Freddy Krueger. The name alone evokes fear in some, excitement in others and nightmares to those who witnessed his debut with his signature grotesque appearance and supernatural powers to massacre his victims and defy death on film all of which combined brought the actor, Robert Englund, the accolade of Horror’s Top Legendary Iconic Villain and making the Nightmare On Elm Street series true horror classics.
This week, Robert Englund, made a grand appearance at the Toronto Horror Festival and keeping in synchronicity with his legendary brand, we saw that Freddy was back as he ghoulishly cut the opening ceremony ribbon kicking off the Toronto Horror Festival using multiple cutting tools setting the tone for this year’s popular fest of terror.
Not since Wes Craven’s franchise of Krueger blockbuster films has any other Villain other than Freddy captivated the press and horror fan base anywhere near to the level of Mr. Krueger.
In its infancy stages, the horror genre was perceived by horror and nonhorror fans alike as a B level genre with its rock bottom low budgets, poor film quality absence of credible storylines,plots,actors worth a grain of salt and overall script integrity. Yet these inadequacies helped to birth it initially on film as a genre that incredibly had its own appeal enough so to make a career as an actor or producer worthwhile. Slow and steady money making with fast and steady accumulation of fanbase.
With the outbreak of the Exorcist and Wes Craven franchise,it changed the face of horror showing the inevitable evolution and advancement of progressive directors and their discovery of the formula to pull powerful acting and brilliant scriptwriting into the horror format making it a reputable genre to be respected for its own successful record of ticket sales, video sales and ongoing interest. In today’s market there is a pride amongst fans which anticipate the next set of storylines totally engaging with absolute terror and suspense as its foundation.
As we anticipate what next great film shall emerge from the darkness of horror in Hollywood, we see several terrific films launching out early on this fall horror season making their mark.
Matthew Robbins' screenplay based on the gripping novel, DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, is a sure box office hit with 11 year old Acting Phenom,Bailee Madison,playing the role of Sally Hirst whose mother shuns her and is sent to live with her father,played by Guy Pearce, and his girlfriend,played by Katie Holmes. Madison,Pearce and Holmes deliver strong acting performances worthy of nominations along with the brilliant directing of Troy Nixey. I actually am planning to see the film three times. In watching Bailee on screen and in interviews, she reminds me of the legendary queen of horror, Ms. Linda Blair, during her childhood acting years.The calibre of this cast,direction and script can carry this film to its next sequel with ease.
The one thing that makes horror so engaging is that every now and then we discover a soon to be blockbuster straight out of a trailer or a DVD that has not been released yet in a major theater.
So, in my quest for the hidden horror blockbuster of 2011, I was sitting at my desk writing a few reviews going through multiple submissions and press releases and I came upon a very interesting press release that was delivered to the mail room here in a large black envelope covered with fake cobwebs. Ok, I thought to myself should I open this. Why not? I’m curious. When I opened it, I was pleasantly surprised to see a graphic layout that made my heart race, a dark figure emerging from the background of stone black paper on which the release was printed and crumbled, one that appeared innately sinister and yet absolutely intriguing visually. As I explored the release I went to the website for the film provided and I discovered that the film entitled THE TRAP DOOR is that film to be reckoned with.
From the looks of the trailer that I have reviewed multiple times now,it is a classic in the making with the terror driven trailer weaving intense scenes reflective of Wes Craven’s Nightmare On Elmstreet theme yet with a millennium twist.
The story weaves from the premise of a group of strangers being invited to a location through a text message only to discover that they had entered into the world of Dark Knight Star,Tiny Lister, the villain and his sinister magician partner played by film actor,Obba Babatunde. Film Producers Paul and Kennedy Goldsby will easily get a nod of approval from horror veteran Wes Cravens and horror enthusiasts for THE TRAP DOOR.
From what I interpreted from the trailer, Wrestling Legend, Tiny Lister, Hulk Hogan’s rival, plays a terrorizing villain who assists his magician partner played by Obba Babatunde in a killing spree which it seems is engaged through texting individuals to attend a party. Actor Felix Ryan(90210) also appears in the film. This is my interpretation of the overall storyline based on what I imagine from the magnificent trailer. This is enough to say that I am actually engaged in this trailer enough that I want to figure out the actual storyline and real answers to this film and you will too if you check it out. This is enough for me to say that I absolutely look forward to seeing the entire film and I would recommend it to all horror and non horror fans to check the trailer out for yourself.
Tiny Lister's powerful acting and presence in THE TRAP DOOR could very well make him the new Freddy Kruegerwhen THE TRAP DOOR is given its screen debut or simply promoted to the horror world by DVD, I predict it will sell in the millions on the level of major horror releases. Obba Babatunde partnered with Lister bring pure dramatic suspense to the scenes of the promotional trailer and brings absolute credibility to this fascinating horror film.
Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison truly deliver brilliance in acting in DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK.
Given what I have seen so far and from the looks of the slick well edited trailers, my votes for top picks for the 2011 horror season go to box office hit, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK,and the new indie, THE TRAP DOOR. Congratulations to the cast and production of both films for doing an excellent job in horror filmmaking.
Source: Wire News
Source: Wire News Special Feature Article