The Last Horror Blog: John Saxon, Bruce Campbell, 'Demon Hunter,' 'Die! Sitter! Die!' and More

The Last Horror Blog: John Saxon, Bruce Campbell, 'Demon Hunter,' 'Die! Sitter! Die!' and More

Aug 16, 2017

A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors

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John Saxon's A Nightmare on Elm Street prequel treatment turns up on eBay – Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Freddy Krueger, life throws you a curveball in the form of a treatment for an Elm Street prequel – one written by star John Saxon way back in 1987.

Saxon (above in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), famous for playing Nancy’s father Donald Thompson in the first and third entries in the series, apparently took a shot at crafting an origin story for the bastard son of a hundred maniacs – one that finds a young Krueger in human form and attempts to explain his madness.

A Nightmare on Elm Street treatment

It’s hard to get much of a feel for the story, as the treatment turned up on eBay with only select pages posted (there are two versions of the treatment – one is 12 pages and written in 1987, the other a 16 page revision written in 2006), but we know it involves hippies, Freddy, Charles Manson, and the story that happened before Craven’s original film.

I’m curious if this is genuine (it sold for $350, so someone was willing to take a gamble); the title page has a Writer’s Guild registration date, but it’s crazy that something like this existed and no one knew about it. Hopefully someone gets John Saxon on the horn to confirm it.

At any rate, some collector is now the very lucky owner of one of the potentially rarest pieces of Elm Street memorabilia. Stories like this always leave me wondering what other amazing items are out there…

 

Bruce Campbell gets gory in trailers for new memoir Hail to the Chin – Actor, social media icon, author…is there anything Bruce Campbell can’t do?

The B-movie veteran and star of Starz’ series Ash vs. Evil Dead is ready to reclaim his throne as king of the bestseller list with his newest memoir, Hail to the Chin.

Filled with more amusing anecdotes and hilarious observations about being a B-movie icon, this new book is sure to delight fans of the author’s previous book, If Chins Could Kill. To celebrate, Campbell has released two new videos promoting the book. You can find Hail to the Chin at bookstores everywhere.

 

Irish horror flick Demon Hunter unveils new trailer – If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Evil Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Underworld franchise should be feeling pretty good today after seeing this new clip from Zoe Kavanagh’s Demon Hunter.

This low-budget, action-horror hybrid borrows elements from all three of those previously mentioned and beloved series, and appears to mix them into an entertainingly gory concoction in this new trailer. Here’s the plot breakdown:

"After she is captured by police for questioning in the slaying of a man she claimed was a demon, Taryn Barker must prove her innocence, and the existence of demons. But when a cult captures the daughter of one of the detectives on the case, the police must trust, and unleash, this warrior on the Satanic group who are intent on bringing an ancient evil force into the world."

By the time you read this, Demon Hunter will be available on various VOD platforms. Based on the synopsis and the trailer below, I suspect many of us will want to give this one a look.

 

Watch award-winning indie short film Die! Sitter! Die! – Brothers Lee and Sam Boxleitner made some waves in the horror community when they debuted their short film Die! Sitter! Die! at Screamfest way back in 2015. The crowd loved it – but like so many festival shorts, the film never made it out into the wild – until now.

Fans who’ve been waiting to see this twisted tale can finally watch all 26 minutes of it online. That’s long for a short on the internet, but I think you’ll find it’s time well spent. I don’t want to say too much about Die! Sitter! Die! if only because to say too much is to risk spoiling it – and that would be tragic. Instead, I’ll just tell you to go in and watch it cold – or check out the plot synopsis below:

"Alison Rothschild thinks she is in for a simple night of babysitting. As the evening goes on, we come to realize that the baby she is caring for isn’t exactly what Alison had in mind. Her easy night turns into a grotesque experience from hell, and all she can do is fight to survive until morning…"

 

Horror on the Horizon

As summer winds down, and Halloween looms on the horizon, things are pretty quiet at the multiplex for the next two weeks when it comes to horror movies.

With no wide releases slated for the next 14 days, fans will have to make do with the debut of Death Note, Netflix’s adaptation of a popular manga series. Here are the plot details in case you’re unfamiliar:

Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life. “

Death Note will be available to stream via Netflix on Friday, August 25.

 

Horror on Home Video

Things are looking a little brighter on the home theater front over the next two weeks – although August 22 is light on feature films, but more than makes up for it with new TV season sets.

On Tuesday, fans will be able to purchase The Walking Dead Season 7, the hilariously wonderful (and super-gory) Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 2, and Lucifer Season 2. That’s a lot of horror TV…

Trailer is not safe for work.

 

August 29 sees the arrival of Arrow’s 2-Disc set of The Slayer, as well as a 2-Disc Director’s Cut of Zodiac.

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