Here at Bloody Good Horror we spend much of our time talking about good movies and bad movies alike, and picking apart the things that place titles in either category. In horror specifically, there is a beautiful gradient, comprised of everything from "so bad it's good" to "just plain bad." For many movies in this grey area, the viewing experience itself - who you watch it with and how - can be as important as the movie itself. In that tradition, every first Thursday of the month we'll fondly recall one of those kinds of movies that seem made for the loud and alcohol-fueled viewing party, and give you the framework to host a screening of your very own, complete with imbibing instructions!
Note: BGH reminds you to respect the minimum age requirement for drinking in whatever god forsaken hellhole you live in.
Throughout his career, Wes Craven was known for pushing the evelope in a variety of ways. He seemed to find so much joy in blurring lines and subverting tropes that it seems fair to say he was a director who sought to surprise and spook his audiences in equal measure. And while surprises are often hard to come by within a well-worn franchise, that didn't stop Craven from trying with the release of 1996's New Nightmare.
After six movies, Freddy is back, but this isn't the same Freddy who has gotten less manacing and more cuddly by the film. On the contrary, this film introduces the Freddy that Craven originally imagined, before production companies had their way with him. In this movie, which strives to break the fourth wall and bring Freddy into our world, Craven and the actors responsible for bringing Kruger to life all those years ago are seemingly hanuted by him now...and now it's real.
Drink along with us, won't you? And whatever you do, don't fall asleep!
- Drink for every reference (script, visual, or otherwise) to the previous Nightmare on Elm Street movies.
- Sip each time you see Wes Craven, RIP.
- Drink whenever we see a Freddy that turns out not to be the real Freddy.
- Imbibe for all of the scenes where the "real life" doesn't feel real enough...or too real.
- Drink for the little boy's horrifying Freddy voice.
- Finish your drink when Heather Langenkamp screams "Screw your pass!"