HALLOWEEN’ING 2016: Day 26 – A Nightmare On My Street

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D. J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Before he was an “actor” starring in “movies”, Will Smith was a “rapper” that went by the moniker The Fresh Prince, because it was the 80s. Along with his cohort D. J. Jazzy Jeff, he released the album He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper in 1988, which featured as its first track a curious little exorcise in copyright infringement titled “A Nightmare On My Street”.

To be fair, “A Nightmare On My Street” was entered for consideration to be included in the soundtrack for the fourth installment of the Nightmare series, The Dream Master…but that was turned down in favor of the much more tasteful “Are You Ready For Freddy” by The Fat Boys [/sarcasm].

As a choice for inclusion in any Halloween mix, “A Nightmare On My Street” is a no-brainer, really. It’s campy as only The Fresh Prince can do, telling the tale of his own wacky encounter with Freddy, with a chilling ending that, if taken in contextual reality, can only mean that the Jazzy Jeff (D. J. or otherwise) since then was a reanimated corpse brought back by means of voodoo to keep kicking out those jams at an 87% efficiency level.

Note: The version that appears on the original LP and cassette releases are over 6 minutes, while the CD and single versions are only 4 minutes 53 seconds long. This is because CD technology back then sucked, and could only hold a truncated version of the song. Try and find the original 6 minute version, if you’re so inclined.


Movie Review: FREDDY’S DEAD The Final Nightmare

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freddys dead the final nightmare

New Line Cinema

“You’re my blood.  Only you could’ve brought me out…in your mind.”

Maggie Burroughs is a child psychologist tormented by recurring nightmares.  But not until she meets a new patient with the same horrific dreams does her quest for answers lead to a certain house on Elm Street — where an evil that defies the grave is about to be unleashed upon the world.

The late summer and fall of 1991 was a rather memorable time for me.  It was my Senior year in High School, and I was going to the movies a lot at the theater in town.  One in particular was the subject of this review article, the then-promised “final” installment of the Nightmare On Elm Street series – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.  Yeah, I thought it was a bit odd that it was titled as such, eschewing the usual Nightmare On Elm Street numbering thing. But that didn’t matter as much as three facts – 1) I was 17, 2) I had independent transportation and disposable income, and 3) it was FREDDY, dagnabbit.  I had the means, I had the desire, boy howdy I was watching this sucker. I even dragged along my 14-year-old sister to share the fun.

I don’t know about her, but fun I did have at this movie.  Yes, over the years Freddy’s Dead has gained a reputation for being one of the worst installments in the core Nightmare On Elm Street series, and I can certainly understand the reasons given.  But, here’s the thing – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare3 is a campy fun horror flick, heavy on the cheese and ham.  It’s like all the points that I hear everyone complaining about are the ones that actually made this fun for me: the cheesy one-liners by Freddy, the ham-fisted acting, the inexplicable shoehorning of Rosanne and Tom Arnold in cameos, and the gimicky 3D used at the final part of the film…certainly no one was expecting a serious Oscar winning piece, right?  This was pure schlocky fun for early fall.  And I think we can all agree this wasn’t the totaly worst entry in the Nightmare On Elm Street series. And did I mention Alice Cooper’s in here?  Yeah, he is.  As Freddy’s father.  Or step-father, or something.  Point is, it’s Alice freakin’ Cooper.

In any case, I may be in the minority, but Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare has a fond nostalgic place in my heart, and is always a fun watch whenever it’s on.  Check it out some time, bring some friends for a tasty slice of cheese.