It was known as the house that Freddy built ... and now it's gone. Vanished. Absorbed whole into the corporate borg that is Warner Bros. It was announced yesterday that New Line Cinema, as we know it, is now dead. According to former chief Bob Shaye, it seems that WB will still use the New Line name for certain productions and / or pick-ups, but it probably won't be long before that idea is swallowed whole by Warner Independent Pictures.One can only assume that New Line subsidiary Picturehouse (formerly Fine Line) will also be absorbed, which is a shame because they've had a really impressive track record so far.

So while I'll always be grateful to New Line for giving me Freddy Krueger, Blade, Critters, Austin Powers and (of course) The Lord of the Rings, I thought it might be interesting to track back over ALL of the New Line, Fine Line, and Picturehouse releases and maybe even see what doomed the studio. Aside from withholding all those LOTR profits and inspiring a half-dozen very expensive lawsuits, of course. (And let's not forget: They distributed The Evil Dead, funded almost all of John Waters' films AND they bankrolled Boogie Nights, Pleasantville, Seven, and Dark City, so let's not talk too ill of the recently-deceased.) New Line celebrated its 40th anniversary last November, which means they set the "founding" year as 1967. At that point New Line was simply distributing old flicks to college campuses, but that all changed in the early '80s.

As a production company that we know and (sometimes) love, New Line was probably born in 1982, with the production and release of Jack Sholder's Alone in the Dark, a strangely amusing horror flick starring Jack Palance, Martin Landau and Donald Pleasance. From that small success, the die was cast; 1984 saw the arrival of A Nightmare on Elm Street and 1985 saw ... A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge. This would prove to be New Line's m.o. for many years to come: One novel idea followed by several uninspired sequels. In 1986 they gave us Critters. In '87 it was A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, the surprisingly good The Hidden, and the seriously terrible My Demon Lover. The 1988 menu offered Critters 2: The Main Course, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Anthony Perkins' Lucky Stiff, Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, and John Waters' (original) Hairspray. The studio closed the '80s in rather unimpressive fashion: Their 1989 releases were A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child and Hulk Hogan's No Holds Barred.

1990 -- An Angel at My Table, Book of Love, Heart Condition, House Party, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3, Pump Up the Volume, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Trust

1991 -- Critters 3, Critters 4, Drop Dead Fred, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Hangin' with the Homeboys, House Party 2, Late for Dinner, My Own Private Idaho, Proof, The Rapture, Suburban Commando, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze

1992 -- Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even, Deep Cover, Glengarry Glen Ross, Honeymoon in Vegas, Live Wire, Mr. Saturday Night, The Player, Poison Ivy, Roadside Prophets, Simple Men, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Year of the Comet

1993 -- Amos & Andrew, Bodies, Rest & Motion, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Excessive Force, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Josh and S.A.M., Loaded Weapon 1, Malice, Man's Best Friend, Menace II Society, Mr. Nanny, Naked, Needful Things, Short Cuts, Skeeter, Sunset Grill, Surf Ninjas, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, Three of Hearts, Who's the Man?

1994 -- 8 Seconds, Above the Rim, Barcelona, Blink, Corrina, Corrina, Death and the Maiden, Double Happiness, Dumb & Dumber, The Hidden 2, Hoop Dreams, House Party 3, Little Odessa, The Mask, Monkey Trouble, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, New Nightmare, North, Once Were Warriors, Safe Passage, Spanking the Monkey, Surviving the Game, Tollbooth

1995 -- Angus, The Basketball Diaries, Delta of Venus, Don Juan DeMarco, Embrace of the Vampire, Frankie Starlight, Friday, The Grass Harp, In the Mouth of Madness, The Incredibly True Story of Two Girls in Love, The Mangler, Mortal Kombat, The Nature of the Beast, Now and Then, Senior Trip, Seven, Silent Hunter, Theodore Rex, The Viking Sagas

1996 -- The Adventures of Pinocchio, Bed of Roses, Carried Away, Faithful, Feeling Minnesota, Felony, Heaven's Prisoners, In Love and War, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Last Man Standing, Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Michael, Mother Night, Normal Life, Pie in the Sky, Poison Ivy 2, Set It Off, The Stupids, Twelfth Night

1997 -- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, B*A*P*S, Boogie Nights, Dangerous Ground, For Roseanna, Gummo, Money Talks, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Most Wanted, One Night Stand, Poison Ivy 3: The New Seduction, Spawn, The Sweet Hereafter, Trial and Error, Wag the Dog, The Winter Guest

1998 -- American History X, Blade, Dark City, Dog Park, Living Out Loud, Lost in Space, The Players Club, Pleasantville, Rush Hour, The Wedding Singer

1999 -- The Astronaut's Wife, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Bachelor, Blast from the Past, Body Shots, The Corruptor, Detroit Rock City, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Magnolia

2000 -- Bamboozled, Before Night Falls, Boiler Room, The Cell, Dancer in the Dark, Dungeons & Dragons, Final Destination, Frequency, Little Nicky, Love and Basketball, Next Friday, Price of Glory, The Prime Gig, State and Main, Thirteen Days, Turn It Up

2001 -- 15 Minutes, The Anniversary Party, Blow, Bones, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Human Nature, I Am Sam, Invincible, The Invisible Circus, Jason X, Knockaround Guys, Life as a House, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Prison Song, Rush Hour 2, Storytelling, Sugar & Spice, Town & Country

2002 -- About Schmidt, All About the Benjamins, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Blade 2, Cherish, The Emperor's Club, Friday After Next, John Q, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Mr. Deeds, Punch-Drunk Love, Ripley's Game, S1m0ne, Wish You Were Dead

2003 -- American Splendor, Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Elephant, Elf, Final Destination 2, Freddy vs. Jason, Highwaymen, How to Deal, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, A Man Apart, The Real Cancun, Secondhand Lions, The Sleeping Dictionary, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Willard

2004 -- After the Sunset, Birth, Blade: Trinity, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, The Butterfly Effect, Cellular, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, The Holy Girl, Laws of Attraction, Maria Full of Grace, The Notebook, Raise Your Voice, The Sea Inside, The Year of the Yao

2005 -- Domino, Factotum, A History of Violence, Just Friends, King's Ransom, Last Days, The Man, Monster-in-Law, The New World, The Notorious Bettie Page, Son of the Mask, The Thing About My Folks, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, The Upside of Anger, Wedding Crashers

2006 -- The Butterfly Effect 2, Final Destination 3, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, Hoot, How to Eat Fried Worms, Little Children, The Nativity Story, Pan's Labyrinth, A Prairie Home Companion, Running Scared, Snakes on a Plane, Take the Lead, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Who the $%# is Jackson Pollock?

2007 -- Code Name: The Cleaner, Fracture, Full of It, The Golden Compass, Gracie, Hairspray, Havoc 2: Normal Adolescent Behavior, The King of Kong, The Last Mimzy, Love in the Time of Cholera, Martian Child, Mr. Woodcock, Mongol, The Number 23, The Orphanage, Rendition, Rocket Science, Rush Hour 3, Shoot 'Em Up, Silk, La Vie en Rose

2008 -- Amusement, Appaloosa, Be Kind Rewind, The Cell 2, Four Christmases, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, He's Just Not That Into You, Inkheart, Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, Over Her Dead Body, Pride and Glory, Run Fatboy Run, Semi-Pro, Seventeen Again, Sex and the City: The Movie, The Sick House, The Time Traveler's Wife

Beyond(?) -- Final Destination 4, Friday the 13th, The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Hobbit, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Shazam!

Rest in peace, New Line.
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