'1, 2 Freddy's coming for you, 3, 4 lock your door, 5, 6 grab your crucifix, 7, 8 better stay up late, 9, 10 never sleep again.' Ten years have passed since Freddy Krueger grimly haunted, chased, and cut down his victims in their own dreams, and the last time we saw him Jason Voorhees held his smiling decapitated head in the epic showdown that was Freddy vs. Jason. Fortunately for us that is exactly where Freddy will stay; in Voorhees' wet, abandoned, seaweed covered home in Camp Crystal Lake. However Robert Englund, who played the original Freddy Krueger in the early 90s series of movies including Freddy vs. Jason, will be returning to the big screens some time in the upcoming year in a film named Kantemir. Fans of this esteemed actor will be able to see Englund back in character, but this time as the lead protagonist named John. This chilling horror story is being directed by Ben Samuels, whose latest film was Asylum; released in 2011. Both Samuels and Englund give a new meaning to losing one's own head.
But if homicidal maniacs with zombie-esque complexions and knives as fingers who chase people around in their dreams was never really your thing, then perhaps you preferred your homicidal fictional characters the ole fashion way; human and able to be stopped. Either way, the recent major productions in Pittsburgh have grown much darker and sinister. In front of Samuels an influential director has also brought his talent to the great industrial city that used to be, and still partially is, Pittsburgh. Joe Carnahan, who wrote, produced, and directed one of Liam Neeson's latest action flick (The Grey), has fixed his camera lens on the city that is rumored to be runner up in housing the most bridges in the world. Supported by Fox 21, a division of 20th Century Fox, a TV pilot to air on A&E started film production in late 2012.
What seems to be an American adaptation of original story by Stefan Jaworski, Those Who Kill follows a female police detective and a forensic psychiatrist who are in pursue of serial killers. Filming for this killer television show started and ended right in Southside, Pittsburgh, in-between 12th street and 15th street. The main stars are: James D'Arcy, known for his most famous Master and Commander and his most recent role in Cloud Atlas, and Chloe Sevigny from American Psycho featuring Christian Bale and Zodiac. Banking on the ratings it will receive Carnahan would like to see his latest work live to see another episode, as the director of The A-team and Smokin' Aces leaves the fate of his show in the hands of the American people. The television pilot is also set to air some time this year.
Along with their other counterparts, these two film productions exemplify the tradition in which the Steel City has upheld since the dawn of the cinemas. This is classic Pittsburgh sticking to the script; and the more directors and producers realize how much of a hidden gem this city is, the more blockbusters will emerge from theaters.