I have stumbled upon a great new idea: The Mixed Horror Trilogy. Well, apologies if you thought of it first, but it’s new to me.
We start with Halloween – arguably where modern horror starts. The (proper) birth of the slasher. One of the most influential indie movies of all time; John Carpenter’s finest soundtrack and tightest script – and just an endlessly enjoyable re-watch; also now the birth point of a franchise that is – 45 years on – only just about to wind up. A patchy legacy, over half of its movies are hard to love and hold your head high – but as the opening film that started it all Halloween just never gets old.
Friday 13th Part 2 must be next – because I’ve already dubbed it the greatest horror sequel/my favourite but also it works as a middle in a mixed trilogy because a) it’s brilliant, b) it is the real development of the Friday 13th storyline, the elevation of Jason, and c) it is a self-contained film; gives you all you need if you just want to kick back and watch a slasher.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors – is, push comes to shove, my favourite of the Elm Street films. It is – some days – my all-time favourite horror. And it is actually just one of my favourite films. I think of it as one of the smarter horror films, there’s a lot in it – intense, heady, psychologically disturbing but ultimately an empowering resilience story. It’s also got a great score, some kick-ass soundtrack songs and – for its time – amazing special and visual effects. I also think that Elm Street 3 does the business in terms of introducing Freddy properly, and I reckon you can watch it without seeing any of the others; it’s actually where we correctly learn about Freddy’s full backstory.
To me, that’s the great Mixed Horror Trilogy, particularly as it takes the ‘correct’ films from three of the most iconic horror film franchises of all-time; the three great multi-sequel slashers.
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