Slashers We Love: “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” and “Last House on the Left”

The favorite slasher contest is over and thank you everyone for your great submissions. Congratulations to Ryan Howe and Brian C Tyler for winning autographed copies of Teddy. This week on the Slasher Studios Facebook Page we are asking you to submit your favorite slasher movie death scenes and why they love them so much. Should be interesting. After all, a slasher lives or dies on it’s death scenes…literally. What follows are two extra reviews that Brian and Ryan wrote for favorite slasher question.

Brian C Tyler-“Wes Craven’s New Nightmare”

Another favorite of mine is this 1994 love letter to both the fans and the people behind the original Nightmare on Elm Street. Wes Craven returns to the series along with Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon and Bob Shaye to tell a chilling story that draws from both the original film and real life. The evil that Craven trapped in the Nightmare series is now set free after the previous film killed Freddy for good, and he’s after Heather and her son. There’s lots of great homages to the original film along with brand new, original and very unique fright sequences but the best things about this film… Craven puts Heather/Nancy back in the spotlight and makes Freddy scary again.

Ryan Howe-“The Last House on the Left”

Ok… a very brief breakdown of “Last House on the Left”. First off this movie proves that Wes Craven is still a genius at helping guys get laid. My friend Sam invited me and a couple of young Russian girls over to watch this movie. The girls had never heard of the movie.
20 minutes in… a rape and a murder… the girls are huddling together on the couch.
40 minutes in… gruesome rape being performed by the dad from “Raising Hope”…. the girls are practically crying.
1 hour in…. brutal, gruesome rape, twisted sordid kind of stuff… I have a beautiful Russian girl in my lap… physically in my lap.
1 hour, 20 mins in… I was wishing that I was straight or horror movies had the same effect on hot guys.

Meta Movie Magic: “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” Review

After the dismal “Freddy’s Dead”, Freddy seemed to be dead and buried for at least a few years. It, however, was in 1994 that Wes Craven came up with the radical idea of bringing Freddy back for another nightmare…a “New Nightmare”. Gone was funny Freddy and the fresh looking 80’s MTV teenagers and in was a concept so unique and groundbreaking that it just couldn’t work? Or could it…

But..let us start back at the beginning. In 1984, horror director Wes Craven created “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” It was acclaimed as one of the scariest movies ever made and made unknowns like Robert Englund, Johnny Depp, and Heather Langenkamp huge stars. Ten years later, Heather is living happily with her husband, Chase, and her son, Dylan. But her life has now been turned upside down because she is being stalked by a person who sounds like Nightmare villain Freddy Krueger. Chase has just been killed in a car accident after he accidentally fell asleep behind the wheel. Dylan refuses to sleep any more, and New Line Cinema has just offered her a part in “the ultimate Nightmare.” But some other strange things have been happening, including earthquakes and Craven being tight-lipped about the script. The ultimate truth is that Freddy Krueger is actually an ancient demon breaking out into our world, but in order to do that, he must go through Heather. And he knows he can get out by harming those near her.

Sound convoluted? Pretentious? Overly meta? Shockingly, no. “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. 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. The film 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. I really can’t say enough about this film and homages to the original are expertly placed. It is my favorite horror film of all time and a modern classic.

Buy It Here: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare