The Week In Horror: ‘All the Colors of the Dark,’ ‘Sabrina,’ ‘Scooby Doo,’ ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’

Have we all recovered from the post Halloween blues yet? Who still has decorations up? Haha, screw the neighbors! Welcome back to The Week In Horror, fiends.

Just this week, Severin announced their 4K special edition of Sergio Martino’s All The Colors of the Dark. I’ve personally been waiting on this one, as there is no DVD/Blu-Ray Region A of the film in print. I really enjoyed Martino’s perverse take on Poe’s “The Black Cat” in Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key and his proto-slasher Torso. If your experience with Italian gialli is limited to the work of Argento and Bava, Martino is a great first step into deeper waters. Diabolique‘s Kat Ellinger is providing commentary.

Do we need to talk about The Satanic Temple suing Netflix? No? Cool.

Who remembers The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo? The show aired on Saturday mornings in the mid-80s and featured the voice talent of Vincent Price as Vincent Van Ghoul. The Scooby gang, minus Fred and Daphne (who make a guest appearance late in the season, if memory serves) finds themselves chasing real ghosts for a change, after accidentally unleashing thirteen of the most dangerous spirits. But they never caught that last one, did they? Well, in a new direct to video movie, the gang will be taking another shot at that 13th ghost! Of all the various Scooby Doo shows that aired as I grew up, 13 Ghosts was far from my favorite. I didn’t like the animation or character designs. It looked cheap (by Hanna Barbara standards!) and it was clearly aimed at a younger audience, I was nine and found the series hard to stick with. But the twenty-first century has been great for Scooby shows and movies, usually striking a good balance between catering to grown up fans without alienating younger audiences (I’m not counting the Cartoon Network live action films, which are clearly aimed at tweens.) Scooby Doo: The Curse of the 13th Ghost drops next year.

So it’s going around the web that A Nightmare on Elm Street star Heather Langenkamp has stated she would be down for returning to the world of Freddy Krueger. In light of the massive success of this year’s Halloween who could blame her? This would be a real treat for many fans, especially this guy right here, who has always believed that the ANOES series should have always been about Heather’s character Nancy fighting to protect the Elm Street kids. Langenkamp, for the uninitiated, starred in the original film, returned for part 3, The Dream Warriors, and then again in the meta New Nightmare. If any studio head is wondering how to bring Nancy and Freddy back again, I’m waving my hand with a bulletproof pitch that doesn’t involve rebooting or remaking the franchise!


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