Fred Topel

Bride of Chucky 20th Anniversary: China Dolls

Chucky was the first horror franchise I felt ownership of. Freddy and Jason were already underway by the time I was brave enough to l watch them, but I got in on the ground floor when I begged my dad ...

Rudy 25th Anniversary: I Am Rudy

Rudy may have been the last underdog story that wasn’t about winning. Maybe The Full Monty if we exit the sports world. There’ve always been underdog movies about winning too, but have we lost the one...

Screamfest review: Open 24 Hours – Clerk

Horror movies confined to a single location are a staple. It always works because the location becomes simultaneously your prison, your safe haven and your arsenal of tools for survival. Open 24 Hours...

Screamfest review: Tumbbad – I’ll Tumbbad For Ya’

Screamfest has been great about showing horror films from around the world. In previous years I discovered Finland’s Lake Bodom and Italy’s The Laplace Demon and many others. This year, India’s Tumbba...

Screamfest Review: The Amityville Murders – Family Dies

Amityville is actually one of the franchises I have not seen entirely. Every time I do see one, it discourages me from filling in the gaps. After The Amityville Murders it’s probably going to be a whi...

Tales From The Hood 2 Movie Review: Franchise Fred Approves

Anthology movies are usually hit and miss. Tales From the Hood 2 is actually consistent. There’s something interesting to each one. Your personal favorite may just be dependent on the topic or sub gen...

Franchise Fred Interview: Tales From The Hood 2 Could Lead To A Streaming/TV Series

Universal Home Entertainment has been doing a great job keeping franchises alive. Their greatest work is the Chucky sequels, which have been theatrical quality and taken the series in bold directions....

Jane Fonda on Jane Fonda in Five Acts

Jane Fonda in Five Acts premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Now subscribers to HBO will get to see it in the privacy of their own home. Fonda herself was on a panel for the Television ...

Fear of a Black Hat Creator Is Developing A Streaming Series Sequel

Rusty Cundieff, director of Tales from the Hood, finally got to make Tales from the Hood 2 out on video next week. Since the VOD/home video market allowed a Tales sequel to exist 23 years later, Cundi...

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