How Freddy Krueger changed horror movies

nightmare-on-elm-streetImage Credit: Everett CollectionAt some point in the 1980s, probably around the time of the fourth or fifth Friday the 13th sequel, I realized that horror movies had, in effect, become comedies. It was all part of a ritual. You went out to the multiplex with your buddies, or maybe on a date, to see the latest by-the-numbers blood feast in which a sick young man in a goalie mask devised creative new ways to gouge and dismember a series of good- looking and eminently dispensable bad actors. In theory, everyone in the audience was there to be scared, to be shocked into fear by the awesome savagery on display. Yet these movies, in the space of about five years, had grown so formulaic, so predictable in their extremity and slaughter, that their very “terror” had turned fatally campy.

And so the audience cowered, and trembled a bit, and jumped out of their seats — and laughed. We laughed at the giddy fun of being scared, but also at the sheer dumb corny roteness of those hulking, heavy-breathing faux-brute killers. The predictability of it all was funny, and maybe borderline insulting, a kind of shared in-joke. On some level, it was all about the comic high of feeling superior — to the victims on screen, and to your own anxieties. Don’t go in the attic! Oh, look, he’s going in the attic! Watch that friggin’ dumb-ass get what he deserves!

But until A Nightmare on Elm Street, in 1984, we were all laughing at these movies, not with them. Freddy Krueger changed all that. Apart from the fact that he was a ghost who slaughtered you not in the basement or some godforsaken cabin but in your dreams, he certainly did have plenty in common with Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees, the two superstars of slasherdom. (Leatherface, the godather of them all, was a far greater screen character, but at that point The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was still a cult film, under the radar for most of the mass audience. Why, it hadn’t even spawned a sequel!) Yet Jason and Michael, in their angry, wordless, bruised-adolescent way, were straight men, lugs with machetes. Freddy, with his leer and his cackle and his slightly goofy scarecrow look, was a showman, a snarky demon clown, a burlesque master of ceremonies. In his first big scene in A Nightmare on Elm Street, he holds his arms out wide, like a wall-shadow parody of a boogeyman, then mockingly slices off two of his own fingers. A new kind of killer has arrived. He’s not just here to scare you — he’s here to have a good time doing it. Let’s party!

I should point out that there are many, many precedents to Freddy Krueger’s antic high comedy of evil-as-fun. Back in 1964, Herschell Gordon Lewis, the trash visionary who invented the splatter film, made his masterpiece of drive-in gore, Two Thousand Maniacs, and if you’ve never had a chance to see it, by all means get hold of a copy (it’s out on DVD). Set in a Southern small town whose residents take revenge on a pack of Yankee visitors by slaughtering them in gruesomely kooky ways, it’s an all-out funny monster-redneck bash. Texas Chainsaw was definitely influenced by it, and so, perhaps, was Sam Raimi when he made the Evil Dead films. The granddaddy of the slasher genre — and the greatest horror film ever made — is Psycho, which Pauline Kael (even though she never much cared for it) aptly described as “a gothic horror comedy.” The comedy is there in the movie’s shower-curtain-pulled-out-from-under-you slyness — but also, quite directly, in the character of Mrs. Bates, with her mockingly exaggerated scolding whine of a voice. Speaking of homicidal harridans, you can trace Freddy Krueger’s sinister, grinning gamesmanship right back to Margaret Hamilton’s Wicked Witch of the West, when she lights Ray Bolger’s arm and cackles, “How about a little fire, Scarecrow?”

All of these films know, on some basic level, that horror is comedy (or can be). What set Freddy Krueger apart is that, as played by Robert Englund (with madcap inspiration), he was at once the movie’s monster and its vaudeville host, standing outside the action, saying, in essence, “Get a load of this! Get a load of me!” (In that sense, the age of horror-as-one-liner snark probably started the moment that Jack Nicholson poked his head through the door in The Shining and said, with bug-house sarcasm, “Here’s Johnny!”) That stylized circus-ringmaster quality only grew as the Nightmare on Elm Street series went on. By the time of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), the best movie in the series apart from the first one, Freddy popped up as a kind of giant slime-snake, looking like nothing so much as a float in the homecoming parade. He couldn’t smash a girl’s face into a television set without rasping “This is it, Jennifer! Your big break in TV! Welcome to prime time, bitch!” At that point, the audience was definitely having fun — and, in effect, rooting for the killer. Like Freddy, we, too, were standing outside the action, watching ourselves watch Freddy scare us, and laughing at the whole fun-house charade.

Of course, it’s not as if horror movies after Freddy just became comedies. By and large, they went back to being played straight. Yet what had begun in the days of those junky and interchangeable slasher flicks, and what Freddy more or less officially locked into place, was the garish, low-comedy, eye-rolling disposability of the horror genre. It wasn’t so much that horror films could now be funny. (Many of the best ones, from Psycho to Night of the Living Dead to Chainsaw to Carrie, had always been funny.) It was that horror films were now almost defiantly movies not to take seriously. Freddy ushered in an era where you almost had to laugh at them, or the joke was on you.

So what’s your all-time favorite horror movie…that’s also funny as hell? And how about your favorite Freddy Krueger one-liner?


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  • paige

    the Nightmare franchise is the best and most consistent of all the horror franchises – there, i said it

    • Gavin

      Disagree on that , i mean maybe yeh money wise just cos the brand is big. But to me 13th and halloween overall are much better overall.

      Jason just has so much more to him and he dont even talk. Freddy is comedy horror to me

      I like to be scared, he is as laughable as bloody Pinhead in Hellraiser.

      “I AM A MONSTER , AND U ARE A BAD GIRL IM COMING TO GET U”

      That type of crap, oh pleasseeeee!

      I do not disrespect ELM cos i am a hugeeeeeeee fan of them all. just saying i dont think its the greatest of the bunch!

      The New Star Wars movies made more then the Orig 3, dont mean there better does it haha

      • Jamey

        You are an idiot

      • Kevin

        There’s “more” to Jason? Really? Every movie is exactly the same, especially once the hockey mask is introduced. As a result, the Friday the 13th movies are actually BORING. The original Halloween is amazing, the 2nd one is OK, and I actually kind of like the non-Michael 3rd one, but the rest are unwatchable. Meanwhile, Freddy has 3 classics in the series and the other films at least have one-liners and interesting kills to keep things fresh.

      • kim

        you obviously are not a horror fan if you say elm street wasnt better than halloween and/or friday the 13th. also, you should really learn proper english if you are going to start a debate with someone else. your choppy grammar is the only thing that is laughable here, son.

      • johnrunion

        halloween is my all time favorite horror film. it is the best directed horror film since the original pyscho. friday the 13th is only a halloween rip-off. the people behind friday even sent others to the theaters to take notes on halloween when it was playing in theaters. carpenter is a better director than craven.

    • Jake

      Bon Apetite Bitch! That’s my fav. I love how this new remake brings out the darker more realistic side of the story and the actor playing freddy does a pretty good job, but since its my favorite series ever/ its not the same as having englund, the new freddy doesn’t even look freaky, englund was scarey, he had those eyes and protruding nose and sucken in look not to mention his facial expressions. I think englund needs to do one last sequel, for us fans and hey, guess what? I’ve got a great script for it in the works and over 256 out of 260 people I have suveyed love the idea and story line, but will he give a guy from iowa a chance to finally end the series like it should and on a killer note as well?

      • TJ

        You desperate tool. What does “over 256 out of 260 people” even mean? 257? Enjoy Iowa, you aren’t getting off that tractor any time soon.

      • your mama

        You are a douche, TJ.

    • johnrunion

      i give a passing grade to the original nightmare, nightmare 3: dream warriors, new nightmare and freddy vs. jason.
      i give a passing grade to the first friday the 13th + freddy vs. jason.
      john carpenter’s halloween is a True classic. i also like halloween II, 4:the return…, h2o and both of rob zombie’s halloween films.

  • johnrunion

    the friday sequels and the nightmare sequels gave horror a black eye in the 80’s. they were in effect horror movies for people who didn’t like horror movies. their success was built upon their ability to draw in the non-horror audience. their success over shadowed many great films of the decade. their popularity drove the horror audience under ground to find true horror films. the sequels to these two series caused horror fans to have to say they liked SOME horror films and to differentiate which ones. black comedy was one thing, but dull henny youngman one-liners was another.

    • Shelby Coman

      I have never heard how I felt about the endless Freddy/Jason sequels of the 80s put more perfectly. I agree completely!

      • johnrunion

        thank you. there were many great and very good horror films of the 80’s such john carpenter’s the thing, evil dead, evil dead 2, re-animator, from beyond, near dark, fright night, the shining, the step-father, pumpkinhead, alligator, joe dante’s the howling, the fog, basket case, brain damage, brain dead, texas chainsaw massacre 2, the films of david CRONENBERG which were over shadowed by the friday sequels and nightmare films. these other films i have mentioned + i am for certain i have left out many are films which are truly deserving to have such devoted followings/a fan base. yet when someone mentions ‘horror in the 80’s’ they usually are referring to the freddy/jason films. the friday/nightmare sequels are more like/were more like horror films for little kids.

      • CJ

        I agree completely and couldn’t have said it better myself. You gave some great classic examples of good horror movies. The sequels to A Nightmare on Elm St and Friday the 13th were anything BUT great!

      • Gavin

        Top man John , totally with ya!

        Im a freak for Friday, but likewise mate i was a huge fan on lot that u mentioned . Even actually loved “NIGHTBREED” Though i think it never really got the big following i had hoped. Just enjoyed it for what it was

      • Shasta

        The Thing! What a great one! I’d take that film over any traditional slasher flick

    • Martha

      Well said

      • johnrunion

        thanks for the replies. there are actually two interesting films with the title brain dead. there is Brain Dead (aka Dead Alive)and there is brain dead with bud cort. when a major studio like paramount and a mini-major like new line got involved in making horror films in the 80’s out went the independents and out went the creativity. that is not to say that major studios didn’t make great and classic horror before and after the arrival of night of the living dead in 1968, but once studios like paramount and new line figured out the ingredients to make a lot of $ in the horror genre and were able to wide release their ‘product’ it took a lot of screens away from and choked a lot of indie horror out. sadly, the same thing is happening today with much/most of the horror ‘product’ being released by platinum dung.

    • Vikki Sixx

      I have to disagree. I feel that the Friday the 13th and Elm Sts of the 80s actually helped to give the world those movies you listed,. Even independent films get their money from somewhere and the commercial success of the major series is what motivated many of the investors to invest in the horror genre.
      And I am hardly just some mainstream horror fan. I have seen evry single one of the movies you mentioned but back then I was also into the movies of people like Argento and Fulci…and I was a kid at the time. Just because you may not like that horror “crossed over” back then, it doesn’t mean they were “black eyes”

      • DT

        I have to agree with Vikki. You can talk crap about Elm Street all you like, but revenues from that series built New Line Cinema studios, and that’s the company that eventually made films like Seven and the Lord of the Rings series. Freddy may be laughable, but we wouldn’t have had those other gems without him, or we’d have had to wait much longer for them.

      • johnrunion

        nope. i stick by my original statement. many/most of the films i listed were part of the process that began with night of the living dead in ’68. with the introduction of the friday and nightmare sequels the films i listed were over shadowed by the main stream less than serious horror of the friday and nightmare sequels. the sequels to these two series are embarrassments for the most part, especially all of the friday sequels. i give a passing grade to the first nightmare, 3: dream warriors, new nightmare and even freddy vs. jason. to say that the success of the friday and nightmare series is what led to all/many/most of the films i listed getting made is unfounded. just because you enjoyed the films when you were a kid does not mean that they can/will hold up to adult scrutiny. to say you like something is an emotional response, which is different than a logical assessment. i like plenty of films that i know are badly made/poorly made crappy movies. DT’s statement about new line and how the success of the nightmare sequels led to other popular and/or well made films outside the horror genre is a different subject altogether. the fact that other well crafted films sprung forth from the $ of the nightmare films does not justify the series nor does it made the movies any better made films than they are. i stand by my statement that the friday and nightmare sequels had a negative impact upon the horror genre of the 80’s.

      • johnrunion

        i am glad that you know of argento. i hope you enjoy the films of bava as well. there are too many good horror films such as let’s scare jessica to death, alice sweet alice, death dream, repulsion, the tenant, the baby, the little girl who lives down the lane, carnival of souls, eraserhead, etc. you waste your adult life re-watching needless sequels. a couple of mid-90’s films i highly recommend outside of the horror genre are lost highway and clean shaven.

      • Vikki Sixx

        john, you are missing the whole point of what I am saying. I am not saying that the sequels are comparable to the ones you listed. I am, however, saying that the commercial success of the mainstream horror franchises of the 80s motivated more financial backers to provide the money needed to make a good portion of the little known underground horror flicks of the 80s and on. If they hadn’t had such commercial success, the little indie filmmakers wouldn’t have been able to convince people to finance their movies which means those movies would never have been made.
        And of course I love Bava…and a good portion of the ones you mentioned. And so you know…I don’t waste my adult life re-watching needless sequels. The horror movie I rewatch on average is Night of the Living Dead and the next genre movies I will be viewing are Survival of the Dead and Human Centipede.

      • johnrunion

        no, i understand what you are saying. i just disagree. thus my statement “many/most of the films i listed were part of the process that began with night of the living dead in ’68.” with romero’s film a more serious cycle of horror film began. that cycle of horror film either ended or was winding down by the time of all of the sequels. the films that were released after the time or during the time of the sequels were over shadowed by the sequels. if you will notice many of the films i listed were released BEFORE the first nightmare. some were all ready in development before or at the same time as the first friday or others were in development at the same time as the first nightmare. as for the ones that came after some of them were ‘counter programming’ to the mainstream horror. they were an alternative to it. they were made in effect to reach horror fans who didn’t like the jasons and freddys.

      • Vikki Sixx

        Seeing as how you included Friday the 13th in the list…well…11 of the ones you named came after Friday the 13th part 2 was released…
        AND 6 were released after Elm St 2.
        Furthermore, if they were made as “counter programming” to Elm St and Friday the 13th it just furthers my point that the making of the Elm Sts and the Friday the 13ths directly helped to make the ones you listed.

      • johnrunion

        you will have a difficult time convincing me or most anyone else that carpenter’s the thing, the films of david cronenberg released in the 80’s, many, many of the others i mentioned found financing due to the popularity of friday the 13th + it’s sequels, which itself was just a rip-off of halloween. i would never deny that the popularity of the slasher films is what got the step-father and texas chainsaw massacre 2 and their sequels made, but still that cycle began with the popularity and critical success of halloween, not friday the 13th. films such as evil dead, evil dead 2, re-animator, from beyond, brain damage were made in direct opposition to the slasher genre thus my term ‘counter programming’. the fog was carpenter’s follow-up to halloween. alligator and the howling were made around the same time and released within weeks of friday the 13th 2 and are in no way connected to the financial success of friday the 13 2. if your theory had stuck with the popularity of the slasher genre as opposed to horror in general it/your theory would possibly have more validity…but still the cycle of slasher films began with halloween after having several false starts with films such as black Christmas. i stick with my theory that a cycle of horror films in general began with night of the living dead in ’68 and that some time after the original dawn of the dead and halloween that many great films were released and buried/over shadowed by the generic sequels of friday and nightmare, which were made in no small part due to crassness and greed and avoided creativity because they had the mainstream/non-horror audience in mind as a big part of their target audience.

      • johnrunion

        i love the horror genre. it is my favorite type of film. i feel the needless friday and nightmare sequels added nothing to the genre. i feel that they took plenty away from horror however and caused the genre much un-necessary and un-needed and otherwise un-founded criticism. they were/are a black eye to horror in the 80’s. i feel they are not creativity conceived films and are merely the lowest common denominator movies made to reach the widest possible audience (including the non-horror audience) to reap the biggest $ returns for the producers. directors as a general rule make the most creative films, while a film or film series that is producer driven is merely made to harvest cash from the undiscriminating movie goer. the sequels were conceived with demographics in mind to give that audience exactly what they wanted as opposed to making a film which would add something to the horror genre in a creative manner.

      • johnrunion

        yes, the nightmare series helped to establish new line studios, but then again so did the ninja turtle series.
        as for friday the 13th 2, there are two murders in that film that were lifted directly from a bay of blood aka last house on the left 2 aka twitch of the death nerve + probably about a dozen other titles. the action in bay of blood also begins on the 13th + there is a son who lives in a shack by the lake. bay of blood also features a beheading which may have been the primary influence upon the first friday’s finale. jason’s first appearance in the first friday (now considered to be a dream sequence) is a direct lift from dePalma’s carrie finale.

    • Chan

      I glanced through different lists, and I noticed The Shining being listed, but there was nothing of the other Stephen King movies. What is your opinion on them?

      The reason I ask, is because there are a lot of other great films that came from the books (though the books are far superior…) and curiosity, I suppose.

      • johnrunion

        DePalma’s carrie has it’s moments. i previously mentioned the dead zone (though as a cronenberg film, not for being a king adaptation). i really like christine a lot…even though carpenter has written it off/doesn’t like it himself. i recall liking one of the stories in cat’s eye. i haven’t seen that film since it’s original release. cujo is actually quite good (to me, any way). salem’s lot the tobe hooper mini-series is quite good; avoid the edited down version at all costs. the dark half has it’s moments. i actually like creepshow II better than the first one. in the first creepshow the crate is the best story to me. i don’t think king actually wrote anything for II, did he? children of the corn just doesn’t hold up to me. i didn’t care for the movie of firestarter. i didn’t care for maximum overdrive at all. graveyard shift had some interesting performances. pet sematary was above average; it pales in comparison to king’s novel. gary busey was great in silver bullet, but i didn’t care for the movie. return to salem’s lot i recall liking. director samuel fuller appeared as an actor. there are many i haven’t seen, haven’t mentioned, have forgotten. stand by me, though not horror, IS a classic.

      • johnrunion

        i think the king adaptations to film that have stood the test of time the very best are kubrick’s the shining, carpenter’s christine and cronenberg’s the dead zone.
        i haven’t seen all of the mini-series version of the shining. the mini-series of IT! is a nice way to pass an afternoon and that is all. it is visually flat and pennywise deserved a better actor.

  • destiny

    how did he get mean and why did he kill people and thay dont hem i dont get it it just fanned

    • commentor

      wat skool dud u go to?

      • Kelly

        What school didn’t you go to?

      • Desmo

        I think he went to the school where he learned what sarcasm is. Maybe you should pay a visit Kelly?

    • michael

      Freddy was a child molester who was acquitted on a technicality. The parents, however, were not so charitable. So (in the original), he goes after their children.

      • Andy

        He wasn’t a child molestor just a child murder because childs services took his daughter away.Which is a good reason why i hate the new adaptation of Nightmare on Elm Street where he really is a child molester T-T.

    • Bozmanbeyond

      Thats what we call a Super Mario Fail!

  • BG 17

    Freddy actually was host of the Nightmare on Elm St. TV series, and it seemed odd to see him out of the shadows, almost acting like Elvira. I ate it up though – the worst part of the Nightmare films was that Freddy only showed up for seconds at a time and I always wanted more.

  • MD

    Owen – I cannot believe we agree on something 100% – Dream Warriors was the best Nightmare movie!

    • Gavin

      I think Dream warriors was probs one of the best ! I enjoyed 1 and 2 also though . I cant really put a Fave cos there all great in there own way. I think the orig is the stand out though then 3 then 2

    • Vikki Sixx

      MD, don’t be surprised. It is the general consensus that Dream Warriors is the bets of the sequels due to it still having some of the darkness of the first but the start of Freddy using more creative storylike deaths.

  • Tiffany

    freddy is a beast!
    i luv his movies
    they are the best
    4 real!
    they are better than any other scary movie!

  • leed

    nightmare on elm street 4:the dream master. best in the series. it doesn’t get better than alice beating freddy in a church.

  • johnrunion

    the friday sequels and the nightmare sequels brought about the end to a golden age of horror that ran from night of the living dead, the exorcist, texas chainsaw massacre, carrie, halloween and contained films by great directors such as david cronenberg. those sequels killed main stream horror and true horror fans had to really start digging deep to find the good stuff.

    • johnrunion

      rosemary’s baby, black Christmas, the omen were other great films during the golden age of horror which ran from roughly 1968 and ended when the freddy/jason sequels took over. (please see my 2 comments above.)

      • GWP

        Lets not forget the Poltergeist set among serious horror. Remember that creepy psychic going, “Caroline! Caroline!” I also remember Body Snatchers, B-gradish but highly enjoyable.

        Among the funny horrors, how about Chuckie’s one-liners in Child’s Play? Another hilarious horror flick – Leprechaun. And the slightly slapstick Tremors – doesn’t that come under horror too?

        Woah – nearly forgot the Children Of the Corn from the 70s. Phew – wired lil kids killing adults.

  • JenD

    Freddy in Nightmare 3 with the syringes on his hands injecting Jennifer Rubin with heroin saying, “What a rush!” was one of my favorite Elm Street moments.

  • Annie

    I don’t know what you’re talking about with all that “funny.” Knightmare on Elm Street 1 and 2 friggin traumatized me! OK i was 12 but they were REALLY scary. I admit from 3 onwards they became pretty laughable – wasnt there one with Freddy’s face as a meatball? I dunno – i never found anything funny in 1 or 2 though – they were downright terrifying!

    • Martha

      Annie in reply to you, Nightmare on Elm Street 4 Dream Master when Alice is in the diner and Freddy gets a pizza but it’s her brother that is the meatball and Freddy eats him.

    • Gavin

      I think i probably dont like Elm as much as most is i see them maybe when i was a bit older!

      I think the age 12-14 age i got all these i was watching the Jason movies so thats wat was my fave.

      Freddy i see when i was 15-16 so it was more funny to me then. But i can totally see what u mean

      I was 13 and watched friday 13th part 2 i think or 3 and i was totally terrified.

      Horror does not make u feel that FEAR NOW , its a shame cos i love that great horror can give u that FEAR

      • Jamey

        Gavin, seriously, you are an idiot

      • kim

        yeah, gavin, please stop posting until you go back to school! ill assume you are a kid, because no adult with self respect would really hit “post” with a “paragraph” like that. you make no sense at all. get a book.

    • kim

      wow i must be some sadistic person, because i started watching freddy when i was around 4, and i loved it! i was pissed when johnny depp got killed by the bed, because i had a huge crush on him at the time!(okay still do) actually, i may have even been younger when watching it… who knows? i used to sneak in the living room when everyone was asleep and watch horror movies in the middle of the night on tv! it was always zombie movies, like night of the living dead. i now am obsessed w/ zombies, as well as old school horror movies. i was thinking about getting a punk rock chick and dude as zombies tatted on my leg!

      • Chan

        It is not sadistic to watch horror movies, or in technicality, scary movies at a young age. I watched several Elm Street flicks when I was around the age range of 5-7. That is because of the mom’s boyfriend leaving me in there with it.. (That could be considered sadistic, leaving a kid to watch some of that gruesome stuff.)

        But regardless, I can say this much for Elm Street. It got me interested. There are plenty of movies that have been mentioned that I have either seen or wanted to see. I don’t give too much credit to the new Elm Street, but I think there is potential for a different path for the next generation of movie-goers.

  • Martha

    My favorite all time horror movie that is funny as hell is Comedy of Terrors with Vincent Price. (Lots of people will have never heard of it). My favorite Freddy line besides “Welcome to Prime Time Bitch” (which is a classic) has to be “I’ll see you in hell!” and Freddy replies, “Tell ‘em Freddy sent you!”

    • Vikki Sixx

      Martha, fantastic choice! Then again most anything with Vincent Price is pretty much fantastic. But lets not forget that Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre are also in it!

  • Jake cannon

    It would have been nice to reference Noel Carroll’s article Horror and Humor since it is the basis of this paper. And in the article it relates that even Hitchcock referred to Psycho as a comedy.

  • YoMan

    Motel Hell

    “There’s all kinds of Critters in Uncle Vincent’s Fritters”

    • gmoney

      “meat is meat and a man’s gotta eat”

  • Charles de Freitas

    American Werewolf in London!

    • Gavin

      scared the shiz out of me!

      Not the whole movie just the Scene of them first encountering the wolf.

      That real horrible howling, totally terrified me beyond words. that was horrible. Then the Dreams he had , like the lil scenes him running etc. Scared me to death

      GREAT MOVIE

      • DT

        AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON has got to be either #1 or #2 on my list of all-time horror faves. It’s scary and Griffin Dunne is hilarious.

      • Bren

        That was the only horror film that ever game me nightmares.

      • kim

        um, that movie was not scary at all. thats like saying underworld is scary, hahahahahaha!

  • Blankman

    I’m not sure the Nightmare on Elm Street series epitomizes the horror genre, which has a wide variety of subgenres. It is okay to enjoy horror comedies like NMOEStreet and Shaun of the Dead, etc., but you are missing out on the best the genre has to offer, like Jacob’s Ladder, The Exorcist, Seance, The Darkness (re-edit), Audition, etc.

    • Gavin

      ill have to check out the Seance and Audition. Nice one for that!

      Jacobs is great, i really enjoyed the “EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE” But im saying this as i have never actually seen the Exorcist which i knowwwwwwwww is like OMG! Its one i have just never got round to seeing!

      I think that “THEM”. i think thats the name i think i may be wrong. its the 70s one or 80s with that lady being attacked by the ghost? like really abusing her etc. i see what quite recently yet its still very shocking and frightening for its time

      • johnrunion

        that sounds like the enity with barbara hersey from ’82 or ’83. them was from the 50’s with giant, mutated, radioatcive ants.

      • Rice

        How can you be a horror fan and not ever have seen the Exorcist?? I was 5 or 6 when the Freddy movies first came out, so I was absolutely TERRIFIED. As I got older and watched the movies, they did become funnier and seem to be for comic entertainment rather than horror, but even now, I can watch the first three movies and feel that same terror that I did when I was a little girl. Freddy will always be my # 1!

    • Rich

      If you’ve only seen Nightmare-esque horror movies, Audition will make you curl up in the corner and whimper like a baby.

      • Richard Leeds

        HOUSE and HOUSE 2, great, cheezy horror-comedies from the 80s!

      • Vikki Sixx

        My foot hurts now thinking of Audition! Thanks a lot Rich!

      • FG

        House & House 2 are definitely overlooked classics from the 80s. a lot of fun. The article is wrong though, the best freddy movie besides the first was ‘new nightmare’. Dream Warriors is the third best though. I love those 3 movies

      • Elaine

        Original Nightmare was good back in ’84, but has been diluted over the years. There really should be a distinction between camp horror and movies that are actually scary.

        Audition is truly horrifying. I can’t even think about it without feeling a twinge. Another good one, is the UK version of The Descent.

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