Nightmare on Elm Street podcast – ThisWeekInGeek (October, 2010)

James / October 20th, 2011

In case you haven’t heard it before, I’m re-posting this podcast from last year when I was a guest onΒ ThisWeekInGeek.Net.Β We discussed our favorite boogeyman from our dreams, Freddy Krueger. Seems appropriate as I’m reviewing the Nightmare on Elm Street series now.



  • bick.benedict

    October 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Well, since no one else is going to say it…”first.”

  • October 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    It was an absolute pleasure to work with James and share a slice of the airwaves with such a great talent.
    This is easily one of the highlights of my career.

    Hope everyone enjoys this as much as I enjoyed putting it together

  • CJ

    October 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    well i enjoyed it πŸ˜‰

  • October 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    The face rip off was in the first Nightmare On Elm Street. Tina pulls off his face just before he cuts her to pieces. She’s the first kill in the film. Really cool podcast.

  • October 27, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Maybe I’m the only one who felt this way, but I took the progression of the movies with the comedic effect to be just a progression of Freddy’s insanity. His insanity winds up getting worse, so he gets goofier, and just makes his murders more outlandish. I thought all six movies were great, but I definitely can see where people see problems with them. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare was a fucking joke. And Wes is a hypocrite! Bitched about bringing Freddy out into reality, and what does he do? Brings him into reality. What the fuck?! I wish they would do like they’d talked about after the Freddy Vs. Jason film and do the Springwood Slasher film that was supposed to be a prequel to the first film.

  • Filmmassacre

    October 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    2 hours well spent!
    very intresting to listen ot you 3 guys actually
    really enjoyed it =)

  • October 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I’m surprised with all the horror icon names being thrown around like Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Chucky, Pumpkinhead, and Leprechaun there was no mention of Leatherface. I guess the big argument is that Leatherface isn’t immortal like the others, but I still feel like he’s lumped together with the others at least in the hearts and minds of horror fans growing up in the 80’s and 90’s. If there were some clever way to grant him the kind of indestructibility the others have, he’d make a great contender in a versus mash-up.

  • October 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    U Force? What is that? I’ve never heard of it…

  • guilhugas

    October 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    When monster madness ends you could make a horror movie reel. Just a mashup/summary of this month’s horrific joy πŸ˜€

  • October 27, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Well done James, I thought the movies you reviewed at the start of the series were a bit boom, but your current ones are great and contain much less.

  • October 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    There’s an Elm St literally just two streets from where I live. I so badly wanted the house I got to be on there!

  • October 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    BTW this was awesome. I’ve only seen the first. One day a few weeks ago I built up the nerve to watch the first film on Netflix. I enjoyed it, and I would like to watch more.

  • October 27, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Is this a free Podcast? I would love to listen to your podcast of Nightmare on Elm Street…. πŸ™‚

  • CNG24

    October 27, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Its interesting to note the people that made the remake actually asked Robert England’s opinion and approval of his replacement in which he said he approved, so in my mind that made it okay for there to be a new Freddy. Also there was an online pole before the production of the movie for Jackie to play the part…Jackie talks about this on the only special feature that came with the movie. I think the mythology like what you guys said was the major screw up of the movie…they removed him being a child killer and instead he was just a where in the original movies it was just implied that he was also a pedophile. Also James, I’d love to hear your take on the movie once you’ve seen it like how you did with the Wolfman remake.

  • October 28, 2010 at 12:15 am

    As a HUGE fan of the Nightmare series and all of your videos, you have no idea how happy this has made me.

  • October 28, 2010 at 3:30 am

    If I were to bring James back on the show,what topics would you want to him talk about?
    James has expressed interest in doing another show with us

    So email me your suggestions to
    [email protected]
    Any other feedback is appreciated!

    Thanks guys for making this one of our most successful episodes this year πŸ™‚
    You all rawk!

  • October 28, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Man, Rolfe, I could listen to you talk about anything and it’d be interesting. A historian for our generation!

    Anyways, about the WB and Netflix thing. I think they have a deal with Netflix, WB, that is, to withhold releasing DVD’s on the service for a while, and in return, Netflix will get more streaming stuff from WB. At least I think that’s how I read it.

    Supposedly, this “brilliant” decision was due in part of WB thinking video rentals are killing DVD sales.

  • ulmuchiha

    October 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    child’s play scared me too πŸ˜€

  • arklon

    October 28, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Great Podcast but I must say that when you guys started naming off the 80’s horror icons I was actually upset that you failed to name the Tallman from Phantasm! He has always been my number one horror villian ever with Freddy in the number 2 slot. I was a kid when the first movie came out and still remember the commercials for the film that ran because even they fascinated me big time but it was the opening with the creation of the glove that inthralled me and disturbed me as well. Oh and I saw part 4 at a drive in which is one of my favorite child hood memoires. Another beloved memory at the drive in is when I saw Critters and Aliens back to back lol.

  • morciu

    October 29, 2010 at 4:52 am

    i don’t know if that body-count score is correct;
    I haven’t seen friday 13 part 2 and 3 but i remember that in part 1 and 5 jason is not the one doing the killing: in 1 it’s his mom and in part 5 it’s a copycat.

  • Filmmassacre

    October 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    it’s truethat list count every murder in Paart 2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10, FVJ & the remake it’s alot!
    trust me jason has killed the most…..

  • christburner

    October 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    there is only one….one Freddy …one Nightmare…..

  • christburner

    October 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    im gonna go ahead and ask cause i think i must have missed something…society (by this i mean all of you too)does realize that there is a difference between MURDER and MOLESTATION right ..i mean are we clear at least on that? can we all agree? so heres my question…in which movie besides the the last one, do the say freddy is a child molester ? im dead fucking serious..did i miss this am i just sorry but thats why Freddy was the shit for me..HE WAS FUCKING CHILD MURDERER..but like i said ..i may missed something … the new movie sucks imo…also not one of the suckers that gave this remade turd boxoffice numbers , way to go ..fuckin tools..keep feeding the these hollywood whores…i blame all of you that wait in line for these movies..

  • arklon

    October 30, 2010 at 1:45 am

    actually the early movies never did say he was a child meloster and it was not until Jason Vs Freddy that they started to refrence it. The whole child melosting thing probably started with the first one actually because there is a deleted scene that supposenly alluding to him being a child meloster but of course was removed from the film and so since that scene was never a part of the actual movie at no point in any of the early movies has it ever stated that he molested children.

  • October 30, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Bad ass! Want moar!

  • christburner

    October 31, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    thanks man i was just about to watch that movie today ill be sure to pay attention…i also want to apologize for my rant ..this thread is about thanking James for being a part of entertainment… and i have so far failed to do so. i listened to the whole 2 hour cast and it was informative and entertaining the whole time… thanks this week in geek for asking James to be a part of it..and thanks James for putting it up!! you guys are fucking fantastic

  • JediRob

    November 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    A good listen. i wish I could have jumped in a few times with my own opinions and knowledge of the series. Re: Freddy’s Nightmares…

    While I agree every show should have it’s day on DVD for its fans, the main thing about that show that you failed to note is that it is nearly unwatchable. I am an absolute “Nightmare” and all things Freddy fan, but having watched that show recently on the Chiller network, it is astoundingly bad, even for its time. Save for maybe one or two episodes, or more like moments from episodes it is perhaps best forgotten.

    Having said that though, as a proponent for the preservation of all things pop culture, it should definitely have its home release. If only for fans to torture themselves.

  • Kong923

    October 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm


  • 19Szabolcs91

    October 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Good listen, especially from where you started to talk about each individual movie.

    Although you guys were REALLY harsh with the remake. It wasn’t particularly good, but it wasn’t horrible, at least in my opinion. As a Freddy movie it doesn’t hold up AT ALL, but I thought it was entertaining.

    But I agree, the new Freddy was very weak. Not scary at all, not insane enough, and doesn’t seem to enjoy the killing… which was the very reason Freddy became my favorite horror villain.

    So overall I thought it was okay (and waaaaaaay better than the boring Halloween remake), but not on par.

  • Vulcan Assassin

    October 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for this James! I appreciate getting to hear the answers to the questions they asked you – I always wondered if you had to do these daily or started them early every year to give us Monster Madness!

    I really got into it this year, in the last 2 weeks I have watched ALL the old Universal Monster flicks except for “Son of Dracula/House of Dracula” (haven’t got my hands on them yet) THEY ARE NOW MY FAVORITE FILMS (next to Star Trek)

    Thanks for making me a fan. Keep up all the great things you do!

    PS- Doctor Pretorious (Bride of Frankenstein) is the Best “Mad Scientist” role I have ever seen. So glad to discover it.

  • jongyon7192p

    October 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    2:18… My…Little…Pony…what…

  • radiopools

    October 21, 2011 at 1:16 am

    James, I remember listening to this podcast approx 1 year ago. After having a few beers while listening to this podcast. I built up the balls to watch the first Nightmare on Elm Street film.

    Before this podcast 1 year ago, I was a total coward when it came to things that were scary. I hated horror movies because they always affected me on a deep level. I did not get any enjoyment out of horror films because they would cause my imagination to go wild and disturb my sleep.

    I listened to this podcast, then said fuck it, time to man up. The first Elm Street movie happened to be on Netflix, so I watched it. And you know what? I loved it. Maybe it was the alcohol, but I like to attribute it more to experiencing your films and listening to your words that made me man up and become more interested in horror films.

    One of my favorite films of all time now is Halloween. It is up there with American Movie and Ed Wood as my all time favorites. I would never have had the inspiration and backbone to discover the horror genre if it wasn’t for this podcast and your work as a film maker, James.

    I’m really glad you re-posted this, because this podcast means a lot to me. I actually remember the day it came out last year. I had just gotten a 1-year Xbox Live subscription so I could watch stuff on Netflix. Had I never listened to this podcast, it would have significantly altered my taste in movies. I would have never discovered the cheesy campiness of Freddy and Jason films, and I never would have experienced the artistic Halloween films.

    In summary, thank you James for everything you have done. I don’t know if you realize how much of an impact your voice and work has on people, but you have definitely changed my life for the better.

  • October 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Wow! I never thought I would listen to all of this when I started listening, but here I am, two hours and 11 minutes later. Very interesting and fun to listen to!


    October 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    this should be able to download who’s it me?? xD

  • PD

    October 22, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Very good podcast. James, you definitely know you stuff.

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