Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Main Stars: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo
Storyline: Some Vietnam vets bring back a contagious virus which makes you crave human flesh
Review (Spoils): Norman Hopper (John Saxon) has some terrible nightmare of the days back in Nam but the one that sticks out the most is when his partner John Morghen (Giovanni Lombardo) bit him. Years have passed but now they find out they are infected with a cannibal like disease which makes them crave human flesh. This leads to Morghen biting into a woman’s neck and the police tracking him down.
Lots of biting, dreams of eating raw meat, a crazy biker gang and police hold up and a cannibal outbreak in the hospital , that narrow downs the film. John Saxon is here also in all his sexy glory. Oh and one of the nastiest shotguns to the chest I have seen in awhile.
Rating: John Saxon rocks the horror screen on this one. He is an important part of horror movies of this era. Yes the storyline is weak but original and there is not much cannibalism as the title says. Think Dawn of the Dead meets a virus.
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!
Black Christmas (1974)
Director: Bob Clark
Main Stars: Oliva Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, John Saxon
Storyline: A sorority house of women is being stalked by a man who makes frightening calls and then slowly one by one murders them over the Christmas break.
Review (Spoils): When a stranger calls and freaks people out this is the film that I think top it’s off. We have a house full of women who are leaving for the Christmas holidays except for few left behind we have geeky Phyl (Andrea Martin), the drunk party girl Barb (Margot Kidder)and the beautiful and lovely Jess (Oliva Hussey). The film has lots of obscene phone calls to the house (the strange boy sound is great and eerie), the classic bag over the head, axe swings and the terrifying attic. Oliva Hussey steals the film when it came to acting in this film as she plays the innocent Jess who is secretly pregnant and her boyfriend Peter (Keir Dullea )does not like the idea of giving it up. Margot Kidder also did an amazing job playing up her character that might have resembled her real self at one time. The killer is film is just awesome and you can feel the crazy in his actions and the scene with the door and the eye is just classic.
Rating: This to me is the best Christmas horror film of all time and outside of that it is a great slasher film. Too bad it did not get the credit it deserves. Oliva Hussey is an amazing actress and it was too bad she did not continue to become a more important scream queen in the horror industry. Skip the remake and drink to this one!
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”.