It’s going to be a gory good time for everyone. Can’t make the convention but still want to support indie horror? Pick up any of our films or t-shirts (at new discounted prices) down below and we would be happy to send them to you for your horror home. Thanks again for all the incredible support. YOU are the reason we do this!!

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Celebrate a Blood Red DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS In July

Celebrate Christmas in July with Dismembering Christmas on DVD & limited edition VHS! Who says you can’t celebrate holiday horror all year round? If you love holiday horror, Slasher Studios’ Dismembering Christmas is the movie for you. A tribute to the glory days of holiday horror. Featuring all practical effects in our second slasher feature, it’s the perfect way to run some ice cold blood into these hot summer months!


It was supposed to be a holiday vacation they would never forget, not a holiday vacation they would never survive. When Mark and his friends go up to his fathers new vacation home for Christmas vacation, they were ready for a fun time. Out in the middle of nowhere, the house is cheerfully decorated for Christmas. But an unknown visitor is there, and one by one they are murdered. Its Christmas and not a creature is stirring except the killer in the house…

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Slasher Studios DVD Sale: Buy One, Get One Free

We are thrilled to offer you horror friends one last slasher sale of the summer. To help celebrate a killer 4th of July, we have an awesome buy one, get one free sale on our dvd selections. Simply purchase DON’T GO TO THE REUNION on DVD and you will receive either DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS or IRRATIONAL FEAR absolutely free with your order. Simply use the drop down menu to select which free dvd you would like to receive. This sale ends on Sunday at midnight so don’t miss out! All dvds are region free AND we ship worldwide.

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Beer, Booze, & Betrayal: MA (2019) Review

After moving back to her mother Erica’s hometown, Maggie is struggling with the fact that her mother is now never home due to her new job as a waitress at a casino. Though, it isn’t long before she becomes friends with a group of kids consisting of Andy, Haley, Chaz, and Darrell, ultimately developing a relationship with Andy. When the local drinking spot gets busted, they are invited by lonely local vet assistant Sue Ann (after she just recently bought the alcohol) to party her place. But eventually once Sue Ann aka Ma begins to get a bit too possessive and creepy, the friends begin to want to stay away. But as secrets from the past are revealed, Ma’s behavior goes from creepy to insane.

For starters, any spoilers you have seen in the trailer are pretty misleading, so rest assured there. The film was a lot more of a slow-burn than I was expecting, but despite this, it’s still a hell of a lot of fun. The pace the film chooses works as a representation of Ma’s sanity. When we first meet Ma she seems like a friendly enough woman, but as the film progresses her crazy levels grows, so by the time we reach the intense ending, Sue Ann has full-on lost it. The thing is, Ma isn’t your typical villain, there’s a more emotional core to her that becomes more revealed the more her background is shown and you genuinely feel sorry for her, while at the same time becoming freaked out by her and seeing her get what she deserves. This may make the viewer unsure how to feel, but it’s an interesting take on a villain.

Even more rare is that the teens in Ma’s crosshairs are actually pretty damn tolerable, likable, and feel very realistic. We are also treated to the lead teen Maggie’s mother Erica getting a lot more to do than being the basic mother character, other than one questionable moment, we also have a great and realistic mother/daughter relationship between them that isn’t just a dramatic screaming match between them. It’s really the other adult characters that aren’t given that much to do, especially Luke Evans’ character who actually has a pretty integral part to the story and is Andy’s father (we don’t even see the father and son together in any scenes). The biggest issues I have involve subplot involving what Ma is hiding upstairs that makes her forbid the kids from going up there. It’s not all out terrible or stupid, but it didn’t exactly feel necessary to the plot, and by removing it, we could have spent more time with the characters that weren’t fleshed out as much. The other issue is that it didn’t exactly utilize its R-rating apart from some nudity and language. Any violence we have could have easily been passed for a PG-13.

Those are really all the issues I had, but it didn’t make me enjoy the film any less, because the fact is, this is an extremely fun horror movie that has a great build-up, but also rides on the excellent performance by Octavia Spencer as Ma, who is not only having a blast with the part, but does such an amazing job showing the different layers and emotions to her character. The young cast in addition to Juliette Lewis as Erica also do a great job. For the stalker subgenre, this feels like a breath of fresh air. It’s not a full-on thriller on the levels of Fear or Fatal Attraction, not full-on campy like Obsessed or The Boy Next Door, it’s perfectly nested between the two and just a hell of a lot of fun.

–Cody Landman

Nothing But the Best: THE PERFECTION (2019) Review

Charlotte is a woman who was once a child prodigy as a talented cellist. But when her mother fell ill, she was forced to quit and care for her. Years later, after her mother’s passing, Charlotte returns the life she left behind to a party thrown by her old teacher. There, she finds that he’s found himself a new pupil named Lizzie. As Charlotte and Lizzie’s relationship grows, strange occurrences begin to happen.

This film a very tough one to talk about without giving too much away. Go in VERY blindly with this one in order to allow the surprises of the film to be more effective. This is how I went in, and I’m so glad I did. There are so many different layers to this film that it keeps you guessing of what will happen next and where it is going to go. Some parts are pretty grotesque, some are shocking, and there is plenty of intensity throughout to keep it engaging, along with the constant twists and turns. By the end of the film, you do find yourself asking certain questions, but much of these are more or less things you can form your own conclusion on.

More than anything this is a film where the ride to the final crazy and satisfying conclusion is worth taking. The performances by our two leading ladies (Allison Williams as Charlotte and Logan Browning as Lizzie) are great and are just as layered as the film itself and they nail every aspect because they completely and psychologically with the story and the characters they are playing. As of right now, this is probably the best horror film of the year so far. Once, again, GO INTO THIS AS BLIND AS POSSIBLE!

–Cody Landman

Superboy Horror: BRIGHTBURN (2019) Review

A couple who is unable to conceive, come across a baby who has seemingly fallen from the sky. They raise the boy as their own and name him Brandon. As Brandon grows older, he starts to develop mysterious abilities, but as his abilities grow stronger, the live of his parents, and the people of Brightburn find their lives in danger.

Brightburn is an evil kid horror film that essentially comes in the form of a re-telling of Superman/Clark Kent if Clark grew up to be evil. This is the film’s biggest strength. It tells a solid, entertaining, and original story for an evil kid film. Where it weakens though also lies in the script. The story is good, but the script is really rushed. We don’t much development or establishment of Brandon and his family, nor do we get much of Brandon and the people he encounters in town. We are only given bits and pieces. It would have been nice to see these relationships as well as the development of his abilities as the film progresses.

All of this said, the film still does entertain and gives us some nice gory scenes, and we also are given a pretty dark ending the feels like a punch in the gut in regards to a particular character, this all after a pretty intense final 20 minutes that slightly makes up for the lack of thrills we had prior. For a small budget, the effects actually look pretty well-done. In terms of acting, Elizabeth Banks turns in a fantastic performances as Brandon’s conflicted mother who feels torn between the love of her son and the obvious signs that something isn’t right with him. The rest of the cast does a fine job as well. Unfortunately, one of the most important elements of a creepy kid film is the performance of said creepy kid. Jackson A. Dunn’s performance as Brandon is extremely bland and lacking in the creep factor, this also doesn’t help the film in the creep factor either. Despite the rushed script and lack of thrills, the movie does set itself up for what could be a very promising series, one that I definitely would continue to watch for Brandon’s growing rise to evil.

–Cody Landman

Slasher Studios Summer Blow Out Sale: DVDs, Blu-Rays, & More

For a limited time only, all Slasher Studios shirts are now just $15 and all dvds/limited edition blurays are now just $10 each. Score a dvd, limited edition Irrational Fear shirt, limited edition blu-ray or pick up a Slasher Studios logo tee and help us celebrate the slasher love! As an added bonus, you’ll receive a FREE 11×17 poster when you purchase two or more items while supplies last.

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As we get working on our latest horror feature script (more details coming soon), we thought we’d offer the slasher friends out there one last chance to get a killer deal on our first two features. Both DON’T GO TO THE REUNION and DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS on DVD are now just $8 each or buy both for just $15 (that’s like buy one get one free)! This is the lowest price these films will ever be so don’t miss out on this killer deal. Supplies are limited! Sale ends on May 10th.




Conjuring Up Blandness: THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA (2019) Review

A recently widowed social worker, Anna, is investigating a case where the mother of two young boys is exhibit disturbing behavior by locking them in a closet insisting she’s protecting them from La Llorona. La Llorona is a legend of woman in white who drowned her kids in the river after her husband left her for someone else, and then killing herself. Now she seeks out new children to replace them, and if you hear her cries she targets you. Now Anna discovers her own children have been targeted and must do whatever she can to protect them.

The newest entry in the Conjuring universe ranks with the original Annabelle and The Nun as one of the weakest films in the franchise. We are given a very interesting story with a creepy legend and villain. Unfortunately there is very little substance to either of these things. While we do love seeing Anna fighting for her kids, as a horror movie, it’s very lame. The film and its villain are relegated to nothing but the same jump scares over and over, and La Llorona is relegated to nothing but lunging and screaming. This could have been so much better if it eased back on the jump scares and relied more on building suspense, intensity, and a creepy atmosphere. While The Nun was also a weak film, it at least built itself around trying to appear creepy and atmospheric. It also needed a lot more depth and emotional pull with the family that it barely scratched the surface with. Aside from the scares, we also are subjected to extremely cringeworthy humor from the spiritualist who helps the family. It also features one of the most frustrating and dumb character decisions I’ve seen in a horror film in a while, and I don’t care that it was a child, especially when said child knew they weren’t supposed to do this act but they did it anyway. All this said, the film’s biggest strength rides on Linda Cardellini as Anna. She seriously carries this movie on her back by emitting a good amount of emotion in her performance. She expresses the grief she feels of losing her husband, being a single mom, and now having to worry for her children’s lives and the fear of what’s now haunting them.

Overall, this movie was a huge missed opportunity in how they chose to approach this film but making it nothing but a jump scare film. And it’s unfortunate because Linda Cardellini puts so much effort into the role that the writers and producers should have put into the script and film, especially with a good story at hand.

–Cody Landman