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Kellan-Lutz-in-Hercules:-The-Legend-Begins

Seemingly reduced to Uwe Boll level bargain bin status for anyone under a certain age, Finnish director Renny Harlin was once the go-to guy when John McTiernan or James Cameron were busy dreaming of future prison sentences and off-world planets occupied by blue folk.

Most recently he’s been rebuilding his reputation with stints operating in the increasingly impressive canvas of the television screen, notably with episodes of Burn Notice and Graceland. This appears to have offered him another shot at the big-time, getting a head start with the first of two Son of Zeus historical epics scheduled for release in 2014.

So there’s no better time to take a look back at six of the most career defining moments for the former Mr. Geena Davis.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Harlin became the dream weaver at a creative high point for the franchise, with 1987’s Dream Warriors restoring the teen pursuing terror that had been jarringly absent from the physiological horror misstep of the second and third films. He created the final instalment during which the perfect balance of scares, appealing cast, and a genuine sense of dread from a bogeyman destined for years of interminable self-parody, were a success.

The film is creatively impressive, with a creepy dreamscape opening sequence and a number of inventive deaths which pre-date the Final Destination/Saw gimmick factor; a junk-yard showdown featuring a stop-motion skeleton left an indelible impression on this young VHS aficionado.

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