this episode of Fright Bites, the Fear Fan tackles XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the recent
re-imagining of the classic turn-based strategy game X-COM: UFO Defense. Was it
worth the wait? Hell, yeah!
Video Show: Terror Obscura
It’s the first episode of Fright Bites, a new weekly series from the Fear Fan where he provides brief horror reviews. Here, he looks at the horror novel This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It by David Wong, author of John Dies at the End, soon to be a major motion picture starring Paul Giamatti.
The Fear Fan is back with the last of his reviews of the Elm Street series! In this episode, see for yourself how a modern big-budget remake can somehow fail to be as technically proficient as a film made thirty years prior, and learn just why producer Michael Bay should stay the hell away from the world of horror movies.
A group of people in San Francisco (Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy) come to realize that everyone around them is slowly being replaced by alien clones with no emotion, leading to one of the most famous endings ever. Also in this review: see old ladies get punched in the face, and find out where Cabbage Patch Kids come from!
Follow the Fear Fan on his first journey into the world of meta-horror with Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, starring Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, and other cast and crew members from the Elm Street series playing themselves.
In this episode of Terror Obscura: Jason Voorhees, sentient steel shutters, and a misunderstanding of the word “taint” abound! What does any of that have to do with Godzilla? Heck if Fear Fan knows.
Join the Fear Fan as he takes on Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, the sixth entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Although it’s been smooth sailing so far, with five good-to-decent entries, things are about to get much, much worse for the Fear Fan as he enters a world of terrible humor, bad acting, Roseanne and Tom Arnold cameos, cartoon sound effects, and a retcon so awful that it could disrupt the very fabric of the space time continuum!
While you count down to 2012, join the Fear Fan as he counts down his list of the top 10 greatest vampires in movie history. With some obvious choices (Max Shreck) and some not-so-obvious choices (Pee-Wee Herman?), one thing’s for sure: none of these vampires sparkle!
“Fear Fan looks at the fifth installment in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, where Alice (one of the survivors of Part 4) learns that Freddy wants to return to the real world by invading the subconscious of her unborn baby. Witness Freddy’s nun-rape origins, a nerd getting terrorized inside a comic book, death by overeating, and a special appearance by Baby Freddy!”
“This time on Terror Obscura, it’s 1989’s Shocker, director Wes Craven’s failed attempt to create a film franchise to rival his own Nightmare on Elm Street series. In it, a high school football player (played by Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg) faces off against an executed serial killer (a scenery-chewing Skinner from The X-Files) with the power to jump into the bodies of other people. Berg is forced to pursue him from body to body, across the broadcast airwaves, and eventually through all of television. But more importantly, there’s a cameo by John Tesh!”
“So far, the Fear Fan’s been lucky enough to have actually enjoyed all three movies in the Elm Street franchise so far, but will his luck continue? In a word: No.”
“In this episode, Fear Fan watches Tobe Hooper’s entry in the carnival-based horror film genre, 1981’s The Funhouse! In this by-the-numbers thriller, two teenage couples go to a traveling fun fair, and decide to spend the night in the fun house ride, only to be trapped inside and terrorized by creepy carnies and a deformed ride operator. This movie has everything you’d expect from slasher films of the ‘80s: clueless teens, a psycho killer, and of course, massive amounts of padding!”
“The Fear Fan’s reviews of the Elm Street series continue with A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors. Of all the sequels, this is probably the most popular, but does it deserve to be? Find out what happens when the Fear Fan is confronted by horrifying puppetry, Dungeons & Dragons, and the eternal horror that is a hover nun.”
“The Fear Fan goes indie with Monsters, a relatively low budget monster movie that managed to get some decent reviews when it was first released. Fear Fan went into this one with high expectations, but does it live up to them? To put it simply: Hell no.”
“The Fear Fan takes on 1985’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge! Some people say it’s the worst entry in the series, others say it’s the gayest entry in any horror series. But no matter how you slice it, this movie has one hell of a reputation. Can the Fear Fan find any redeeming qualities among a sea of naked man ass, killer parakeets, and dance moves bad enough to peel paint? Watch and find out!”
“Everybody’s favorite kaiju does battle with Mechagodzilla, a robot Godzilla clone created by the Simians, an ape-like race from the Third Planet from the Black Hole who have come to conquer Earth, starting with Okinawa. And yes, that’s really the plot. Come for the giant monsters kicking ass, stay for the musical numbers!”
“Welcome to the first episode of a brand new series, where your host Fear Fan explores the best and worst horror films ever made! In this episode, take a trip into the demented mind of Wes Craven as we watch his greatest creation: 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, John Saxon, and Robert Englund as the original Freddy Krueger!”