Ep. 32: A Nightmare on Elm Street

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As Halloween approaches, Nate and Ryan prepare by watching A Nightmare on Elm Street, the slasher classic written and directed by horror master Wes Craven.  A Nightmare on Elm Street helped write the rules for slasher horror pics and was the forebearer to a number of imitation slasher cash-ins.  Freddy Krueger has since become one of the most recognizable movie villains.  However, through a number of sequels, his terrifying presence gave way to a much snarkier, less ominous persona over the years.

Does A Nightmare on Elm Street still scare you?  How has it held up over the years?  What horror movies should we absolutely see?  What are your go-to scary movies every Halloween?  Let us know…

Ep. 15: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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As trees shed their leaves, and people frantically find ways to make a sexy version of any and every costume, Nate and Ryan celebrate Halloween by watching The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, one of the most revered horror films of all time.  Made in 1974 on a small budget and with unknown actors, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre set a standard in horror film that few others have reached.  This is the first time Nate and Ryan have seen director Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece, and once they manage to stop screaming, they find a way to talk about it.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is often found near the top of any list that ranks the top horror films.  It was number 3 on Time Out London’s list of 100 Best Horror Films, it was number 5 in a recent Rolling Stone reader’s poll earlier this month, and just today, the good folks over at The Dissolve ranked it number 1 on their list of The 30 Best American Independent Horror Films.  With all this acclaim, it has moved from cult classic to essential viewing.

Share your thoughts on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and on horror films in general.  What’s your favorite horror film?  Do you love The Texas Chain Saw Massacre? What draws you to horror films, or what repels you?