Greetings internet dwellers!
Let's talk the IP properties this year. There is a fantastic mix of things to wet everybody's whistle. We have TV shows, contemporary films, slasher films, and classic films. As we enter the final days before opening night, I wanted to give some insight, and recommendations for people looking to prep before HHN XXV.
So let's discuss.
THE WALKING DEAD
The good thing about this year's house, is that it is only based on season 5. If you are a rabid fan of the show, then you probably have already seen it. If you are curious, getting your hands on the show may be difficult. AMC offers an app, where I believe you can check out the latest episodes of the show. If you have Amazon or iTunes, you can stream the entire season. If you do not want to watch the show, or can't, then that is fine too. The good thing about The Walking Dead property, is that it is basically the same premise, but different locations. If you have experienced the show, or house, in the past, then you should be OK. I myself do not watch the show. I find it kind of fun to experience The Walking Dead blind. It's just a another house with zombies. Story wise, you may be a little lost, but it's not entirely necessary to watch the show. Of course if you do, then your experience may be heightened because of it. Still, not entirely required.
As far as the first film goes, I am not a fan. I thought the premise was hugely wasted, and the film devolved into a boring home invasion flick. And it was horribly executed. The house at HHN this year, will be more in line with the first film, as a lot of it will be you trapped in a home with Purger's getting in. There will be elements from The Purge: Anarchy thrown in for good measure. A lot of Anarchy takes place on the outside. As much as I don't like it, your best course of action is to watch the first film. While Anarchy is the better of the two films, if you want to get a feeling for what the house will be like, again, the first film is your best bet. I suggest watching both ultimately though.
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
An American Werewolf in London, is one of the best horror films ever made. If you like comedy mixed in with your horror, then you will be in heaven. The film balances the two very well. There are some truly terrifying scenes, and some really funny scenes thrown in for good measure. Some of the younger crowd, may never have seen the film. I highly recommend giving it a chance. The Academy Award winning make-up effects by Rick Baker, are worth a watch on their own. It is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video. There is a "sequel" to An American Werewolf in London. I highly recommend staying away from that. It is a horrible movie, and has very little to do with the first. Do not confuse an American Werewolf in Paris, with an American Werewolf in London. Some younger people may actually know the sequel better, as it came out in 1997. Some may also be familiar with Bush's song "Mouth". It was featured on the soundtrack to An American Werewolf in Paris. The song, is the best thing to come out of that film.
I have yet to see the third film. However, since I got to get a sneak peek at the house during the HHN media preview, I can tell you it is not necessary to watch the last film. It may be prudent to watch the first two, if you want to do some prep before attending the event though. I personally, was not a huge fan of these films. I watched them myself when I first got word the franchise would be coming to HHN. Both Chapter 1 and 2, have their moments, but overall, I found them kind of bland. They are not "bad" films, just meh. If you don't have time to watch all three, or just time for one, stick with the first film. It sets the mood for what to expect in the house nicely. If you have Netflix, Indidious: Chapter 2, is currently streaming on the service, which may be the quicker option.
FREDDY VS. JASON
Freddy Vs. Jason is an incredibly fun watch. Sure, it has some things that are questionable (Jason afraid of water?), however it's still a fun gem to discover. England is chewing every bit of scenery he can in this flick. And rightfully so. This is still one of the best experiences I've ever had at a movie theater. It holds up fairly well, minus one or two things. I would give it a chance if you want to do some prep. If you want to dig deeper into both of these characters, you have a few options. For Friday the 13th, watch Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter. Another I always recommend, is Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. However, if you just have time for one, watch The Final Chapter. Even though I enjoyed the 2009 Friday remake, stay away from that one. With A Nightmare on Elm Street, you're in luck. Netflix is currently streaming the original A Nightmare on Elm Street. If you want to go deeper, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a good watch. And if you want to go even further, my favorite Nightmare film is Wes Craven's New Nightmare (also streaming of Netflix). If you are fan of Scream, New Nightmare is a wonderfully Meta precursor to Scream's self-aware playfulness. Also, stay away from the Nightmare on Elm Street remake. Netflix is also streaming Never Sleep Again, a 4 hour documentary about the entire Nightmare series.
If you would like to check out our ranking's of the Friday the 13th films, go HERE.
BONUS: RUN: BLOOD, SWEAT AND FEARS
Yes, Run. Based on the description, the house is going to pull elements from a wonderful 80's gem. Some younger attendees, may think of The Hunger Games on steroids when reading the description. However, I would actually recommend giving The Running Man a view as prep for the house. The film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, and is actually based on a novel by Stephen King. It was written under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman. Schwarzenegger plays a wrongfully convicted prisoner, who is forced to compete on a TV game show called The Running Man. On the show, criminal's must fend off Stalkers, while navigating their way through a series of staged areas. If they survive, the prisoners are freed. The Running Man is one of Schwarzenegger's better 80's films, and despite it's totally 80's feel, actually has some relevant commentary regarding today's era of Reality TV shows. It is a very fun watch.
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