A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Director: Samuel Bayer
Main Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy
Storyline: Nightmares of a past child killer haunt the minds of the children of the parents that murdered him.
Review (Spoils): Well welcome to remake nightmare hell. It was bound to happen as Hollywood has no originality left in its horror blood stream. The haunting of the child killer Freddy Krueger starts to haunt the minds and dream so teenagers. So we have a group of teenagers that are fighting sleep so that they will not be haunted by the presence of the great glove knife slashing Freddy. There is not much when it comes to character development unlike the original of the series. We have a bunch of insomniac like teenagers coming and in and out of dream sequence that seem to get repeatable with Freddy chasing them. The graphics are to CGI for me as I’m old school when it comes to making something weird and fun. The film adds nothing new that was not done already in the original series, so the question is what is the point of doing the remake then?
I was concerned of a new person taking over the persona of Freddy as Robert Englund owns the role for the last 20 plus years. I was surprised that Jackie Earle Haley did a really good job playing Freddy. He has his own pedophile creepiness about him and his voice fit the part. He was about the only good about the film. We have lots of glove slashes, throat slits, some blood splatter and the typical dream deaths.
Rating: Jackie Earle Haley stole the show on this one playing the pedophile side of the madman Freddy but it was not enough to get past how much you can rip off when doing a remake. Rooney Mara tried and I will take her as the Nancy character over the original (which drove me nuts) but staleness of the characters in general was like paper dolls on the screen. Dear Hollywood stop with the god damn remakes.
Freddy VS Jason (2003)
Director: Ronny Yu
Main Stars: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena, Katharine Isabelle, Paula Shaw, Jason Ritter
Storyline: Freddy and Jason and both trapped in Hell and work together to make sure people remember their legacy.
Review (Spoils): Freddy (Robert Englund) is trapped in Hell and he needs to help to have the people of planet Earth to remember the legacy of his terror. He takes the image of Pam Voorhees (Paula Shaw) and confronts Jason (Ken Kirzinger) to help him. Jason is resurrected upon the Earth in small area on Elm Street where he starts to slaughter people which starts people talking that Freddy is back. Through this Freddy gains his powers back and is brought back to existence. Now the problem is nothing is stopping Jason from killing which now draws more attention and fear of Jason on Elm Street then Freddy. Now the two villains must battle for king of Elm Street.
Elm Streets kids live in the fear of falling asleep and madman with a machete! This film brings us some nasty machete slicing, bodies bent in half, Monica Keena cleave shots, beheading, a nasty Jason invades a rave scene, classic Freddy claws, Jason in Freddys dream world, the battle between Freddy and Jason and trip back to Crystal Lake. The film even has a nice little ending which is very open ended.
Rating: I do like this film even though lots of people make fun of it. It is what it is suppose to be for both series a tongue in cheek horror entertainment. I personally liked the idea and felt that some of battles and scenes were fun. I would take a Freddy Vs Jason II over the multiple remakes that ended up coming out later on. It was just missing Kane Hodder is the only thing.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 7 (1994)
Director: Wes Craven
Main Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Jeff Davis, Marianne Maddalena, Tracy Middendorf
Storyline: Freddy enters the real world on the set of the actual movie.
Review (Spoils): On the 10th anniversary of the original film the star Heather Langenkamp actually starts to see real life clues that Freddy Kruegar (Robert Englund) really does exist. Wes Craven decides to do another Nightmare on Elm street film and they all realise together that to defeat Freddy is Heather has to become the character Nancy yet again.
Okay first I will start with my god doing the whole movie within a movie thing rarely works why the hell did Wes Craven think it would! Second dear god Heather Langenkamp is painful enough in the series did you have to bring her back as herself to torment us more? The series already kind of went to shit and lost its serious horror business a few movies back but now it is just downright stupid. Sure we have claws marks, an annoying kid, dream sequences, sleeping pills, some slashing blood fun, long tongues and the classic furnace, the same old same old story.
Rating: I was excited when this first came out as I was like wow Wes Craven is back to bring this series back from the crazy storylines but I was soooo wrong. Not the worse in the series but a hell of a long shot from the best. Instead of New Nightmare they should have called this just plain old Nightmare.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 6 (1991)
Director: Rachel Talalay
Main Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Breckin Meyer, Tom Arnold, Roseanne Barr, Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper
Storyline: Freddy is back but this time he haunts the dreams of his daughter that we did not know existed.
Review (Spoils): Freddy (Robert Englund ) is back but this time we learn even more about this past. This time we learn about his relationship with his wife when he was the child killer and the daughter we did not know he had. His daughter Maggie Burroughs (Lisa Zane) is all grown up and runs a shelter for teens. She starts to see a trend in teens having nightmares and she is having them herself. She gets hooked up with the last surviving teen from Springfield and gets caught in the Freddy madness.
She learns and has flashbacks of her haunting childhood past of his father Freddy, the death of her mother and decides to take him on herself. We have a few teens that die at the hands of Freddy but overall the story is between his daughter and him. We have some cheesy videogame deaths, sliced ears, flashbacks of the kids, screeching on the blackboard which causes head explosions and Maggie running around in pigtails and nightie. Pretty very basic stuff and to the point that series has lost its edge.
Rating: We have the beautiful Lisa Zane and some neat guest appearances from Alice Cooper (Freddys dad), Tom Arnold, Roseanne Barr and a funny Johnny Depp part. Outside of those two items this movie really did suck. Freddy’s Dead is a neat title but it really should be call This Series is Dead.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 (1989)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Main Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Kelly Jo Minter, Erika Anderson, Danny Hassel
Storyline: Alice is back but this time Freddy is getting through to her from the dreams of her unborn child.
Review (Spoils): Alice (Lisa Wilcox) survived the last film and now Freddy (Robert Englund) is back but he is haunting her from the unborn child that sits in her womb. Yes that’s right through the baby. We get some history on Freddys mother and the rape that she had in the asylum and of course classic Freddy humor. In this mess of a script we have lots of slashing, dreams, truck wrecks, some cheesy A-Ha wannabe scenes, eating to death, 80s Guess jeans and the kid from Ratt’s Lay it Down video who plays Jacob the to be born child.
Robert Englund is back playing Freddy like he always does but this film really lacks on gore, scares and even a decent storyline. When I see Kelly Jo Minter I think “my god it’s the 80s!” this is a bad thing.
Rating: Ok I thought the second one was bad but this one might be worse. We got nothing here really except a really bad storyline and some very bad special effects. I sense this is where the series fell off the tracks and went down the tubes. It’s bad…trust me!
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 (1988)
Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Lisa Wilcox, Andras Jones, Tuesday Knight, Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman, Ken Sagoes
Storyline: Freddy returns yet again this time to put an end to the Dream Warriors.
Review (spoils): Freddy (Robert Englund) returns yet again from the dead (flaming dog piss) and wants the Dream Warriors from the last film dead. He takes on Joey (Rodney Eastman), Kincad (Ken Sagoes) and Kristen (Tuesday Knight) to make it even for what happen to him and his bones. Kristen in the film drags her awkward friend Alice (Lisa Wilcox) into a dream and now Freddy wants her dead too (nice friend). The storyline runs along the same as the last film with Freddy one liners and teenagers not wanting to sleep. Somehow Alice is gaining her friends abilities when they die and she takes Freddy on. She brings himself to see the reflection of his evil which realizes the souls trapped in his body to attack him.
The film was ok but there were some cheesiness’ that kind of hurt the film a bit. Number one why the hell is the Kristen character a new actress, the resurrection of Freddy has no real expiation, the collecting of people’s abilities was stupid, Alice and her brother are way too close (even for the 80s) and the karate crap….please help me. But the film did bring us one liners like “How this for a wet dream?”, the water bed death, the suck face death, roach motel death and glove attacking like a shark in the ocean. Robert Englund did a great performance in this film.
Rating: Not as great as the last one and it does start to become silly by this point. The acting is not as great but the special effects when the souls attack Freddy was a nice touch to a film that was becoming to comical to be scary. Not enough Dokken in this one either…. j/k
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 (1987)
Director: Chuck Russell
Main Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Patricia Arquette, Craig Wasson, Jennifer Rubbin, John Saxon, Ken Sagoes, Rodney Eastman
Storyline: Freddy Kruegar is back and this time he is haunting the dreams of teens from a mental hospital.
Review (Spoils): Freddy (Robert Englund ) is back and this time he is attacking the dreams of a bunch of teens that are in a mental hospital. Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is back as she is still being haunted by Freddy still. She feels she can help other children so she joins Dr. Gordon (Craig Wasson) to help the kids out. The teens range from suicide cases, drug addicts, rage freaks and the silent type. The one special case is Kristen (Patricia Arquette) who can tap people in and out of her dreams and nightmares. With her talent and Nancy’s help they battle Freddy together in a dream world. We also learn the truth of Freddy’s mother being a nun named Sister Amanda Kruegar who was raped by mental patience’s when she was younger and carried child from that experience (aka Freddy). In the end Freddy’s bones get finally laid to rest and the nightmares stop.
As corny as all this sounds the film holds some decide scenes such as the tricycle in blood, the T.V scene, the puppet scene, the needles on the glove, souls in Freddy’s chest, the bed above a flaming pit as someone is held to the bedpost by tongues and the beginning of the one liners coming from Freddy. This film is actually very entertaining and almost as good as the first film.
Rating: Crank out the Dokken as this film is not bad and one of the best of the series. The blood and gore is there and Freddy is funny as hell in this film. Sure the dream jumping can be cheesy but with such lines as “I said, “Where’s the fucking bourbon?” and “Welcome to the Prime Time Bitch” this is screaming classic Freddy also John Saxon is a horror icon!
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (1985)
Director: Jack Sholder
Main Stars: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler,
Storyline: Freddy is back and someone new moves into the old house on Elm Street. Freddy haunts the new teenage tenant in his nightmares to kill for him.
Review (Spoils): Seeing this film a long time ago I thought I would revisit it for the review. This movie is different than the others in the series. We have young Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) who moves into the old house on Elm Street from the first movie (along with his family). This movie plays on a number of things when it comes to Jesse, is he confused on his sexuality or is he just shy. The movie really does not go into this detail much but some of the scenes do make you believe that it is leaning towards the sexuality. But anyways he gets nagged by Freddy (Robert Englund ) and actually kind of gets possessed by him to do his bidding (such as slaying teenagers). We have Lisa (Kim Myers) who plays the cute redhead rich girl interested in the strange Jesse and helps him with his internal battle of Freddy. The film plays off the typical Freddy haunts, finger knife slashing, long green tongues and run away buses. The change in this film from the first one is Freddy is not seen as much and it seems Jesse is the killer and he is trying to deal with that. Sure we got some gore but the cool scene of the film was when Freddy cuts his way through Jesse’s body but outside of that the film was sort of flat.
Rating: Not sure if it was the lack of Freddy in the film or if it was just too different then the past one. This film just missed the mark. There was just too much time wasted on Jesse himself and just too much filler in the film with him and his friend Ron (Robert Rusler). The movie was lacking when it came to excitement plus there was too male nudity compare to female and we never did get to see Kim Myers! This is one of the more lacking films in the Nightmare series.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Director: Wes Craven
Main Stars: Heather Lagenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon
Storyline: Welcome to Elm Street once the home of a child killer named Freddy Krueger who was burnt to death by angry parents. Well Freddy is back and he is haunting the children’s dreams of the parents that killed him.
Review (Spoils): So we have the very beginning of the famous Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). This is a classic 80s horror movie and the villain is memorable with his stripped shirt and knife glove. The film is pretty decent and actually pretty gore for its time and being a more mainstream horror movie. We have the classic dragging bloody body bag of Tina (Amanda Wyss), lots of slashing, bed swallowing (yes I just said that) and blood barfing to the ceiling (Johnny Depp) and of course the glove in the bath tub scene.This movie is the must see for all horror fans this is the beginning of the nightmare series and it is the best one and most serious (well as serious as it can get). Wes Craven created a memorable character and the idea of being killed in your dreams is a cool concept. Robert Englund played the Freddy character as a sarcastic maniac perfectly and left an impression to last on the horror genre.
Ok so now for the downfall. Not sure why but the Nancy character (Heather Lagenkamp) drives me nuts, she hits a nerve on my system that just screams my god Freddy get her just to make her stop crying and whining. Even the look of her makes me want to slap her. Just terrible and to make it worse this isn’t the last of her!
Rating: Wes Craven and Robert Englund made aclassic film here and created a known series. Keep an eye on the connection between Evil Dead series and the Nightmare series starting with this movie into Evil Dead 2 (both Sami Raimi and Wes Craven do nods to each other back and forth). And remember when drinking your beer “One, two, Freddys coming for you Three, four, better lock your door Five, six, grab a crucifix Seven, eight, gunna stay up late Nine, ten, never sleep again”.