Welcome back to Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents, the very irregular show here at the Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network where I talk about anything I feel like. Most of the time it is out of the realm of the subjects I normally talk about and it’s always meant to be fun or informative or cathartic.
This time out I want to celebrate Halloween and what better way than to talk about my favorite horror movie franchise of all time with a couple of friends? Joining me to talk about all of the above are Melinda and Aaron from the amazing Dreamland: The Retroblasting Podcast. Our subject?
The original A Nightmare on Elm Street came out in 1984 and introduced the world to Freddy Kruger. Since then we have gotten six films in the original series, a meta-textual sequel, a team-up movie, a remake of the original as well as comic books, a television series, board games, trading cards and so much more. Freddy was also a major presence on MTV during the late eighties, so it’s fair to say that the Nightmare franchise became a big part of the pop culture landscape. Melinda, Aaron and I talk about all of it to one extent or another in addition to telling our Nightmare origin stories, our favorite movies in the franchise and a very deep conversation about A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, which is largely considered to be the worst of the original series.
Keep reading for fun show notes!
I mentioned during the final segment that Melinda and Aaron had me on an episode of Dreamland to talk about Bill Finger. If you haven’t listened to that yet you can find that by clicking this link. You should listen to all of the other episodes as well as checking out the main show, Retroblasting, that Melinda does with Michael French.
I also mentioned that Donovan Morgan Grant had me on an episode of Questions: We Don’t Have Answers (co-hosted by the awesome Harry Chute) where we discussed when it’s proper to leave your church within the context of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. You can find that here. I was also on a bonus episode where I got back into my comic book lane. Both were fun and well worth your time.
During the show I read an ad I saw in comic books during the fall of 1988. This is what that looks like.
We also talked about the music that were part of the Nightmare franchise. Here are the videos for those songs.
Dokken – Dream Warriors
Vinnie Vincent Invasion – Love Kills
Fat Boys – Are You Ready For Freddy
Here is a mash up of one of the MTV specials featuring Freddy.
And here’s one of the commercials for the 1-900 number that we talked about.
Oddly enough I could not find a video for the Kool Moe Dee song “Let’s Go”. I know it exists but apparently not on YouTube.
Finally here is a gallery of the trading cards, board games and video games that we talked about.
Thanks again to Melinda and Aaron for appearing on this special. It was a lot of fun and we need to do it again some time.
Next Time: More specials coming soon…ish.