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    The Franchise Files – Dawn of the Dead (1978)

    Sometime during the year of 1974, George Romero paid a visit to the Monroeville Mall in Pennsylvania, invited by a friend whose company took part in managing it. The building was full of shoppers. They seemed blissfully ignorant of anything that was going on in the world outside of...
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    The Franchise Files – Night of the Living Dead (1968)

    In a world where The Walking Dead continues to consume pop culture, it’s hard to imagine a time where zombies did not exist in the way we know them today. They’re everywhere. They’re sometimes cute, like in Plants versus Zombies. Other times, they’re hilarious, like in Fido. But in 1968, they existed in a form...
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    The Franchise Files – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

    In only a few short years, Freddy Krueger went from being a horrifying monster to a comedic maniac who gleefully killed for sport, spewing one-liners and taking audiences to exotic locations. In short, Freddy just was not scary anymore, and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, though an excellent film, could not erase...
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    The Franchise Files – Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

    I had always been a big fan of New Nightmare, the seventh installment of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The fact that it revamped Freddy to be dark, ominous, and scary again was a big selling point to the movie for me. However, after experiencing some of the previous entries to...
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    The Franchise Files – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

    Even Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare wasn’t intended to be the last in the Elm Street franchise, the title would have been astoundingly accurate. If the legacy of Freddy Krueger wasn’t dead before the sixth film, it sure was after. And though I hate to admit it, I’m glad the series took a...
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    The Franchise Files – A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

    The original A Nightmare on Elm Street film opened up a world of promise for the horror genre as well as a world of confusion for later sequels in the franchise. Part of what made the first film so great – the bending of reality, the cartoonish, gory dream sequences –...
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    The Franchise Files – A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: The Dream Master (1988)

    As the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise rumbles along, things start getting sillier and sillier. Which, in turn, means more profits for the film, and more fun for fans of campy horror. The Dream Master is the most intentionally silly film in the franchise thus far and makes no attempt to hide...
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    The Franchise Files – ANOES 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

    What. A. Comeback. I’ve already discussed my utter contempt for the second film in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. While it’s not totally surprising that the film was a trainwreck given the rushed production and lack of participation by Wes Craven, what is surprising is that the franchise was able to come...
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    The Franchise Files – ANOES 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

    Freddy’s Revenge is an absolute disaster from start to finish. Let’s just get that out there. Though in recent years there have been many who have begun to defend the film, I cannot agree with their reasonings. To me, it feels more like the Freddy’s Revenge Apologists are simply trying to...
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