Swedish retro thrashers F.K.Ü. — i.e., Freddy Krueger’s Underwear — cite “80’s horror flicks and old copies of Metal Forces magazine” as the band’s primary inspiration, and the band has spent over a decade now backing up that claim, encapsulating odes to Maniac Cop, Hellraiser, C.H.U.D., Motel Hell, and a bevy of other seminal horror splatterfests in sonic homages to Exodus, Nuclear Assault, and Overkill. This mash-up reaches its apotheosis on the zombie-themed 4: Rise of the Mosh Mongers, a hard-driving, exuberant sixteen track album that raises both F.K.Ü.’s sound and imagery to new heights without losing its gutter culture joie de vivre.
This morning, F.K.Ü. graciously provides us with a sneak peek of 4: Rise of the Mosh Mongers as well as this exclusive list of these uber-Krueger-philes fav Nightmare kills.
1. Painting the Ceiling Red — A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Tina (Amanda Wyss) is slashed in bed and pulled up the wall and across the ceiling of the bedroom, then falling back into bed with a bloody splash. Made in ’84 and still one of the coolest death scenes ever!
2. It’s A Bug’s Life — A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
Debbie (Brooke Theiss) is weightlifting when Freddy sneaks up from behind and pushes down on the weights, breaking her arms. Roach legs then sprout from the wounds and she slowly transforms into a roach, realizing she’s in Freddy’s hand, trapped inside a roach motel. Finally he crushes the box and disgusting goo leaks out. Pure classic!
3. Master of Puppets — A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Phillip (Bradley Gregg) gets his arms and legs sliced open to reveal veins/tendons, used to turn him into a human marionette. Freddy then takes him to the roof of a hospital and cuts the “strings” and let him fall to his death. Beautiful!
4. Blood Eruption — A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Glen (Johnny Depp) is sleeping when Freddy’s glove emerges from the bed and pulls him down into the mattress which results in a geyser of blood erupting from the hole in the bed. Once again the ceiling is painted red!
5. You Are What You Eat — A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
Freddy force-feeds Greta (Erika Anderson) “food” made from her own body parts until she chokes to death. Yummy!