Friday, December 29, 2017

Freddy and Jason live on in NEVER HIKE ALONE & NIGHTMARE: RETURN TO ELM STREET!


Good advice AND a great film!
FANS TAKE MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS, AS STUDIOS FAIL TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO TWO OF CINEMA'S MOST ICONIC HORROR FRANCHISES!

As of my posting this, we are on the cusp of yet another TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE film (even though the latest, LEATHERFACE, underperformed at the box office), which will eventually bring that series to a whopping NINE films. And while Hollywood struggles to make TCM profitable again, they have continued to ignore two other slasher greats: FRIDAY THE 13TH and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST.

We haven't seen a non-video game incarnation of Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees since their Platinum Dunes remakes, and we may not for some time. Robert Englund has declared himself "too old" to reprise his role as the Springwood Slasher, and New Line doesn't seem too interested at bringing Freddy back from the dead anytime soon. (Though there are constant rumors of a new reboot popping up on the web all the time.)

As for Jason, there's still a lawsuit going on between Sean S. Cunningham and FRIDAY THE 13TH screenwriter Victor Miller over the fate of the franchise, so who knows when the hockey-masked killer will return to cinemas. With both series in limbo, indie filmmakers Vincente DiSanti and Domonic Smith both decided to create their own unique visions of the cinematic boogeymen we all love and know.

NEVER HIKE ALONE (2017)

DiSanti's NEVER HIKE ALONE has been mentioned here at The News Vault several times, but until now, I've been remiss to actually share the finished film (which runs at just under an hour). The movie follows a hiker/vlogger named Kyle that stumbles upon an abandoned campground. He soon realizes that he has discovered the remains of Camp Crystal Lake, and that he isn't alone.

As the film races to its conclusion, Kyle must survive a night in Camp Blood, leading to game of cat and mouse between himself and the legendary Jason Voorhees! This fan film is very well done and I highly recommend it! Give NEVER HIKE ALONE a watch right now, and keep an eye out for a really cool cameo! 



NIGHTMARE: RETURN TO ELM STREET (20??)

At the moment, Domonic Smith's dream project has not come to fruition. In a bid to get New Line (and parent company Warner Bros.) interested in continuing A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST. (and hiring him to direct), Smith and his team have created a trio of well-done fan trailers. Each trailer improves upon the last, and reveals more of the plot, which involves an Elm St. survivor named Drew who must confront Freddy Krueger in order to protect his children from the blade-fingered dream demon. Give the trailers a look below and judge for yourself!






I have to say, these trailers are pretty cool (the third and final one is definitely the most polished of the bunch) and I'm totally down for NIGHTMARE: RETURN TO ELM STREET. Here's hoping that Domonic's work gains some notice from the powers that be at the WB!


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