Saturday, October 6, 2012

Night 6 of the Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween

Welcome to night 6 of the second annual Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween. Make sure to stop by our Giveaway Post and enter to win a goodie bag full of frightfully good treats from 12 different shops! Tonight we have our next shop feature and the next movie review off our Halloween Movie List. Follow along for an extra 25 entries in the giveaway. But first lets get to our featured item of the night from Laughing Vixen Lounge.

Bloody Handprint Compact - Style A  $15

Purchase any item(s) from Laughing Vixen Lounge through October 31st and get 10% off your order. Use code OTOBER10 at checkout.

Featured Shop - Dirty Dishes

Dirty Dishes is run by Meg from Monroe, Louisiana. Her shop is filled with hand painted coffee mugs.

Flying Monkeys Mug $10.99

How did you choose your shop name?
"A short while after I first started painting "offensive" sayings on cups I decided to separate them from my more conventional shop. My husband and I discussed a second shop for the "dirty cups". I laughed and said they are not dirty cups they are my "dirty dishes" and the name stuck."

Get Smashed Mug $10.99

Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"I was doing well with my other Etsy shop when my daughter suggested I paint mugs with sayings usually found on tee shirts or bumper stickers. I have had so much fun with these snarky sayings and have enjoyed painting them."

Custom Pet Mug $15.99

What inspires the designs/creations you make?
"Customers. My greatest inspiration comes from custom orders or customer ideas. My favorite thing in the world is to get a convo asking if I can put a particular saying on a cup with a certain picture on it. I find this to be a challenge that makes me want to exceed their expectations."

Stupid Should Hurt Mug $10.99

What new designs/creations would you like to add to your shop in the future?
"I have been painting cocktail glasses for a while and plan to add some "dirty" ones to my shop."

What happens at YaYa's Mug $14.99

You'll have a chance to win a Zombie Coffee Mug from Dirty Dishes. Enter now on the main giveaway page.

Zombie Coffee Mug $10.99

Visit Dirty Dishes

Since it's Halloween I had to asked the shops to share their favorite horror films.
"Silence of the Lambs - I know, not so spooky in this day in time. But I get chills every single time I think about Hannible Lecter and he has been the source of many a nightmare over the years."

Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween Movie List.
Follow along with us for a month full of classic and fun spooky movies. Each night there will be a movie review of the next movie on our Halloween Movie List. Leave a comment on each post with your opinion of that movie. On the last day you will find the magic phrase you will use to unlock the entry worth 25 entries in the giveaway. You must comment on each post.

Night 6 - A Nightmare on Elm Street

Taglines - She is the only one who can stop it... if
                 she fails, no one survives.
                 If Nancy Doesn't Wake Up Screaming She
                 Won't Wake Up At All...
                 Sleep Kills

Written and directed by Wes Craven (Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes and Scream) and released on November 16, 1984 by New Line Cinema (Rated R). The kids on Elm Street are having some unpleasant dreams. Funny thing is their dreams all have the same psychopath Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) in them. Oops! Now they are starting to die! Can Nancy (Heather Langencamp) and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) convince any adult that the man in their dreams is the killer. Hmmm...probably not. It's up to Nancy to find Freddy in her dreams and drag him out into her reality for a big bad show down.

This movie was like nothing else I had seen when it was new. Some of the images were just bizarre and freaky and the movie scared the beejeebies out of me! It became one of my favorite movies and I saw it way too many times to count. Plus there was that cute boy in it...Johnny something??

It spawned many, many sequels that got increasingly silly as they went along. That became part of the charm of these movies. The "camp" factor. I remember seeing a marathon of them back when number 4 came out. One movie theater showed all four in a row and everyone had lots of run with them. The original, dated effects and cheesy one liners included, is still a scary movie at heart.

Best scene is Mr. Depp getting sucked in and spit out of his bed. Priceless!

Take a look at the original trailer.

Some trivia about the movie
1. Director Wes Craven claims to have named Freddy Krueger after a kid who bullied him in school and to have based his appearance on a disfigured hobo who scared him as a youth.
2. Johnny Depp accompanied friend Jackie Earle Haley to the auditions, where he was spotted by director Wes Craven, who asked him if he'd like to read for the part. Interestingly enough, Haley played Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).
3. Wes Craven cast Joseph Whipp, who plays the inept sidekick of John Saxon's Lt. Thompson in this film, as the sheriff who endures David Arquette's inept Deputy Dewey in Scream (1996/I).
4. This was the first real movie by New Line Cinema. Before that, they were just a distribution company for college campuses.
5. Freddy Kruger was designed by Wes Craven to be the typical "silent" serial killer such as Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers. But in the sequels Freddy developed a cheeky persona that enabled him to be the black humored villain.
6. New Line Cinema was saved from bankruptcy by the success of the film, and was jokingly nicknamed "the house that Freddy built".
7. Over 500 gallons of fake blood were used during the making of the film.
8. For the famous blood geyser sequence, the film makers used the same revolving room set that was used for Tina's death. They put the set so that it was upside down and attached the camera so that it looked like the room was right side up, then they poured gallons of red water into the room. (The normal movie blood wasn't able to create the right effect for the geyser.)
9. This was Johnny Depp's first film.
10. In a deleted scene featured on the Laser Disc and VHS from Anchor Bay we learn that Nancy and many of her friends from the neighborhood weren't always only children, but had a brother or sister before they were killed by Freddy (during the scene in the basement just before Nancy's mother reveals she has Freddy's glove.)
11. Heather Langenkamp beat over 200 actresses for the role of Nancy Thompson, some of the other actresses who auditioned for the role of Nancy were Jennifer Grey, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox and Tracey Gold.
12. Wes Craven claimed to have drawn inspiration for this movie from 3 separate incidents involving young Cambodians, survivors of Pol Pot's genocidal "purges," all of whom died while apparently in the throes of a horrific nightmare. The story goes that first these young, otherwise healthy people would have a horrible nightmare, then refuse to sleep for as long as possible; when they finally fell asleep from sheer exhaustion they awoke with screaming and writhing, then died from a heart attack. In the last incident, the young man used a variety methods to try and stay awake that were incorporated into the film, including a hidden coffee pot. Some of the dialog between Nancy and her parents is based on this young man's attempts to convince his unbelieving parents that going to sleep would kill him.
13. Jack Nicholson and Robin Williams were both seriously considered for the role of Freddy Kruger.


  1. My daughter scared herself silly with this one!

  2. Creepy dream invading glove wearing Freddy yikes!!!! His black humor makes his personality.

  3. I hate to say it, but I have never seen this classic all the way through. I've seen bits and pieces when it's on tv, but I have never sat down and watched it all the way through. Sounds cool though! And I love that it has to do with dreaming :)

    -Rachael Henzman

  4. This whole thing is making me realize how few "scary" movies I have seen all the way through. :( This is yet another one.

  5. scared the hell out of me when I first saw it, now it's just fun!!


  6. A true landmark in horror film history


  7. These movies are incredible and when I was younger they terrified me. As an adult, they still terrify me. I cannot look at Robert Englund to this day and not see Freddy Krueger...

  8. Silence of the Lambs is the best movie for me. I was so scared when I saw for the first time the 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'. Freddy Krueger was my nightmare for a long time.
    Great movie!

  9. Yep, this one was definitely a nightmare-inducing spooker. I wonder if anyone has named their kid Frederick Krueger ever since that movie came out. Such mean parents they would be...or super creepy!

  10. This one gave my daughter nightmares for years...

  11. I remember as a kid--my sister babysitting me and forcing me to watch this.....that was so not cool...I have been freaked out by Freddy ever since....


  12. i also agree that the johnny depp bed scene was epic. i like nightmare on elm street movies-- freddie's one-liners are classic! i did not enjoy the remake so much though.

  13. I watched this when it came out and loved it. I thought it was an original story and very scary. Everyone has to sleep so there is nowhere to hide from Freddy.

  14. sheila musselman askinsOctober 8, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    when this movie came out i couldnt wait to go see it, and i wasnt disappointed! it scared me so bad i remember being afraid to go sleep lmao when my oldest daughter and my godson wanted to see this..we rented it..turned out the lights and they made it about half way through when they said..ok we cant watch anymore! i laughed because watching it with them i realized how campy it was..but back then..scaryyyyyy! lol

  15. Seriously I love this series. There is just the right balance of guts and horror! Plus really...Johnny!!

  16. I love this movie...I like the first one the best...after that they started to get boring...when this first came out it creeped you out but now not any always knew they were gonna fall asleep...

  17. This one is a classic!maybe my first horror movie ever :)Love it

  18. These are the best mugs!

    Again, this is a movie that needs only to be seen once.