A Nightmare on Elm Street Retrospective (New Line Cinema)

In my experience, the twin pillars of horror cinema of the 1980s were Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. In the ranks of all the 80s horror franchises, Friday the 13th was my favorite, but even as a child, I knew it was low-rent. In comparison, the Nightmare on Elm Street series … More A Nightmare on Elm Street Retrospective (New Line Cinema)

Friday the 13th Retrospective, Part 3: The New Line Era (New Line Cinema)

It is no secret that Paramount Pictures was never thrilled to be the home of “Friday the 13th” They were an upscale major studio that released Oscar contenders and blockbusters. Being the home of a low class slasher franchise was not a point of pride for them. But the profits were enough to keep the … More Friday the 13th Retrospective, Part 3: The New Line Era (New Line Cinema)

Friday the 13th Retrospective, Part 2: The “Undead Jason” Era (Paramount Pictures)

It turns out money could kill off Jason, but it could also bring him back. The Final Chapter ended up being a huge success for Paramount, so it didn’t take them long to render its title false. What follows is an era of Friday the 13th that straddles the line between the “classic” era the … More Friday the 13th Retrospective, Part 2: The “Undead Jason” Era (Paramount Pictures)

Friday the 13th Retrospective, Part 1: The “Classic” Era (Paramount Pictures)

I can trace my fondness for horror movies to the Friday the 13th series. Sure, they aren’t really the most accomplished of movie series, featuring terrible acting , terrible writing, and rote pilots that you can map out who is going to die and when. But there is a certain “charm” to these movies. It … More Friday the 13th Retrospective, Part 1: The “Classic” Era (Paramount Pictures)