Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kicking off - ROCCO's Annual salute to HALLOWEEN!


As many of you are aware, my very favorite holiday of all time is Halloween! (being a tuxedo cat, mostly black, what else woudl it be? Unless there are catnip mousies and a jungle gym under the Christmas tree for me)  It's one of the Human's very favorties, too, so all this  month we are going to present to you synopsis of some of the greatest horror movies of all time, as well as some cool interviews by the authors of our KIDS NEED TO READ benefitted Halloween anthology!

How cool is that?

So let's begin with one of ROCCO's favorite movies  A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (ORIGINAL VERSION - 1984)

The plot:

A young girl, Nancy is having a recurring nightmare about a badly burned man with a razor fingered glove that calls himself Freddy.  It's not long before she realizes that her friends are having the same vision, as one by one they are brutally murdered in their sleep.  The ghost of Freddy Krueger, a man who was murdered years ago after being accused of child molestation, is haunting their dreams as they are the children of the people who murdered him.  After Nancy makes this discovery, she takes action to lure Freddy out of his dreamworld into the real world so she can send him straight to where he belongs - Hell.

Notable members of the Original Cast:

The role of Freddy made a cult star out of actor Robert Englund.  Born in California, Englund worked as an actor in the seventies but his big break came as Freddy Kruger in "Elm Street", the man of nightmares with the disfigured face and a red striped shirt with his right hand as razor-sharp knives. The film was directed by Wes Craven and was so successful for New Line Cinema that the company had Englund reprise Freddy in all of the subsequent - and wildly successful - sequels. His most recent appearance was on an episide of the TV series "Bones" as a creepy handyman.

Elm Street also launched the career of another movie legend:  Johnny Depp.  Depp went on to stardom in such films as Edward Scissorhands, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and is best known for his turn as a pirate in the "Pirates of the Carribean" movies.  Depp is producing and starring as Barnabas Collins in the big-screen remake of the 70's cult soap, DARK SHADOWS, set for release May of 2012.

Why you should rent this movie:

Although the 2010 remake is good, nothing is ever as good as the original and Englund's perfomrance as Freddy lives on as one of the classic horror creatures EVER!

Rocco gives this film:  4 1/2 PAWS!!!!!!!!

Next up: A classic film that became an even more classic cult TV show!

and coming soon - interviews with the authors of EVERY WITCH WAY BUT WICKED!  You won't want to  miss a minute of October!

Meowingly yours,


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