I started 31 days of horror four years ago. At that time, I’d never seen Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, or Friday the 13th. I know, I know. I feel like there’s something special and iconic about the films named above and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. They are powerful franchises with epic staying power—no matter how bad the last one was, like cockroaches, there is always another. So each year, I watch one film from each of the franchises.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

This film is a trainwreck—massively re-cut and re-edited into two different releases with different run times, Matthew McConaughey’s agent didn’t want it released theatrically.  It’s amusing because McConaughey and Renee Zellwegger are in it, and it’s fun to see them running amok with Leatherface, but the plot isn’t very captivating. Of the four franchises, I think this is the weakest one, and it interests me the least. I may have spent a great deal of this film on facebook marketing my new novella “Sacrifice Island”. You can get it for $2.99 at Amazon.com.

Star Power!

Matt makes a lot of faces like this one throughout the film.

See?

And here's one more.

Also? Cross dressing Leatherface. Who can ask for more?

Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

I kind of love it in horror movies when you get to hang out from the characters from the last movie, but only long enough for them to get killed off (think Alien3). Such was the case with the gang who survived The Dream Warriors. What I like the most about the Nightmare franchise is how any scene can turn crazy at any moment as the characters fall asleep without realizing it. They’re visually appealing films, and I love how Freddy evolves into a wise cracking villain. As you may have guessed, this is my favorite of the franchises. IMDB tells me that this flick is the highest grossing slasher flick of the 80’s.

This can't possibly end poorly!

The waterbed death scene was delightful, and the part with Jason the dog (aren’t they clever) was legitimately freaky. They chose this adorable dog, and in a dream he bit one of the characters. When the other character woke up, he startled the dozing harmless looking dog awake. Dog lifts his head and you see his muzzle covered in blood. Bonus points for not killing the dog! Bonus bonus points that it was the dog pissing fire that brought Freddy back from the dead.

What a fun loving dude.

Dog should get that checked out.

The most terrifying image in the film. This will be the face of my nightmares.