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'Town of the Living Dead' recap: That's a wrap, part 1

Season 1 | Episode 11 | “Freddy vs Jasper” | November 11, 2014

From bath robe to bad jacket.

From bathrobe to bad jacket

Last week left us hanging! Robert Englund (aka Freddy Krueger) and the film’s crew surprised John—in his bathrobe—at his house. Tina & Co. are hoping Englund can convince John to rejoin the film. John is super-surprised, but he happily invites everyone inside. He briefly leaves—to change into some more appropriate clothes. And by “appropriate,” I mean a checkered jacket that resembles “car salesman from the ’70s,” to quote John’s friends.

Robert Englund asks if he can see something from the film. They crew puts on the trailer. Jokingly, and oh so Freddy Krueger–like, Englund says, “This had better be good, John!” You can tell John is nervous, but in the end, Englund gives his overall stamp of approval. He offers up a few pointers (e.g., make a slap sound louder), and even calls out lead actor Bryan for being a bit of a diva.

How can anyone—especially an aspiring horror filmmaker—turn down Robert Englund’s advice? It’s just not possible. John is back on board. The crew still isn’t allowed to film in Jasper, so they ask if Englund would join them in speaking at the next city council meeting—tomorrow. Englund is pretty invested at this point, and he agrees to it.

At city hall.

At city hall

And here we are: city hall. John is extremely nervous (again), but Englund just tells him to speak from the heart. Aw. John approaches the podium. He apologizes for the film’s past mishaps (R.I.P. Jasper mule art) and requests time to finish the project. The mayor goes through a list of grievances, and even Councilwoman Jennifer, the crew’s primary advocate, says she’s been getting a lot of criticism from Jasper citizens. Two more weeks. That’s all they need—and that’s what they request. The mayor says he thinks six years is long enough. With defeat in sight, Chase starts to get very emotional.

The council asks if anyone else cares to comment on the subject—and Robert Englund is up (Councilwoman Jennifer is impressed)! He tells the council that he knows the crew can finish, and they’ve learned from their mistakes.  The group votes, and … they are allowed to continue filming (good) for one more week (bad).

At Tina’s house, the group treats Robert Englund to a home-cooked meal. Tina is ready to get everyone focused on finishing the movie. Englund continues to provide wisdom. He first suggests the group work on storyboards to complete the remaining scenes. When Bryan asks about advice for new actors, Englund humorously suggests Bryan “meet Tyler Perry.”

While Englund discusses his personal experience in becoming Freddy Krueger, Laura confesses (to us) that she’s got a bit of a crush on Englund. She calls him a “silver fox.” To make matters even better for the group, Englund agrees to stick around for filming the next scene: John’s death.

Later, Bryan takes John to get a pedicure. Bryan is no stranger to pampering, but John is clearly a little uncomfortable. Bryan’s good deed is not without self-interest. His ulterior motive: He wants to be able to film some of his scenes while Englund is on set. That’s understandable, and John considers it—but only for a second. Denied!

Time to plan it out … kind of. The crew gets together at a local-ish (outside of Jasper—because there’s still bad blood) rec center–type place. John says they have about 15 scenes left to film. Bryan says it’s more like 30 to 35. Right now, the focus is John’s big scene.

Gary's storyboard interpretation.

Gary’s storyboard interpretation

It’s filming day! Tina gets miffed at the group because everyone is just waiting around for Robert Englund to arrive—and John did not do the storyboards for the scene. Since they are still waiting to begin, John decides to take a crack at mapping out the scene. It’s not very good, BUT it’s probably better than his brother Gary’s storyboard interpretation, which, to quote John, looks like “alien hieroglyphics.”

Robert Englund arrives! He commends Laura on her zombie makeup job—putting her in schoolgirl mode. She later asks if he needs anything, to which he replies that a caramel-something Starbucks coffee would be great. Laura is stoked to assist! The only problem? Jasper doesn’t have a Starbucks …. or a coffee shop of any kind. She drives off on a mission to fake a fancy coffee drink.

Time to start rehearsing the scenes. At Englund’s suggestion, Tina takes over directing the scene because John is acting. Englund offers a lot of advice. A LOT. John is happy to listen, BUT he also wants to make sure it’s still his movie, his scene. And poor Chase: Englund can’t seem to get his name right. He keeps calling him Chance.

Laura faking a Starbucks coffee.

Laura faking a Starbucks coffee

Meanwhile, Laura is brewing up something special. She arrives back on set and gives Englund the “coffee” in a bright pink travel cup—a commemorative cup, according to her. He takes a sip and tells her it’s perfect! He rewards her with a sweet forehead kiss. Go Laura! 

Robert Englund directing John.

Robert Englund directing John

Filming begins. The scene is working. Robert Englund is fully involved, basically directing the scene—but it’s good (obviously)! John’s bloody (seriously, there’s some squirting blood) onscreen death goes off without a hitch and the scene is wrapped. Robert Englund is on his way out of Jasper. He says his only regret is that he wishes he could stay longer to help.

Freddy really did save the day! Now let’s see if the crew can maintain momentum to finish the film. Stay tuned for part 2 of last night’s finale!

Memorable Quotes

Bryan, on John’s attire: He looks like the crazy cat lady that lives next to me.

Robert Englund, talking to John about rejoining the movie: It’s not just about you. There’s too many dreams here. They want to finish this dream … before it turns into a NIGHTMARE!

Bryan: Storyboards! What a unique idea! Maybe if we did this six year ago, we’d be done by now.

Tina, on the sexy Robert Englund: Yeah, he could hop in my dreams anytime he wants to.

Town of the Living Dead airs on Syfy.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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