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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.



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Lost Highway (1997)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: David Lynch

Writer: David Lynch

Barry Gifford

Plot: After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Cast: Bill Pullman – Fred Madison

Patricia Arquette  – Renee Madison / Alice Wakefield

Balthazar Getty – Pete Dayton

Robert Loggia – Mr.Eddy / Dick Laurent

Robert Blake – Mystery Man

Review:

I decided to give David Lynch another chance after Eraserhead and it was a right thing to do. I found Lost Highway to be completely different from Eraserhead and it just blown me away. It has an interesting plot in which we follow Fred Madison, a sax player, who is found guilty for the murder of his wife. In his cell, while awaiting death penalty, he is being transformed into a young car mechanic named Pete Dayton. As you can see, this summary doesn’t make any sense at all neither it is explained during the movie but no matter. David Lynch has made a nice suspenseful atmosphere consisting of creepy images, weird colors and excellent soundtracks. And all that makes Lost Highway really worth watching! It is a strange experience you should definitely see.

The transformation scene is not the only scene that makes no (or little) sense. There are even some “intellectual” moments in it like in Eraserhead but I didn’t mind them very much. Besides that, Lost Highway has a really complex synopsis full of duel personalities, strange characters and weird twists. As a movie it is very unique. However, I still felt that David Lynch pushes himself a little too hard. He wants everything to be so abstract and “different” from the mainstream. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad thing although I think Lost Highway would be even better if he kept that “intellectual” feeling in moderate amounts. Even though Lost Highway seems so strange and weird it still has a decent atmosphere that is really worth experiencing.

Anyways, Lost Highway features some good actors playing very interesting characters. The best role would surely go to Robert Blake who plays the Mystery Man. We don’t know almost nothing about his character except that his appearance is very strange and creepy and that he has a big part in the movie’s synopsis. The movie soundtrack also has a big part in the atmosphere. The songs were carefully picked to fit the character’s inner feelings in such a strange way so they make a really great impression on the watcher. The soundtrack features songs from some great artists like Marilyn Manson (Mr. Manson even has a short cameo in it with his bass player, Twiggy Ramirez), Rammstein, David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails. All in all, I found Lost Highway to be really good, it surely is different but it’s still excellent.

My Rating: 8/10 … Lost Highway is a weird experience you should see if you haven’t already.