Okay, I must admit that I only watched this documentary
because a) People were messaging me telling me that they talked about a Cracked article
I had written in it, and b) I was on a plane (I checked to make sure no small children were sitting behind me first, don't worry!). BUT, it turned out to be so much better than I had expected that even after that part was over and after my laptop battery ran out on the plane, I voluntarily watched the rest of it at home, even though it's over three hours long. If you're interested in horror and/or how movies get made, it's worth a watch. I think documentaries like this are a good antidote to people who have no idea what actually goes into making a movie, and therefore assume that everything bad that happens to their favorite franchise is not caused by filming problems/budget restraints/studio interference/bad luck but by personal malice directed against them
. (Note: I am often one of these people.)
Some interesting things I learned from the movie:
- One of the rejected scripts for Freddy vs Jason was actually co-written by Ronald D. Moore. Yes, that one. Imagine how that would have turned out. Do we want to know?
- Peter Jackson wrote another rejected script for NoES 6, which from the sound of it probably would have sucked (I never liked his horror, TBH)
- The pre-release press conference for Freddy vs Jason was actually better than the movie itself.
- One of the potential endings for that movie was pretty much awesome beyond words, but was killed because New Line didn't own the rights to a particular character (no, not Ash, although anything involving him was killed for the same reason). WHY DO THEY MOCK US BY TELLING US ABOUT WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN, WHY.
- Despite the franchise containing gang rape, evisceration, people getting their faces cut off and um, graphic stuff I won't go into here since it's not behind a cut, the one thing any of the producers expressed reservation or regret about allowing onto the screen was a female victim calling Freddy a 'fag'. Interesting priorities, America! It kind of reminds me of one time when I was channel flipping and caught part of a version of Pulp Fiction where they'd left in the stabbing and male rape scene, but had carefully censored out every mention of the word 'bitch'.