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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

Posted in Horror Review, Seq Week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Jack Sholder

Writers: David Chaskin (written by)

Wes Craven (characters)

Tagline: The first name in terror returns…

Plot: A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him to continue his murdering in the real world.

Cast: Mark Patton – Jesse Walsh

Kim Myers – Lisa Webber

Robert Rusler – Ron Grady

Clu Gulager – Ken Walsh

Hope Lange – Cheryl Walsh

Review (spoilers):

I wrote about the first Nightmare on Elm Street (which I edited today & changed it’s grade, check it out) some time ago. Despite all warnings that the first sequel it’s the worst movie in the whole serial I decided to watch it today. And guess what? I loathed it…very much. I don’t know where to start, I found it to be awful on so many different levels. The plot consists of Freddy haunting some random guy. Apparently, Freddy’s goal is to use him to continue his murders in the real world. As you can see the whole concept of Freddy Kreuger is destroyed in this sequel: you don’t even have to be asleep to be killed by him. And his arrival to the real world was made so stupidly, it finally occurs at the end of the movie but he could have done it sooner with no problems. None of his actions don’t make any sense, actually the whole script is very weak. I also didn’t like how Freddy’s razorblade glove changes to a normal hand with razors coming out of it in some scenes, I found that to be annoying.  Btw, I don’t even know if I am the only one who thinks that Freddy had became a pussy in this sequel. He makes almost no decent kills (except one) and he was finally defeated by a single kiss (how romantic). And of course “The First Name in Terror” (as he is represented in the tagline) can’t handle a struggle with one weak teenage girl.

Speaking of that teenage girl, I must mention how horrible the acting was. From the start I knew not to expect nothing special from the actors (expect from Robert Englund maybe) but this was just awful. The bad acting can best be seen in the scene where  a house hold parrot suddenly goes crazy and attacks the whole Walsh family ( seriously, that scene was wtf). It is so silly and stupid that it even found itself  in a Youtube video series named “Worst movie scenes ever”.  The funniest thing in that scene would surely be the reactions of the family members which were strange? (if you want, you can go rewatch that scene on Youtube and slowly follow the little girl’s reactions, it seems to me that she is smiling, which made the whole scene for me even funnier).The death of that parrot was one of the rare death scenes which you’ll see in Freddy’s Revenge. First kill occurs very late in the movie (a half a hour through). In the whole movie Freddy kills only 3 people (correct me if I’m wrong) and he had much more chances to prove that he really is ” The First Name in Terror”. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that those murders are very weak for a serial like “Nightmare on Elm Street”.

I want to discuss one more thing… I hope I’m not the only who perceived some softcore gay porn influences which was very strange to me. (A BIG NOTE: I don’t have bad anything against homosexuals but I really didn’t expect to see something like this in Freddy’s Revenge). First off all Jesse enters a bar where homosexuals and transsexuals hang out only to find out that his gym teacher is out there. His gym leader gets spanked by a towel before Freddy kills him. Also Jesse had some troubles with getting near to Lisa but he instantly turns to his friend Grady and begs him to watch over him while he sleeps, etc. I really didn’t expect that kind of mood.

My Rating: 2/10… It’s just bad, simply skip this one in the serial and move onto A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. That one can’t be worse than this.

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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.