Monster of the Day #1300

Following the success of Freddy Krueger, we got a string of serial-killers-returned-from-the-dead-with-supernatural-powers. Wes Craven even ripped off his own creation, presumably hoping to have as popular a character he retained the rights too. Predictably, its hard to capture lightning in a bottle twice, and this one failed.

This guys was a lot like Krueger, only he just lacked that spark. Which is ironic as he could travel through electrical current. So like Krueger, he was hard to escape from. One was in your dreams, the other in every outlet and appliance.

Part of the problem with all these is that they seemed like really clumsy and preachy anti-capital punishment propaganda. Don’t execute appalling serial killers, they warned, or they’d just come back with superpowers. Freddy was murdered and that was part of his origin, sins of the parents and all that. These guys got trials and due process and everything, but there you go.

  • Gamera977

    Never saw any of these but I vaguely remember the ads. Wasn’t the villain played by the same actor who was Agent Skinner, Mulder’s boss in the ‘X-Files’?

  • I liked this movie right up to the end where they go jumping through the various television programs. They hit Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein and the kid tells Henry Frankenstein/Colin Clive to “Call 911”. Threw me right out of the flick. Too damn far a stretch for a dumb joke.

  • Yes it was.

  • Gamera977

    Guess I need to see this someday. Still don’t think he could be half as scary as Sadako san…

  • Never saw the whole movie, but did own the soundtrack, which was pretty sweet as I recall, not least for Megadeth’s cover of Alice Cooper’s “No More Mister Nice Guy”.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    Mitch Pileggi has a lot of quiet intensity as an actor, so I’d think he wouldn’t be very good as a wise-cracking killer.

  • Flangepart

    >Freddy was murdered and that was part of his origin, sins of the parents
    and all that. These guys got trials and due process and everything, but
    there you go.<
    Do any of the ‘Hollywood Horror’ clan even consider that these serial killers are the very best ad campaign FOR Capital Punishment? Oh, wait…these are the same people who wear ‘we love gun control of the peons, but not for us’ hypocrites who love to make movies about monsters who just love killing innocents, and then side with the bad guys in real life…sorry for the rant, but such obvious examples of stupidity make me not care for their opinions…
    I have not watched the Oscars for decades…wonder why?

  • The Rev.

    On the other hand, that whole sequence was the only thing I liked about it, really. It was a dumb joke, but after the dreck preceding it I found it a welcome change of pace. It’s definitely the only thing I remember about it, other than who the actor that played the titular character is.

  • Rock Baker

    Well, this one does sound more interesting than the one I saw, SLEEPSTALKER: THE SANDMAN’S LAST RITES. I assume this one was… LAWNMOWER MAN? Honestly, I don’t remember what that thing was called!

  • Shocker

  • Rock Baker

    Ah! All I knew for sure was that it used to run on the Sci-Fi Channel periodically. I remembered the promo, but not the title.

  • bgbear_rnh

    AC or DC? Or maybe AC/DC (NTTAWWT)?

  • Flangepart

    Insert joke about ‘assault and battery‘ here.

  • Flangepart

    Guys…George Kennedy is gone at 91. I’d post this in the Forum but…I forgot my password. Could you E-mail it to me, Ken?

  • Ken_Begg

    Uh, I don’t it it, but I think we can set you up with a new one. Write me at and we’ll get that done.

  • Eric Hinkle

    I have to say, I never did get an anti-capital punishment vibe from these films. I just assumed it was the same setup as the classic vampire or malevolent ghost story — ‘An evil man dies and becomes even more evil’. Then again I’m not the most observant person, either.

    One more thing: did anyone watch the Oscars last night? I didn’t and I was stunned by what I was told — Fury Road beat out Force Awakens in several categories? I didn’t think a Mad Max movie would even get in the door, let alone win so many awards.

    And aside from ‘Fury Road’ and ‘Inside Out’ I didn’t even hear of half the movies that won awards.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    That checkered vest or cummerbund or whatever makes him look like a fast-food worker. “Welcome to Food Clown, would you like to try our electrical murderer?”

  • Rodford Smith

    Too static.