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New Nightmare (1994)

Posted in Horror Review, Nightmare on Elm Street week with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Wes Craven

Writer: Wes Craven

Tagline: This time, staying awake won’t save you.

Plot: A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

Cast: Robert Englund – Himself / Freddy Krueger

Heather Langenkamp – Herself / Nancy Thompson

Miko Hughes – Dylan Porter

David Newsom – Chase Porter

Tracy Middendorf – Julie

Review:

I was very interested in seeing New Nightmare because, as you may know, it is the only movie from the series, besides the first one, to be directed by Wes Craven. I was told that it was one of the best sequels in the whole series and that it is almost as scary as the first one. Well, those stories couldn’t be more wrong because New Nightmare came as a horrible disappointment. I, personally, find Wes Craven responsible for screwing it up so badly. This time, Freddy enters real world to haunt the dreams of actress Heath Langenkamp who now has to reprise the role of Nancy that made her popular.

In theory this plot synopsis may work perfectly (actually, I find it to be a good idea) but in practice, mister Craven made a too complex story. It is full of unnecessary scenes, parts that make no sense and plot holes. New Nightmare is, basically, a movie inside a movie, and was made a little too complicated so it can easily confuse the average viewer. Besides that, I think that Wes Craven was under a huge influence of The Shining (1980) when he wrote the script because influences are more than obvious: a disturbed child “apprehending” evil, the child having “episodes”, a similar mother – son relationship. While all those elements work perfectly in a horror classic like The Shining, they are completely useless in a movie from A Nightmare on Elm Street series. I think Craven put this child, Dylan, in the script to gain some dramatic and horror atmosphere (as all horror elements are somehow revolving around him), which turns out to be completely ridiculous. I suppose that the movie would have been much better without his irritating (and useless) character. It’s like Craven used his character just because he wanted to make another movie from Nightmare on Elm Street series, which would break into mainstream. Moreover, New Nightmare is the longest movie from the whole series, it lasts about 2 hours. Because of its “surprising” length it can get very boring from time to time due to the shallow script writing. Freddy’s personality also changed – he became more evil, dark and sinister with a new face and glove that make him look stupid. He still uses his one liners that are trying to sound funny but, in a movie like this, they just seem kinda overused. Number of kills in New Nightmare is really small and they are not original anymore like in previous sequels.

Maybe the only thing I enjoyed in New Nightmare was seeing the cast from the original Nightmare on one place. However, I really wanted Robert Englund to have more cameo time without his mask on but, unfortunately, he wasn’t a really important character. I fear there are no positive things to say about New Nightmare besides that. Al though I think this movie could have been much better I still prefer it over Freddy’s Revenge and Freddy’s Dead.

My Rating: 4/10… New Nightmare had much potential but it turned out to be one of the worst movies from the series.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

Posted in Horror Review, Nightmare on Elm Street week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Chuck Russell

Writers: Wes Craven

Bruce Wagner

Frank Darabont

Chuck Russell

Tagline: Freddy’s just around the corner…

Plot: As Freddy Krueger continues his murdering, the kids, led by Freddie’s main opponent in the first film, prepare to fight back.

Cast: Heather Langenkamp – Nancy Thompson

Craig Wasson – Neil Gordon

Patricia Arquette – Kristen Parker

Robert Englund – Freddy Krueger

Ken Sagoes – Kincaid

Review:

We start our Nightmare on Elm Street week with the third part of the series, which is named Dream Warriors. First of all, I have to say all reviews made during this week are dedicated to my dear friend Ydolon who introduced me furthermore to the Elm Street series. Now back to the review. Dream Warriors is the directing debut of Chuck Russell (he is famous for directing The Blob remake and The Mask) and I must say I’m satisfied with his work on this movie (it is also important to mention that Frank Darabont, the famous director, was one of the writers).

One of the best things in Dream Warriors is that the actress Heather Langenkamp is back as Nancy Thompson. Although I didn’t like her very much in the original Nightmare, it was nice to see her reprising the role that made her famous. Her comeback was surely one of the movie’s highlights. After the events, which occurred in the first part, she became a psychiatrist specialized in dream therapy who works in a local hospital with children who also have problems with Freddy. All of those children have some sort of powers and abilities in their dreams and with their help Nancy decides to get rid of Krueger once and for all. In addition to the plot summary, which sounds interesting by itself, Dream Warriors is a much better movie than A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Apart from being an infamous serial killer, Freddy’s personality changed slightly. He became an even more likeable character with all those funny one liners and interesting kills, that was an excellent improvement. Besides that, we learn something about his background, to be more precise: that he is the bastard son of 100 maniacs. Besides all that, this sequel features some very creepy/weird special effects and a catchy nurzery rhyme, which perfectly fits the movie’s atmosphere.

Although Dream Warrior is better than the 2nd part it is still much worse than the original A Nightmare on Elm Street. I think that the script writing could have been a little more advanced because the “dream fighting” idea had huge potential but during the movie it all just feels somehow undeveloped. Speaking of undeveloped, some characters were pretty useless, they were just free kills (but I guess that just works that way in average sequels of classic slashers :D). And by the way, dont’ expect this movie to be scary at all, it does have some minor horror elements but they are nothing more than pure fun. Even though I said many positive things about Dream Warriors, I found it to be nothing special. It is still just your average slasher sequel, which is stupidly amazing (or amazingly stupid – you chose :] ).

My Rating: 6/10… A fun movie you’ll probably enjoy.



A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2009 by Pass the Popcorn!

nightmare_on_elm_street1984Director: Wes Craven

Writer: Wes Craven

Tagline: She is the only one who can stop it… if she fails, no one survives.

Plot: In the dreams of his victims, a specteral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.

Cast: John Saxon – Lt. Thompson

Ronee Blakley – Marge Thompson

Heather Langenkamp – Nancy Thompson

Amanda Wyss – Tina Gray

Jsu Garcia – Rod Lane

Review (spoilers):

My friend is a big fan of this movie so this review is dedicated to him.

In this movie we have a guy with a burned face who kills children in their sleep with his razorblade glove thingy.  So the point is simple: stay awake or die. He kills few kids, later we find out that he is Freddy Kruger, an infamous child murderer who killed many of them in his days! He was brutally murdered by town’s folk, they threw him in some boiler room and just burned him. Yeey! Happy ending! Or maybe not? He somehow returns (we don’t know how but we don’t care) to the world of living, to be more precisely to the world of dreams for his brutal revenge.  He starts to kill innocent kids.

Just the plot of this movie makes it worth watching, I must admit I didn’t realize that the movie will be so creepy. In the beginning we have a sex scene(or after sex scene – can’t remember anymore) interrupted by a bloody kill. Sex killing scenes are definitely becoming cliche these days. The effects in that scene are great, it is very disturbing: the girl is being thrown all around the room by herself, there is blood all around and her boyfriend just doesn’t know what to do in all that panic ( he is afterwards found guilty for her death). A splendid opening!

I can’t actually remember what did occur after that but now the main character is Nancy, a poor little girl who finds out what is going on but nobody believes her. She has terrible nightmares, Freddy is after her all the time blah blah blah.  However, that part was decently done; the only bad thing I found about it is Nancy herself.  I didn’t found her acting to please my appetite. I just can’t picture her as a final girl in slasher movies, if you ask me young Heather Langenkamp wasn’t the perfect choice for that role but no matter.

On the other hand, you got the character of Glen Lantz, played by Johnny Depp! That movie was his first role. So if you want to see him brutally murdered while he is having an awful haircut, this is the movie for you! I know, I enjoyed it : )! Anyways he made a decent job so the overall acting in the movie was on a decent level.

Back to the plot:  Nancy tries to prove someone that she is not telling lies. They even send her to some medical institution where her dreams are being observed, that scene was very creepy.  When that fails she tries to get rid of Freddy herself.  We see few of her nightmares which have a good, dark atmosphere, I found them very enjoyable.  She has a new plan: to wire the whole house with gadget and contraptions which will help her capture Freddy. So we come to the most stupid scene in the whole movie.

Ok, that scene is just god damn terrible!! The movie was good all the time till that scene, I mean what the fuck? I wasn’t sure what was I watching anymore, A Nightmare on Elm Street or some stupid Home Alone sequel. Freddy is chasing Nancy all around the house and he is being hit all the time by some stupid, amateur contraptions.  A cheap Tom & Jerry rip off! However, she keeps him long enough until her father shows up and they kill him after or something, if I’m correct he was again burned to death? How unsuspected, a poor girl found her inner strength and somehow defeats a serial killer who is 43583 times bigger than her. The sad thing about it that I was expecting something like that, ahhh movie cliches, you got to love them ; ). Fortunately those scenes didn’t last a long period of time.

But the movie makes up for it the last scene where we see Freddy is again somehow back. The scariest part of the whole movie is the one when he grabs Nancy’s mom through the house door, I didn’t see that one coming. The worst thing in the last scene is that is making space for a sequel, and I’m not a huge fan of sequels.

My rating: 8/10…All in all, it is a cult movie, with a good reason, I find it very good and watchable, it is creepy from time to time. Although it has it’s stupid parts.