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16 Horror Veterans Who Also Appeared on Freddy’s Nightmares

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As most of its creators have acknowledged… “Freddy’s Nightmares,” the anthology series based on the Nightmare on Elm Street films, has hardly stood the test of time. The show’s production coincided with the release of the massively successful A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Despite having a pretty cool concept, it seems reasonable to assume the producers had only one goal in mind: to keep milking the cash cow that was Freddy Krueger. After all, this was around the time of Freddy lunch boxes.

As Freddy (Robert Englund) predominantly only served as host, the series had to sustain itself by focusing its storylines on a number of nutty incidents that occurred in the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio… at times, seemingly orchestrated by Freddy’s sheer history and presence. There are certainly a few gems to be found here but, by and far, the show was limited by its budget and more than once the plots proved rather outlandish, even by Nightmare standards.

While the series is known for having featured early performances by Lori Petty (Tank Girl), Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), and Brad Pitt, it is interesting to note that “Freddy’s Nightmares” also showcased a number of horror veterans either as leads or in bit parts. Here, we run down a list of familiar faces you might remember from other films at the time…

1.) Lar Park Lincoln (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood)

Only months after overcoming Jason Voorhees, Lar Park Lincoln found her way onto Elm Street in the second episode of “Freddy’s Nightmares.” Coincidentally, that episode, “It’s a Miserable Life,” was directed by another Friday the 13th alumnus, Tom McLoughlin (Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI).

Lincoln appears in both segments as Karyn. She is initially relegated to a minor role as the girlfriend of Bryan (John Cameron Mitchell), the first segment’s lead. Bryan begins having hallucinations while working the graveyard shift at Beefy Boy, his father’s fast-food burger joint; and towards the end both he and Karyn are gunned down in the restaurant’s parking lot, just as he had envisioned. During the second segment, Lincoln takes center stage. Having survived the gunshot wound, Karyn awakens in Springwood Hospital, only to experience the same hallucinations that plagued her boyfriend.

2.) Burr DeBenning (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child)

Before appearing as Mr. Jordan in A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, the late Burr DeBenning also starred opposite Lar Park Lincoln in “It’s a Miserable Life.” He appears in the second segment as Dr. Serling (a nod to “The Twilight Zone”), who treats Karyn upon arrival at the hospital.

As Karyn begins experiencing hallucinations, Dr. Serling brings a level of menace to the madcap proceedings. Fun fact: DeBenning is one of only two actors to have appeared in both the Nightmare on Elm Street films and this TV series, the other being Lezlie Deane (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare).

3.) Nancy McLoughlin (Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI)

As the wife of the episode’s director, Nancy McLoughlin also scored a role in “It’s a Miserable Life,” just as she did in Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI. She appears as a nurse opposite Burr DeBenning, and the two share a moment of gleeful madness as they sew Lar Park Lincoln’s mouth shut.

4.) Stu Charno (Friday the 13th Part II)

Stu Charno, whom genre fans will remember as Friday the 13th Part II‘s unwittingly fortunate Ted, appears in “Saturday Night Special” as Jim, a friend of the first segment’s lead, Gordon (Scott Burkholder). Both segments of the episode focus on a social outcast (male in the first, female in the second) who attempt to overcome their obstacles to impress the objects of their affection.

5.) Jill Whitlow (Night of the Creeps)

Jill Whitlow solidified her horror icon status when she took a flamethrower to zombies in Night of the Creeps. In “Mother’s Day,” she assumes the role of Elm Street’s manipulative flirt Barbara Gamble. Appearing in both segments, Barbara convinces new kid Billy (Byron Thames) to throw a killer party at his pad while his mother and abrasive stepfather are vacationing.

As it turns out, Billy has just moved into the previous home of one of Freddy’s last victims. The party takes a turn for the worst and in the second segment, it is revealed that Barbara has been framed for murder.

6.) Diana Barrows (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood)

Unlike Lar Park Lincoln, Diana Barrows wasn’t as fortunate when she faced Jason in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood. Likewise, when she played a snobby sorority sister in “Rebel Without a Cause,” Burrows found herself at the mercy of Connie (Katie Barberi), an Omega Kappa Pi reject at Springwood University.

7.) Diane Franklin (Amityville II: The Possession)

Diane Franklin couldn’t escape the family issues she faced in Amityville II: The Possession, and the same is true for her character in “Freddy’s Nightmares.” As Jessica, Franklin appears in both segments of “The Bride Wore Red.” During the first, she worries that her fiance, Gavin (Eddie Driscoll), is having doubts about their marriage (unaware that Gavin has become entangled with a stripper from his bachelor party).

During the latter half of the episode, Jessica deals with her parents’ crumbling marriage. As past trauma comes back to haunt her, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Fun fact: This episode featured Phill Lewis as one of Gavin’s bachelor party pals.

8.) Bill Moseley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2)

In “Black Tickets,” Bill Moseley plays a similar role to that of Jim Siedow’s character in the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. As the rural oddball Buzz, Moseley plays a tow truck driver that encounters a young couple (Brad Pitt and Kerry Brannen) stranded near Springwood. Buzz offers to transport the two to his brother’s motor lodge, which turns out to be a rather “fishy” place.

9.) Lezlie Deane (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare)

Along with Burr DeBenning, Lezlie Deane is one of only two actors to have been featured on “Freddy’s Nightmares” as well as to have starred in a Nightmare on Elm Street film. The episode in which she appears, “Cabin Fever,” was directed by Robert Englund; and her role as Sue Keller is much different from the troubled youth she played in 1991’s Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.

As Sue, Deane plays a flight attendant who advances upon passenger Carl (Brett Cullen). Later, her ominous presence ignites Carl’s flight nerves while en route from Chicago to Springwood. Deane returns as the heroine in the genuinely creepy second segment. While at a bar, Sue meets and returns home with Jim (Ted Demers), a charming business suit-type who declares he has a fetish for taxidermy. Fun fact: Jim’s cabin is the same Sable Ranch cabin that was featured as Higgins Haven in Friday the 13th Part III.

10.) Tamara Glynn (Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers)

Before she donned devil horns and charged at Michael Myers with a pitchfork, Halloween 5‘s Tamara Glynn had a bit role in the first segment of “Love Stinks.” As Laura, Glynn is caught in a love triangle as her boyfriend, Adam (John Washington), is stalked by a young temptress (Susanna Savee). Her best moment comes in the form of a nightmare sequence where she brandishes a cleaver and taunts her beau. Fun fact: This episode was directed by John Lafia, who would go on to helm 1990’s Child’s Play 2. 

11.) Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator)

Dr. Herbert West himself, Jeffrey Combs, also appears in “Love Stinks,” albeit in the second segment. Combs plays Ralph, the stepfather to lead Max (Georg Olden). As the owner of a pizza joint, Ralph scores his stepson a job but as it turns out, the pizzeria is the former location of Springwood’s trouble-prone Beefy Boy restaurant; the same fast-food establishment where Lar Park Lincoln’s boyfriend met his end in “It’s a Miserable Life.”

12.) Dick Miller (Gremlins)

Dick Miller had already made a name for himself by starring in a number of well-regarded horror hits, including A Bucket of BloodThe Little Shop of HorrorsThe HowlingGremlinsNight of the Creeps, and Chopping Mall. He appears in “The Light at the End of the Tunnel” (also known as “Freddy Something”) as Al, the gruff “Lord of the Underworld,” who hires Michael (David Arnott) to work in the sewers of Springwood. Unfortunately, Michael also happens to suffer from a fear of the dark.

13.) David Kagen (Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI)

The number of Friday the 13th alumni who have appeared on the show is truly something to behold. David Kagen from Jason Lives appears in the first segment of “Identity Crisis.” As Fred Thomas, Kagen plays an architect who tries to eliminate the fears his co-worker Buddy (Jeff Conaway) has over approaching his 40th birthday. Meanwhile, Buddy attempts to address his relational issues with his sadistic yuppie son.

14.) William Butler (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood)

Yet another cast member from Friday the 13th! William Butler first appeared as a student in “The Art of Death” and later had an uncredited role as Trenton in “Heartbreak Hotel.” While Butler didn’t face Freddy Krueger in either episode, he is the only actor to have appeared within the Nightmare on Elm StreetFriday the 13th, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchises (he had lead roles in Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III as well as Tom Savini’s 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead).

15.) Charles Cyphers (Halloween)

Charles Cyphers (aka Sheriff Leigh Brackett in the first two Halloween films) appears in the Season 2 opener, “Dream Come True,” one of only six episodes that explicitly revolves around Freddy Krueger. Cyphers has a small role as Ben Ostroff, a new station owner whose cameraman (Gerard Pendergrast) attempts to capture Freddy on film.

16.) Tiffany Helm (Friday the 13th: A New Beginning)

Fans of Friday the 13th will hardly recognize punk goddess Tiffany Helm in “Heartbreak Hotel.” As the clean-cut Mary, Helm is a pregnant country belle who works as a hotel waitress. There, she meets Roger (John Stinson), a tabloid writer looking for a scoop.

As Mary goes into labor, she allows Roger to film the birth of her child, which he intends to spin for an article about the spawn of Satan. Fun fact: Helm’s mother, Brooke Bundy, appeared as Elaine Parker in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.

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Last weekend fans got their first taste of the next Dread Central Presents film, The Lodgers (review); and we’re not done yet! There’s another Dread Central Presents screening TOMORROW, February 22nd, at 7:00 PM at the Eclipse Theaters in Las Vegas, Nevada (tickets here); and then the flick will be opening wider the very next day!

To see if the film will be playing near you, click here for a list of cities The Lodgers will be haunting!

Directed by Brian O’Malley and starring Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner, the film made its worldwide premiere at 2017’s Toronto International Film Festival and has since won many awards across multiple festivals.

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In this Gothic horror tale, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their home as punishment for their ancestors’ sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these three rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight.

While Edward is committed to this ill-fated life, he’s becoming more unhinged due to the fact that Rachel is not. Smitten by a local soldier (Eugene Simon), Rachel grows skeptical and begins to rebel, desperate to escape the oppression and misery of their captivity.

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Exclusive Clip: Primal Rage – Bigfoot Causes Chaos!

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Ever been driving in the woods and see or hear something that you cannot explain? Something so shocking that it makes your skin crawl off of your spine? Yeah, those moments, that usually chalked up to something completely innocuous, can be mucho unsettling. Such is the case with our bloody exclusive clip from the latest sliver of Sasquatchploitation, Primal Rage, which illustrates what can happen when you play with your food.

Directed by Patrick Magee, who co-wrote the film with Jay Lee, Primal Rage stars Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Casey Gagliardi, Eloy Casados, Justin Rain and Marshal Hilton. You can also catch this one of the big screen as on February 27th, Fathom (tickets here) will be hosting a one-night theater event for Primal Rage.

Enough talk! Get your Squatch on!

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Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr are stalked by a terrifying creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night Set Visit Part 2: Screams and Flames

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[SPOILERS] As mentioned in our earlier set visit story, The Strangers: Prey at Night maintains the same feeling of isolation as the original. Even though a full-fledged production was going on in Gatlin Lake Getaway, it is hard to shake that feeling of being totally alone once wandering away from the set lighting. The dark surround woods start to close in and threaten to swallow any who stray too close to the tree line. Then the silence is broken as a beat-up 1972 Ford Ranger’s engine revs and a scream slices through the night.

Back on the lit street, the familiar looking truck has collided head-on with the side Wagner County Sheriff’s SUV. At the driver’s seat of the Ford is a man sporting a white cloth bag as a mask. The Bagman has returned. His appearance has not changed. The empty sockets of the mask still glare ominously and the painted smile poorly hides the stranger’s murderous intent.

An air of frustration surrounds the Bagman as he attempts to free the truck from the SUV. In vain, the Ford revs and struggles to no avail. Bad news for him, but good news for whomever the Bagman was pursuing. The law enforcement vehicle, with its lights flashing, had been driven by a young woman decked out in a black Ramones t-shirt and blood-splattered jeans. Her hair is jet black. The woman’s skin is streaked with dark blood and open slash wounds. The dark punk eye makeup is running, but the wearer is not.

It is obvious that this woman has been through a lot as she limps from the wreck. The context of her current state is not clear, but the shrieking that emanates from her as she produces a lighter and throws it to the ground under the collided vehicles speaks volumes. It can only be assumed that she has been chased, slashed, and emotionally beaten for hours. The scream is packed with emotions from fear to outright spite and rage. It is so powerful, in fact, that the crew members uttered stunned laudations.

As the gasoline ignites, the flames climb and spread of the mangled metal of the two collided vehicles. The Ford’s engine still violently revs as the Bagman emotionlessly tries to break free. The young woman is slowly backing away, unaware of the chain reaction occurring. The darkness of 1 AM is broken by two giant fireballs that erupt, engulfing the metal mayhem in the middle of the street. The surroundings fall silent, cut is called and the crew erupts in exclamations at the awesome spectacle.

This powerful moment was brought to us by Bailee Madison (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark).

The Strangers: Prey at Night was now on its twenty-second day of shooting and only eight more days remained. The cast and crew are well accustomed to their routines and the late night shoots have become second nature. When asked if the constant schedule of night shoots had been difficult, Madison elicited some of the virtues that the darkness has to offer, “There’s something very vulnerable about night shoots. You are emotionally in a different place when you’re awake and rested in the daytime. I think for something traumatic like this, you need to be able to access different emotions; at night you’re a lot more capable.”

At this point in production, Bailee’s character has seen a lot of action. A heavy amount of blood adorns the actor’s arms and a thick clotting mass of the red stuff covers most of her forehead. Keeping track of that damage for continuity from day to day looks like a grueling task, and makeup department head Jodi Byrne dropped some details about the process, “We have continuity photos and we take pictures of Bailee constantly throughout the day … We have to determine which takes are actually going to be used in the film and we move from that point.”

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A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive..

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