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Old 09-22-19, 10:58 PM
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The Mummy's Curse, The House That Screamed, Wes Craven's New Nightmare - 2019 Horror Challenge





The Mummy's Curse (1944) / The House That Screamed (1969) / Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)



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Old 10-14-19, 02:36 PM
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Re: The Mummy's Curse, The House That Screamed, Wes Craven's New Nightmare - 2019 Horror Challenge

I'll admit, despite these being my subset picks, I had only seen one of these movies... that being New Nightmare. So, two of these are new views for me...

The Mummy's Curse was pretty much a by-the-books 1940's Universal horror movie. It was ok, but I don't think I retained much from it overall.

The House That Screamed is actually pretty good. It's a slow burn of a movie, but I was strangely invested the entire time. While I already guessed who the killer was before the end, it kept me entertained throughout...

New Nightmare...I've seen a million times, so while I haven't watched it yet today, I will by the end of the day. Despite this taking place outside of the movie continuity, this is my favorite version of Freddy. It was a pretty decent flick even if I prefer the "fictional" versions.

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Re: The Mummy's Curse, The House That Screamed, Wes Craven's New Nightmare - 2019 Horror Challenge

I really loved The House That Screamed. The soured boarding school setting reminded me of Picnic at Hanging Rock, and I could imagine this murders taking place in that same school. Both films (and many others that take place in such a segregated space) explore the ways that repressed sexuality can morph into perversion and violence. I found the reveal of the killer and their motive to be very effective.
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Re: The Mummy's Curse, The House That Screamed, Wes Craven's New Nightmare - 2019 Horror Challenge

It’s been years since I’ve seen A New Nightmare, but it’s always been my second favorite of the series. I love the redesign of Freddy and the more “serious” tone. I was never a huge fan of the NOES franchise. I opted for Halloween and F13 instead. I may attempt a revisiting in the next few weeks.
As for the other two films in the subset, I chose two others. The Uninvited and The Oblong Box.
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Re: The Mummy's Curse, The House That Screamed, Wes Craven's New Nightmare - 2019 Horror Challenge

I got bored with The House That Screamed. I wanted to like it, but it was just too slow for me
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The Mummy's Curse - The image of a mummy in the swamp is a great one but it doesn't break much new ground and seems to intentionally emphasize that the plot is similar to a previous film (?). I didn't understand how the mummy got to the swamp (other than maybe a prior film) and while consistency is important this seemed to over obsess over the mummy seeking his bride.

New Nightmare - the idea of a film about a film that's a sequel to other films is a brilliant idea that's let down by Wes Craven's script. For a movie about making movies there is so much pedestarian staging - Nancy standing in her kitchen, Nancy walking down a hallway, Nancy sitting in an office, Nancy is literally afraid of a phone for half the film. I think it's a little overlong, when the film flips into the film within a film it's wonderfully done. Some of the Nightmare on Elm Street films are dreadful, but New Nightmare takes things too much in the other direction ditching some of the cartoonish humor and lowering the body count. New Freddy is starting to look plastic and while a darker twist is nice he seems near devoid of the personality that made his a horror icon - it feels like they're fighting a prop of Freddy. At it's best with the cold open showing a new eerie glove run amuck or the hospital scene; the new glove is a gimmick I remember being emphasized but seems under used. The Hansel and Gretel parallel is clever but it feels like too much of the end is in service of this strange visual analogy. I thought the kid actor did well.

The House That Screamed - Like MysterioMan and mrcellophaneman and I also enjoyed this one. It's theatrical with a sense of gravitas across a scenic boarding house, they could pan over the boarding house for half the film and it'd still be interesting (someone should have showed this film to Wes Craven [RIP]). The kills here are shocking especially the first one seeming to come out of nowhere, probably the most starling kill I've seen this month. I did not predict the killer. What a cheesy title for a better than average film that has probably hurt it over the years.
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Re: The Mummy's Curse, The House That Screamed, Wes Craven's New Nightmare - 2019 Horror Challenge

I have managed to catch two of these titles this challenge. The House That Screamed was a first-time view, but I liked it. It was a lot of atmosphere and took its time, but I didn't mind. It's one that I need to watch again when less tired, though.

I've always liked New Nightmare. I'd probably put it third in the series behind the original and part 3. But I think what brings New Nightmare down is the ending, which is something that Craven seems to frequently have a problem with. He sets up a great premise but often doesn't know how to wrap it up in a very satisfying way. New Nightmare and Serpent in the Rainbow are two prime offenders of going south with the ending. I still like both films, but I'd hold both in much higher esteem if I didn't feel the need to roll my eyes during the big ending set pieces.
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Re: The Mummy's Curse, The House That Screamed, Wes Craven's New Nightmare - 2019 Horror Challenge

I have a real soft spot for all the Universal Mummy films because i grew up watching them on Chiller Theater. Mummy's Curse is a direct sequel to Mummy's Ghost with the Mummy and Ananka having walked into the swamp at the end of the previous film. Ananka's resurrection from the mud is pretty iconic.
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Re: The Mummy's Curse, The House That Screamed, Wes Craven's New Nightmare - 2019 Horror Challenge

Princess Ananka writing her field notes in hieroglyphics would have been a nice touch but alas The Mummy's Curse was a pretty standard mummy movie as others have noted. The metal hinge on the sarcophagus was a nice touch though!

I always enjoy Wes Craven's New Nightmare -- truly ahead of its time. Seeing Miko Hughes standing atop the playground rocket still makes my legs weak.

The House That Screamed was certainly a slow burn but had too many red herrings with the sadism, the carnal woodsman, and a sisterhood akin to a coven of witches. I had a hunch about the murderer but not to that extent.
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Re: The Mummy's Curse, The House That Screamed, Wes Craven's New Nightmare - 2019 Horror Challenge

Wes Craven's New Nightmare was a clever way to revive the series and to bring it to a close.

A Nightmare on Elm Street was a perfect example of Wes Craven's strengths and weaknesses as a filmmaker. The story and horror elements were strong, and Fred Krueger's humor enhanced the mood. The actors, on the other hand, seem to be left to their own devices, with Heather Langenkamp doing best among the novices and John Saxon solid as always, but Ronee Blakley making you wonder if she could be the same actress who was so wonderful in Nashville. The serious message of the movie was in its recognition that adults, even at their best like Nancy's dad, view the world of their children as being safe and carefree, unable to recognize that there can be real dangers.

The sequels were uneven, several just rehashing the same ideas with a different cast, with Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare probably making the best use of a core idea of the first movie, that nightmares are often a surreal version of the everyday world in which we discover to our dismay that the rules that we depend on, such as physics, do not necessarily apply.

New Nightmare offers better acting and better writing than the first movie, but loses most of Freddy's humor and the sense of surprise that comes with entering a new world, which can make a horror movie scarier. The scares here are more likely to be jump scares because we know Freddy and know what he will do. However, the monster is not the only important element of a horror movie, and Heather Langenkamp seems confident in her role and John Saxon gets the chance to play a warm friend rather than his usual tough guy. Their relationship creates the one really disconcerting moment in the movie, when she realizes that he has begun to play the role of her father in A Nightmare on Elm Street, and that therefore she must be in the nightmare world of Fred Krueger. I find Craven's love of a horror coda in his movies to be a weakness (I blame DePalma's Carrie for influencing Craven and others), and was fearful of a repeat of that tendency, so I was pleased with the quiet ending of the mother reading a story to her child.
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Re: The Mummy's Curse, The House That Screamed, Wes Craven's New Nightmare - 2019 Horror Challenge

I love how the Universal Mummy series keeps using an increasing amount of old footage from previous films. Still entertain me, but makes them seem like rush no-budget jobs compared to the other horror series.
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Do you guys think The House That Screamed is worth a blind buy? Some of you have a pretty good handle on my tastes.
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Do you guys think The House That Screamed is worth a blind buy? Some of you have a pretty good handle on my tastes.
House That Screamed is a slow movie that might not have a lot of rewatch value since part of it's impact depends on an ending reveal, not unlike many other slashers but with a lower body county. It's a great slow burn and pretty atmospheric - well not unlike Der Fan (only with less nudity and not as extreme) so probably up your alley. I feel it's the kind of film I would have been satisfied blind buying.

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Re: The Mummy's Curse, The House That Screamed, Wes Craven's New Nightmare - 2019 Horror Challenge

Chose The Mummy's Curse as my theme, and liked glad I made the choice. I'm a sucker for these Universal movies, so I always look forward to them, no matter how bad they are. I think Kharis was on his last legs for this one though.

I'll admit that I've never really paid too much attention to the Elm Street movies beyond the first. I watched New Nightmare to get my appetite up for yesterday's theme Nightmare on Elm Street 4. Freddy's makeup effects seemed more like a rubber mask than Nightmare 4, and I felt the movie was just OK. I think that was Gage, from Pet Semetary.

I have the blu of The House That Screamed, and my try to fit it in before the end.
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Originally Posted by Undeadcow
House That Screamed is a slow movie that might not have a lot of rewatch value since part of it's impact depends on an ending reveal, not unlike many other slashers but with a lower body county. It's a great slow burn and pretty atmospheric - well not unlike Der Fan (only with less nudity and not as extreme) so probably up your alley. I feel it's the kind of film I would have been satisfied blind buying.
Thanks, seems like a safe blind buy for me. It's from the director of Who Can Kill a Child? which was my subset pick last year.
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I rate New Nightmare #3 in the series. The whole movie is great for me... right up until Heather/Nancy ends up in Freddy's lair. The dark, menacing Freddy that we were promised morphs into this total dork. He's downright laughable. And don't get me started on the ridiculous effects down there. It's like they had one day to finish the movie and just threw it together.

And why in the world did Freddy have on leather pants?

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