The Spiders Lair Ranks- Freddy vs. Jason franchise: part one the Freddy movies

This has been a long time coming. It’s no secret I like to make lists, who doesn’t lists are fun. I also thoroughly enjoy the slasher movie genre. My favorites are A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. The two franchises clashed in 2003 with the blockbuster spectacular “Freddy vs. Jason.” This is a list ranking the entire franchise as if it were one franchise, from best to worst. This is purely based on the opinion of The Spiders Lair, so I hope you enjoy this article as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Freddy

A Nightmare on Elm Street

By pretty much all accounts the original Elm Street film is by far the best in the series. It really wasn’t my first exposure to the series, that honor belongs to The Dream Child, but it was easy to see why it’s been regarded as the best once I did get to see it.

For those that don’t know the movie is about a child murderer who is turned into a demon who can enter the dreams of teenagers and if he kills you in the dream you die for real. The premise sounds silly but it’s actually a very well done film.

Fun fact, this was Johnny Depp’s first film appearance.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3

This was the second of the Elm Street films I got to see and pretty much became my favorite for the longest time. There was a time when I might be inclined to say this was the best in the franchise with the original either a tie or a close second. As time has gone on I have learned to appreciate the original more and more. I still enjoy this movie too, but I do think the first one is slightly better mostly for being original.

The movie takes place a few years after the previous two. It appears as though Freddy is spreading through Springwood like a plague with teenagers dropping like flies. The main story focuses on a group of kids, the “last of the Elm Street teenagers” that Freddy is trying to kill off. The kids are all institutionalized trying to survive their nightmares. This is one of the better movies in the franchise and easily the best of the sequels.

Fun fact: Laurence Fisburne of the Matrix fame makes an appearance in this movie.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4

I remember the first time I watched this movie. I had already seen Part 5 and part 3 but none of the other movies at this point. I was flipping through the channels and we had one of those free preview weekends of the premium movie channels. I had never seen it before but when it started up I was so excited to be watching another one of the Elm Street films. By the time I got to the end of this film I was beyond hooked, I was borderline obsessed.

The movie takes place after the events of Dream Warriors. Freddy comes back to life in one of the better scenes in the franchise. The movie, is not as good as the one that came before, but it’s still much better than many of those that came after.

Fun Fact: This movie features some awesome 80’s MTV references.

Freddy vs. Jason

I consider this the last of the true Elm Street movies. Although it’s not a true Freddy movie in the strictest sense, at least it’s still “in universe” and that means a lot more to me than how scary it was or wasn’t for that matter.

The movie pretty much ignores most of the sequels. The movie gets into the backstory of the character a little bit, which I enjoy, and of course pits Freddy against everyone’s favorite hockey masked slasher killer.

Fun Fact: This movie was supposed to feature Pinhead from Hellraiser but they couldn’t get the rights.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5

A part of me wants to always pick this one as the special place it holds as the very first Nightmare on Elm Street movie I ever watched. The first time I saw it I had no idea what the mythology was or backstory I just jumped right in and was hooked right away.

The movie follows the survivors of the previous films, as they often do, trying to get on with their lives. As is also often the case, the teens in this movie must all be new transfers who had no knowledge of their peers killed in the last movie, because they all take quite a bit of convincing Freddy is thing, let alone them not even knowing about the legend? When I as a kid I never pieced that together but today it’s a glaring flaw in the film series. At least with the Friday the 13th films the teens are all aware of Camp Blood. They just ignore it to get their freak on.

Fun Fact: This movie features a comic book “Super Freddy” sequence that I thought was cool as a kid.

Bonus Fun Fact: The VHS release of this movie featured a “rapping” Freddy music video.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 6

I am sure there are going to be those out here who call me every name in the book for ranking this movie higher than dead last. For me, personally, this is not the worst movie in the series. Sure, it’s over the top with the comedy, not that scary and the 3D is terrible. However it actually gets a few things right that make it a notch above the bottom to, for me at least. First, Alice Friggin Copper plays Freddy’s step-father. The trip into Freddy’s mind revealing scenes from his past is by far the best part of the movie. The Looney Tunes version of Freddy isn’t as appealing as the MTV version of Freddy but I still enjoy this movie.

This movie takes place in the distant future where Freddy is down to his last teenager. He needs to send the kid out into the world to bring him some “fresh meat” which he does of course. The movie has some flaws but it was a lot of fun the first time around and I still get emotional when the credits roll with all those scenes from the previous movies taking me back in time.

Fun Fact: This movie makes a GREAT post-Wizard reference to The Power Glove.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2

I was tempted to rank this dead last, as it is my least favorite of the original franchise. However, I cannot stand how the New Nightmare ignores the previous movies mythology. That alone kills it for me. I never cared how “scary” it was or how “original” it supposedly was, all I cared about was how it was just breaking the rules and dismissing all those movies I fell in love with. Well, instead of spending all my time

The movie itself isn’t terrible, just dull, slow paced and less scary than most. It does help set up part 3 which is more than enough for me. It does break a lot of the rules, but can you blame it, being the first sequel there rules weren’t quite well established yet.

Fun Fact: This movie is treated more like a haunted house film than a free roaming dream demon the of the later movies. It’s also the first time the house becomes a set piece, later becoming a staple of the franchise.

Wes Cravens New Nightmare

I dislike this movie. I won’t get too much into why I just felt it disrespected the movies I enjoyed. I know some people like this movie and make outrageous claims like it’s one of the best or even the best by some accounts. I just don’t get it.

Fun Fact: This movie reunites stars from the original.

Check back for part 2: The Jason films.

The Dark Web TV Episode 1- Transformers DVDs, Google Chrome, and esports

The Spiders Lair presents The Dark Web TV, a talk show devoted to internet, gaming and techie news and culture. In the discussion segment the topics are the changes to the Facebook news feed and Google Chrome blocking ads on sites. What’s Streaming segment show cases some videos and channels to keep an eye on. The Retro Showcase of the week is the Shout Factory! Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Original Animated Series Box Set DVD collection. The premiere eSports segment mentions a few upcoming events with some general highlights. The Dark Web TV is a news/talk show done in a similar format to a typical news broadcast but modified for the YouTube audience. This show is a companion piece to The Dark Web podcast. New videos are set to stream each week. Follow The Spiders Lair: Twitter: @phatrat1982 Facebook: @thespiderslairblog Podcast: http://thespiderslair.podbean.com/feed/ iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/t… Website: http://www.thespiderslair.com Please like and share.

Top Ten Comic Book characters that deserve their own standalone movies

Right now Disney and Marvel Studios are basically on a roll as they continue to churn out one hit after another in the super hero genre. All while DC flounders around trying to figure out how to get their heads out of their butts. Still even with all the fantastic movies getting made, and the sloppy seconds, there are still a ton of great comic book properties that have yet to be tapped for the big-budget Hollywood treatment. If we truly are in the glory days of super hero movies, then I suspect there has to be a few years left before the bottom falls outs. Here is my top ten list of comic book and super hero characters that need their own movies A.S.A.P. As with all of my lists, this is not a rank the numbers are just for organizational purposes. Thanks.

1. Dawn- Cry for Dawn

The goddess herself is perfect for a stand alone movie. Her iconic look is something even casual comics fans might recognize even if they won’t know much about the character. It’s also a perfect way to get the character more exposure and would most certainly be a hard R rated movie.

2. The Tick

I know, I know he has been treated fairly well on the small screen. But imagine a movie with the budget and creative force that could match something like The Mask and you might have yourself one of those super hero comedies that could have wide appeal. I would hope for this film to be set in the PG-13 super hero world with just enough mature jokes to appeal to the older fans while being accessible to the younger movie goers, especially teenagers.

3. Cadillac’s and Dinosaurs

I shouldn’t have to make a very strong case for this one. It’s obscure enough to fall outside of the mainstream to avoid direct competition with Disney, while being an interesting enough idea it could have a strong enough appeal.

4. Martian Manhunter

Let’s face it DC and Warner Bros. have no clue what they are doing when it comes to the Justice League. It might be time to just give up on the shared universe and give one of the cooler, lesser known characters a shot. I have zero faith in their ability to pull it off but am still hoping something gets made sooner rather than later.

5. Cyclops and Phoenix

I know they are doing the Phoenix Saga but damn it Wolverine has gotten 3 stand alone films and Cyclops continues to get treated like a throw away character. As a fan, Scott Summers was always my favorite X-Man, and his lovely wife Phoenix was a perfect counter to his personality. The duo went on plenty of solo adventures away from the rest of the team and their wedding was a major event back in the 90’s why not give these two their own feature film. Base it on their mini series or do something original, throw the kids in there for good measure and I am all in. It’s not like they could possibly make it any worse than Origins Wolverine.

6. Jimmy Olsen

It doesn’t have to be a super hero movie but the character could be perfect for scaling down the Justice League debacle with the opportunity to do a stand a lone movie centered on a side character. It would work best as a political thriller with the super hero world being only passively referenced as needed. Cameos would also need to be bare minimum for this to work.

7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Okay before you scream there already is a film based on that series, or that the comic books came later just remember reboots are all he rage right now and a good Buffy movie based more on the show and comics that followed but with a darker tone and maybe a good hard R might be just what this vampire slaying franchise needs.

8. The Human Torch

It would seem as though Hollywood can’t seem to figure out how to make a Fantastic Four movie fans can agree on. While I personally loved the original I disliked the sequel and still recognize the flaws of the movie. Why not just remove the most popular character and give him a stand alone film first, skipping the origin story and bring the unit together Avengers style in the third film, following a stand alone Thing movie.

9. The Mask

Again with reboots being so popular, Freddy Krueger being dead an buried and New Line Cinema just a fading memory, why not reboot this comic with an R-rated gore fest that more closely resembles the comics. Let Jim Carrey have a brief cameo if you must but why not this movie is screaming for a remake.

10. Silver Surfer

There were a lot of things wrong with Rise of the Silver Surfer. One of them was the terrible special effects of Galactus. The other mistake was using him as the center piece of a Fantastic Four movie when he would have been better off getting his own film. I am not exactly sure where Disney and Fox are on their deal but if they really want to get the FF characters back into the fold they need to do it right. Step one, make a Silver Surfer movie and tie it into the MCU. Step two make a stand alone Human Torch film skipping the origin story and jumping right into the action, also making it part of the MCU. Then give the Thing his own stand alone film before bringing the group together or better yet, Silver Surfer, then Human Torch then FF then Thing stand alone, similar to how they handled the X-Men and then Wolverine movies but don’t make another origin story.

There you go a list of comic book movies to hope for but probably never get made.

Coming soon: The Dark Web TV

The premier episode of a new web streaming series is just days away from going live. The Dark Web is a bran new type of web series that combines traditional news/talk show format with an internet streaming tone and presentation. The show will focus on techie, gaming and internet culture.

Each episode will be presented in a similar manner as a typical evening news cast or news talk show. There show will be a 30-minute production broken down into 4 segments. The “A block” will be the discussion topic of the week. The B block will be a break down of “what’s streaming.” It will highlight various streaming shows, channels and content creators ranging from YouTube and Twitch to Amazon, Netflix and Hulu. The C block will be the Retro Showcase, a shorter segment devoted to talking about a single retro item, typically a movie, toy, comic book, board game or other item. The D block is the innovative new segment that will cap the show in the same way as a normal newscast with a traditional sports section. The catch, the segment will cover Esports in the same way as a traditional sports segment in a typical broadcast.

The series will begin streaming on YouTube this upcoming weekend. New episodes will upload each weekend going forward. For more information be sure to check back often. Also feel free to follow us on Facebook @thespiderslairblog or Twitter @phatrat1982.

Top 10 video games missing from my collection

In a way this is a special type of top 10list. Instead of making a general list of games for new collectors to consider or a best of, this is a list of video games currently missing from my collection I want to add in the near future. As always this list is not ranked.

1. Toe Jam and Earl 3- Xbox

This is quite literally one of the very reason I picked up an original Xbox. I already have a GameCube and PS2 collection so I never really gave the original Xbox much thought. However, there are a few games for the system, several exclusives, that made me want one. As a huge Sega fan I have a strong desire to own as many of their games as I can get. Despite grabbing just over 50 Xbox games early on, including Panzer Dragoon Orta, I still haven’t gotten around to tracking down a copy of this game. It’s equally disappointing because I absolutely loved the Genesis games, including the sequel.

2. Eye of the Beholder 2 Legend of Dark Moon- DOS

This is the very first PC game I ever played. I mean true PC game, not counting stuff like Carmen San Diego. I have no idea why I haven’t ever tried to track down a working copy of this game. It was also my earliest experience with the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons game.

3. Wii Sports- Wii

I own three Wii compatible pieces of hardware. I own TWO original Wii consoles and a Wii U console. Yet I do not own a single copy of the signature sports game that made the console such a hit in the first place. No, it’s not because of some distaste for motion controls, honestly this was one of the few games I felt really sold motion controls. In fact it really wasn’t until much later I discovered it was really traditional games I dislike having motion in so this was one of those games I did have fun with. Honestly the only reason I don’t have one is I sold my Wii and picked these two up second hand years later. As a result I haven’t gotten around to picking up a copy of the game just because it’s not cheap.

4. Super Mario Maker- Wii U

Ask anyone who bought a Wii U and chances are Super Mario Maker is one of the reasons they will give for justifying their purchase. Unfortunately I was strapped for cash when Switch went up for pre-order so I sold my copy of Super Mario Maker and Splatoon thinking I could get them back pretty easy once Switch was out. I just haven’t had a chance to get these two games back yet.

5. The Last of Us- PS3

I spent the entire PS3/Xbox 360 generation knee deep in retro PC gaming. Aside from discovering emulation, I was going through my college years as well as getting heavy into PC gaming. The Last of Us was one of the few games that finally pushed me over the edge to needing a Playstation 3 console. Yet here I am now four years into having a PS4 which I got right after picking up my Ultra Slim PS3 and The Last of Us remains one of the elusive games still missing from my collection.

6. TMNT- PS2/GC/Xbox

There was a really fun TMNT game for the PS2-era that I enjoyed tremendously when it was new. It was one of the very first games I ever owned for my GameCube at the time. I have all three consoles so I would be fine with picking up any version but for some reason it remains one of those games absent from my gaming collection.

7. Mortal Kombat Trilogy- PS1

It was my 18th birthday. I took my paycheck, birthday money my parents gave me and all the tips I had saved up from my job as a bus boy in the buffet and went to the mall. Once there I bought me two brand new game consoles to take home and enjoy. They were the original Playstation and a Nintendo 64. One game I wanted so bad I bought on both systems, the exact same day, was Mortal Kombat Trilogy. Now, nearly 20 years later and I don’t have a copy of MK Trilogy anymore. I own 4 machines fully compatible with the game, 2 original PS1 consoles, a PS2 and a PS3, so not having one of my favorite video games of all time is kind of mind boggling. The main reason is none of my local stores ever have it and I just rarely buy used video games online.

8. Super Mario Sunshine- GameCube

Let me get this out of the way. I love Super Mario games. I own every single Super Mario game except 2, this GameCube masterpiece and the current Switch Odyssey. Odyssey is because of financial reasons, but Super Mario Sunshine I have no excuse this is a staple of any GameCube collection and somehow my GameCube library is devoid the one Super Mario game the console had.

9. Star Fox Adventures- GameCube

For many Star Fox Adventures as a let down, a disappointment or the end of an era. For me it was one of the greatest video games I have ever experienced. It was *the* game that sold me on buying a GameCube. It was the first game I got for the GameCube that was made for the console. I previously owned Legend of Zelda Collectors Edition, Sonic Adventure DX and Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance, but those were all ports. Star Fox Adventures was the first GameCube exclusive I picked up and I had a blast with that game. Even when I bought a pair of used Wii consoles at a flea market recently it was literally so I could get back into GameCube gaming. For some reason despite owning the hardware, the controllers and memory cards to make it happen I continue to pu off buying the one game I miss the most from that purple lunch box.

10. Hulk Ultimate Destruction- PS2/GC/Xbox

I loved the PS2 era of gaming. I maintain to this day it’s probably the greatest generation of video games ever, hands down. One of the reasons for that is this absolute gem of a game. I didn’t care much for the movie, at all, but this game made it all okay. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe taking over Hollywood, it makes me wish I had a copy all the more.

I guess as I looked over my collection I realized the generation I was lacking the most is the one I proclaim as one of my favorites. This is just a few of the fantastic video games from years past that continue to elude me despite being some of my favorites of all time.