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MUST READ! Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 – After Decades of Silence Stretch’s Fate Finally Revealed

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Last night we had Caroline Williams on Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio, and she revealed something that will change the face of horror as we know it… the fate of her character Vanita “Stretch” Brock in Tobe Hooper’s 1986 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2.

When last we saw Stretch, she was chainsaw dancing at the top of a haunted attraction in an abandoned theme park we will lovingly refer to as Nam Land if only because Nubbins is a diva.

Since then we have had several Chainsaw sequels, prequels, a remake, and everything in between. Stretch survived what could only be described as a night in hell. So where has she been?

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Last night we asked Caroline her thoughts on the matter. The answer will surprise you…

It turns out Stretch has been hiding in plain sight in two other films.

Nobody has ever asked me this before,” said Williams. “That’s the reason that none of the other conversations I’ve ever had about Stretch lead me to this point. It took Brainwaves and my conversation with you guys to make this point.

For those who don’t remember, Stretch was a radio DJ who was sent out into the field to cover a chili cook-off. That was all fine, well, and good; but she wanted to do something more important with her life. She wanted to make a difference. Little did she know she’d end up chasing one of the most infamous and dangerous legends the world has ever known. Somehow, though… she managed to survive.

Jeff Burr, director of Part III, called me on the phone and said, ‘Look, I don’t know how long this Chainsaw franchise will carry on, but I want to keep your character alive. I don’t want to get rid of you. You are not mentioned anywhere in this screenplay, but I want to make sure that for the ages if anybody wants to revisit Stretch, it HAS to be you. [You will] be seen in Part III, so indelibly speaking, the fans will know it’s you.’

In Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Williams made a brief appearance as a television reporter. A logical step up from her radio gig.

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I love Stretch. She got out there and maintained her pursuit of the Chainsaw family. It took Adam Green and his character of [news reporter] Amanda Perlman to bring her fully forward. [In Hatchet III] you got to see Stretch, now known as Amanda Perlman, pursuing the Victor Crowley legend, and that’s the way I played that character. BJ McDonnell [director of Hatchet III] told me, ‘She’s Stretch. That’s what we’re doing here.’ I played the character of Amanda precisely as she would be. Stretch grew up, she changed her name, she married a law enforcement guy played by Zach Galligan, and she split [from him] because she’s a woman who is obsessed with pursuing these legends… these myths, which in her mind are NOT myths.

“[With the exception of Part III] none of the other people associated with the Chainsaw films have ever approached me. Nor have they recreated Stretch. Part of it is because Sony owns the film, the characters, and their names, so they cannot be used without paying a hefty sum to the studio. Sony has been unwilling to release them, but that has provided me, in a way, with a marvelous insurance policy. I will always be Stretch… on the screen and to the fans. When I read the role that Adam wrote for me, you could see so vividly that he had just brought Stretch into the present day. And then I got killed by Kane Hodder! *Laughs* Another world famous masked monster.”

Fitting.

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So there you have it, fiends. One character unofficially traverses two additional films, one not even in the same franchise, in pursuit of a killer legend. I don’t think that’s ever happened before, but let’s face it… Stretch and Caroline are used to paving their own way on their own terms.

Too cool.

Check out the whole interview – and believe us; it’s a good one – by clicking the above link.

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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