Halloween Havoc 2013 Day 31: Halloween (1978)

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I hate that I have to write 1978 after the title. Damn you, Rob Zombie! So it’s Halloween! A day where everyone is entitled to one good scare….and candy. Of course I chose to review the classic Halloween which was directed by John Carpenter. This film is simply a classic. There’s not much I can say about the film that hasn’t been already said. I actually had a unique experience with the film this year. I watched it in theaters for the first time. I didn’t think a classic like Halloween could get any better, but the theater experience proved me wrong. The film is amazing on the big screen. The darkness of the theater puts you right in the atmosphere of Halloween and the music is pumped up louder than usual. It’s surreal and awesome! Let’s talk about the film.

The Plot

Michael Myers killed his older sister when he was a young child. He did it because of a demon thorn cult. Oh wait, that’s not revealed until the sixth film. It’s best to ignore that one. Michael has been locked up in a sanitorium for a long time. I can’t remember how long. His doctor is Dr. Loomis played by Donald Pleasance. Loomis is my favorite character in the film. He constantly spouts off dialogue about how Michael is pure evil. You listen to everything he says and you eat it up. He’s the best. It’s too bad he had to end his career with Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers which I already said you can ignore unless you are a huge Paul Rudd fan. Of course Michael breaks out of the looney bin and goes back to his home town of Haddonfield. It’s there he starts to stalk teenagers. The three girls we follow are Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), Annie Brackett (not Danielle Harris), and Lynda (P. J. Soles). Michael Myers (William Shatner’s face) stalks the girls throughout the day. It’s really fun just listening to the characters talk about stupid stuff. It’s totally awesome. I should have counted how many times Lynda says totally. I’m sure someone has that number. This film is very suspenseful. The goofiness during the day sets you up for what is going to happen at night. Laurie has to babysit Tommy Doyle (sadly not a really young Paul Rudd) while Annie has to babysit Lindsay (I don’t really care to look up who played the kids). Tommy has a fear of the boogeyman. He constantly sees Michael walking around outside, but nobody believes him. I guess Laurie forgot the parts earlier in the film where she kept seeing Captain Kirk staring right at her. Annie sends Lindsay over to Laurie so she can go have sex with her boyfriend, Paul. She never makes it to Paul since Michael kills her. Lynda and her boyfriend, Bob, come over to the house. I’m not sure what Michael did with Annie’s body at this point. After a few shots of Lynda’s boobs, Michael kills her and Bob. Laurie gets worried after a phone call from a being strangled Lynda and decides to head over to the house. Meanwhile, Dr. Loomis is scaring children because he does that. He’s also giving lines about how Michael isn’t a man and he has the devil’s eyes. All normal stuff. Laurie gets to the house and finds her sister’s tombstone on the bed with Annie’s dead body lying there. Oh wait again! We don’t know Laurie is Michael’s sister in this one. Damn you Halloween II! Michael chases Laurie back to the Doyle house where they have their confrontation. Michael lumbers around and gets stabbed a few times with various items. He’s not a super efficient killer in the original. The kids run outside and Dr. Loomis heads into the house. He shoots Michael a few times and tells Laurie that is was indeed the boogeyman. He looks outside again and sees Michael’s body is gone. All we hear is breathing to end the film.

The characters

Dr. Loomis is the man. Everything he does in this film is gold. Jamie Lee Curtis is great as Laurie Strode. She brings a great energy to the film. She screams like a champ, and she has a great virginal quality to her that makes her the believable heroine. William Shatner was great at having a mask of him made to be Michael Myers. Michael is at his best in this film. His kills are suspenseful and scary. Not bloody and gory like later films. This is Michael at his peak. Everyone else does a fine job.

The kills and suspense

I already touched upon this, but the suspense of this film is great. Everything slowly builds to tht last half hour. It’s pure adrenaline rush. I’m totally into that last half hour. Nothing could peel my eyes away from the film. The deaths are all very simple. A stabbing and a strangulation here. It makes the film seem more real. It feels like this can happen in real life unlike later films in the series where you are left scratching your head. That’s this film’s greatest quality. It could happen in real life. Some nutcase could go crazy and kill for no reason.

Final Thoughts

A classic. I have to watch it every Halloween. Sometimes I watch it just when I want to watch a great film. I love everything about it. It’s my favorite Halloween film. It has great suspense and horror. Dr. Loomis is one of the best protagonists ever and Michael Myers is one of the greatest villains ever. You can have your Van Helsings and Dracula, but for me it will always be Dr. Loomis vs. Michael Myers. If you haven’t seen this film, you are doing yourself a disfavor. Go watch it and enjoy! Find it in a theater if you are lucky. It’s worth it. Make sure to check out my other reviews this month. There’s been some great film I have reviewed. I’ve also reviewed some total shit, but it was all worth it. Thanks for reading this Halloween. Have fun! Go scare someone!

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Halloween Havoc 2013 Day 30: The Invisible Man

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One day left until Halloween. I figured today would be another good day to watch a class Universal monster film. This time I went with The Invisible Man. It stars Claude Rains who was also in The Wolf Man as well as Gloria Stuart. She played the old lady in Titanic. She’s not quite as old here. Her father is played by Henry Travers who most people remember as Clarence in It’s a Wonderful Life. Today is a spoiler filled review so no running commentary. Let’s get right to it.

The Plot

Jack Griffin has made himself invisible. He stays at an inn to work on his experiment some more to become visible again. Jack is covered with bandages and has dark goggles on so we can’t tell he’s invisible. The people working at the inn become annoyed with Jack since he’s kind of a jerk. Jack starts to abuse the people working there a little bit so they get the police. This leads to one of the best scenes of the film where Jack reveals he’s an invisible. I love the cop named Jaffers. “He’s invisible.” He says it so nonchalantly. Jack escapes to Dr. Kemp’s place. He tells him of his plans to kill world leaders and stuff. According to Dr. Cranley (Henry Travers) a drug he used in his formula has altered his mind in a negative way. The perils of science. Dr. Kemp agrees to help Jack for a little bit, but he doesn’t like having him there. Dr. Cranley’s daughter (Gloria Stuart) is the romantic interest of Jack. It’s hard to see their relationship in this film though (pun intended). The police are hunting for Jack. I just realized that Gloria Stuart must have something for guys named Jack. Many attempts are made at Jack, but the police are pretty incompetent. Use your guns! Fools! Jack threatens to kill Dr. Kemp, so the police try to plan a trap for them. It doesn’t go well and Dr. Kemp is send down a hill in a car. Jack makes the mistake of sleeping in a barn where an old guy finds him. The cops surround the barn and light it on fire. It was snowing outside so they could see his tracks. They finally shoot him! He dies in the hospital telling Rose Dawson that he’ll never let go. Actually, he says he shouldn’t have tampered too much with science. He dies and becomes visible again. We finally get to see Claude Rains’ face!

Characters

This film actually has a lot of fun characters. Claude Rains is awesome as Jack, the Invisible Man. He has a high energy level, and all his little speeches are outstanding. He has a perfect voice for the part. I already mentioned that I liked Jaffers. Dr. Kemp and Dr. Cranley play their parts well. It was neat to see Henry Travers play something besides Clarence. There’s a really annoying woman that worked in the inn. Every time something happened she would scream. It’s so fucking annoying that it’s hilarious. What’s her problem haha. The Invisible Man should have killed her. He actually gets a pretty good body count during this film. I think they said he killed a hundred in a train crash.

Special Effects

They are amazing. This is 1933. Talkie films had just started only a few years before. The fact they could pull off so many great effects in 1933 is just mindboggling. I could be underestimating their talents. I often wondered throughout the film how they pulled off making him invisible. I know some scenes required wires and matte processes, but it’s cool to think about. I’m sure it’s a lot easier today with computers. Back then they had it rough, but they did it well.

Final Thoughts

This is an outstanding film. One of the best in the Universal catalog. Claude Rains performance really heightens the experience. I’m glad they didn’t go with Boris Karloff for this film. I love Karloff, but I don’t think he would have brought the energy that Rains did. I highly suggest checking out The Invisible Man. It’s on Netflix, so you people should watch it if you have that. Go buy the DVD or you have to as well. It’s worth it.

Halloween Havoc 2013 Day 29: Strippers vs. Werewolves

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I hinted at watching this film yesterday, and I figured I would deliver on watching it. I already watched Zombies vs. Strippers so this one should be a walk in the park. How different can it be than that one? I guess it all comes down to the differences between zombies and werewolves. I’m not expecting a classic like The Wolf Man. I’m expecting pure schlock. I am going back to the running commentary today. That means you can live through the horror of this film with me. Of course there will be spoilers. Play me my shitty movie, Netflix!

Seems like a lot of companies went into making this film. I’m never sure if that’s a good or bad thing. It’s 1984 and we are in Basildon. No clue where that is. A place just blew the fuck up with a werewolf howling. I did not expect that. Going into the title sequence now. Netflix is buffering. Grr. Damn you technology! It was right at the title too. BAHAHAHA. “Hungry Like a Wolf” is playing. Perfect. The illustrations during the title sequence are pretty cool. It’s 2011 now. I remember all the way back to 2011. Strippers! She has a sucker in her mouth. This guy is really getting into watching her. He was like convulsing. Oh shit! He’s transforming! She’s not really into her act now. She stabbed him with something. Not the sucker sadly.

The movie is telling me the character names for some reason. I guess there are characters named Jeanette, Harry, and Dani. Add Raven and Brandi to that list. I’ll probably forget their names anyways. We also have Franklin. He finds dead werewolf guy and the girl named Justice. Oh, she stabbed him with a pen. I guess these people are British. It did say they are in London. I wonder if the pen was made of silver. Well, that was the strip club. We are being introduced to werewolves now. Some guy named Richard is tied to a chair and he looks all beat up. These guys seem to be torturing him. The older guy shows Richard the foot of his wife. These guys aren’t very nice. Werewolves named Scott and Carlos are attacking. Did the guy miss with his gun shots or do they not hurt these werewolves? Another werewolf is named Barker. That’s an appropriate name. Carlos is wearing a Freddy Krueger sweater or something like that. It’s weird. Mean old guy is dead now. This pleases Ferris. It’s not his day off. Richard thinks they are there to help him. Too bad. They eat Richard.

Back to the strippers. This film like to be creative with the shots. It goes to split screen at times. It kinda bothers me. Jeanette said stuff to Franklin but I wasn’t paying attention. Carlos really loves being a werewolf. Ferris finds him annoying. Barker is apparently an idiot. Ferris and Scott seem like the smart ones. Jeanette and Franklin are cleaning up the dead werewolf. Ha. He died with a boner. Random shots of strippers doing pole work. Yes, this film does have nudity. Keep the children at home to watch this one. Franklin and Justice are trying to dispose of the body. One stripper saw the body and she’s traumatized. Jeanette compares it to the disaster in 1984 which was at the beginning of the film.

Carlos and Barker are watching some girl strip. Barker is annoying since he’s pretty stupid. Backstage stripper talk. Justice talks to Raven about Raven’s psychic boyfriend or whatever. We get a flashback of Raven talking to him. He doesn’t think he’s good enough for her. I guess he hunts monsters for a living. He has the Sam and Dean Winchester job. I guess they broke up. The split screen shots are so annoying. It’s creative, but it bothers me. Franklin is destroying that werewolf’s body for some reason. Oh no! A wolf is chasing a naked stripper. That damn Barker! The werewolves really get into their team spirit. Mickey is the name of the dead werewolf. That naked stripper was killed by the way.

I think this film is suffering from too many characters. We keep going back and forth between the stripper and werewolves for some reason. Franklin is bickering with the strippers while he puts the dead werewolf in his trunk. I guess Justice is dating Scott bringing the two worlds together. My god! This song playing during this driving scene is horrible. Still a little less than an hour left in this film. Yikes! There’s more happening, but nothing I feel like paying attention to at the moment. More boring crap. You know Zombies vs. Strippers didn’t kid around. It knew what it was. It went straight to the crap. This is just taking it way too slow. There’s a sex scene going on right now. Oh hey, the guy has a pentagram on his body like Larry Talbot in The Wolf Man. I told you that film always has an influence!

Yawn. More boredom. This movie sure is plagued by some bad camera work and annoying music. I think I have zoned out of the last twenty minutes I’ve watched. It’s not interesting! We are fifty minutes into the film and nothing has happened. Random fun fact: The actress, Sarah Douglas, who plays Jeanette was Ursa in Superman II. That’s a much better film than this one. That hunter guy is back. Umm, I still don’t care. I think this is the first running commentary where I stopped giving a shit about the film. Darn British people don’t know how to make fun stripper movies. So some strippers and werewolves have died here and there. Poor Robert Englund is in this film for some reason. I love me some Robert Englund, but why is he in this? I have to admit. He is stealing the show. I can’t look away when he’s onscreen. It makes me want to watch a Nightmare on Elm Street film instead though. I guess there’s some backstory with Tapper Englund and Jeanette Ursa. He thought she died in that explosion in 1984. I think Freddy Krueger is the alpha werewolf or something like that. I can’t believe Robert Englund is 66! He’s still the man!

I kinda forget which character is which at this point; I could have easily have been wrong about some of the character names earlier as well. More bad music and bad stripping scenes. The don’t even strip most of the time. What happened to Robert Englund? The strippers and werewolves are finally fighting now. For some reason they decided to put up a scorecard in case you didn’t know who was winning. Strippers jump out to an early lead. The wolves even up the score though. This fighting isn’t very exciting. Poor Jeanette sacrifices herself to kill Ferris. Another explosion just happened like it did at the beginning of the film. I wasn’t paying attention though. Looks like the strippers survived. I figured they would win. Oh wait! The strippers are all werewolves at the end. Hero werewolves!

Final Thoughts

I did not like this film at all. It’s way too slow. There’s not enough good action. It’s boring! No film called Strippers vs. Werewolves should be boring. It should be full of werewolves fighting strippers. Even when that did happen it was still boring. Best part of this film is Robert Englund. He’s always awesome. His one scene is the only things I recommend about this film. Don’t watch it. Watch Zombies vs. Strippers instead.

Halloween Havoc 2013 Day 28: The Wolf Man (1941)

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Going old school today. A good old fashioned Universal monster movie. I’m a big fan of the classics. The Wolf Man is no different. I’m happy that Netflix has it on the instant streaming. Someone needs to tell them to put Frankenstein on there already. The werewolf story is a classic tale about a man being bitten by a werewolf and then becoming one. It’s been done a shitload of times. A lot of them get their inspiration from the 1941 film. It’s influence is pretty apparent in most werewolf films. Maybe not Strippers vs. Werewolves but I don’t know. I’d have to watch that one to find out. Perhaps I will do that tomorrow. Let’s move into this review. Spoilers!!!!!!!

The Plot

Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) has returned home following his brother’s death. His father is Sir John Talbot (Claude Rains) and he’s a pretty wealthy guy. Larry starts to fall for a girl named Gwen. He becomes a peeping Tom and spies on her at one point. He actually admits this to her. I doubt George McFly ever did that in Back to the Future. Gwen is engaged, but that doesn’t stop Larry on his pursuit. He is a wolf haha. They go visit some gypsies with a friend named Jenny. She gets her fortune told by Bela Lugosi!!!! Bela is actually his name in this film too. I guess they were too lazy to give him a different name. He is sadly underused in this one. Larry kills him after Bela kills Jenny. It turns out Bela was a werewolf. He bit Larry. Bela’s mother, Maleva, tells Larry that he will become a werewolf. She’s a fortuneteller too. We see Larry transform from the foot up which is a suspenseful reveal to finally seeing him as a werewolf. He kills a man, and then the townspeople know they have a wolf to kill. Maleva saves his ass a few times which is good. Larry talks to Gwen and sees the pentagram on her hand. This means she will be his next victim. He warns her to stay away from him. He tells his father about being a werewolf. Sir John doesn’t really believe him but he ties him up to a chair for good measure. Larry eventually escapes and attacks Gwen. Sir John finds him and beats Larry with the same silver cane Larry killed poor Bela Lugosi with earlier in the film. I should also mention Larry bought the cane from Gwen before that. Sir John is shocked to see the werewolf turn back into Larry. He realizes what he has done. Maleva says a prayer for him. That’s nice of her. She did that for Bela Lugosi too. The townspeople didn’t see what happened so they figured Larry saved Gwen and then the wolf killed him. The End.

Characters

Lon Chaney Jr. is the heart of this film. I don’t think it would be nearly as good without him. For being a peeping Tom, he makes you root for him. There’s a sadness to him that’s really believable. He’s a very tragic character. There’s a reason he became iconic for this role, and it’s because of that he had to play this character a few more times. I’m sure those paychecks helped. As for everyone else, I really liked Maleva the gypsy lady. She brings a wise creepiness to the role. It’s fun watching Lon Chaney work off of her. Claude Rains put in a good performance as Sir Larry Talbot. He really shines in the latter half of the film when he has to talk with his son about the werewolf myth. Gwen is a good character too. Evelyn Ankers is pretty nice to look at, and she acts good too.

Special Effects

I like the Wolf Man effects. It’s always fun to see the superimposition of the hair slowly growing on the feet. That’s the first thing we see of the Wolf Man. It’s a slow build. We see the feet and then the camera rises up to show the rest of the body. I love the look. There sadly is no man to Wolf Man face transformation in this film. It is done in the reverse with Larry going back to being human. That’s still pretty cool. I love these effects for 1941. Stuff like this still works. Fuck your CGI.

Final Thoughts

A classic! It’s a movie I like the more I think about it. The performance by Lon Chaney Jr. will forever immortalize him in film history. This movie is the architect for all werewolf films. The effects are still fun to look at and the acting is good. It didn’t need any gore to be good. It relied on atmosphere and suspense. None of that jump scare shit. Universal knew how to make some classic movies in the 30s and 40s. This is one of the best. I highly recommend The Wolf Man.

Halloween Havoc 2013 Day 27: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

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Going back to my good friend named Jason Voorhees. I reviewed the sixth film in the Friday the 13th series at the beginning of the month. I decided to go back to Crystal Lake and watch Part VII. How does it compare to that one? I’ve seen this film a lot. I’m a big fan of the series, so this one has been watched a good deal of times. It marks the first appearance of Kane Hodder as Jason. We love Kane Hodder as Jason! Let’s get to the review.

The Plot

Jason is still stuck at the bottom of Lake Forest Green…oh it’s back to being Crystal Lake in this one. A girl named Tina is back at the lake after killing her father with her Carrie like powers when she was younger. This film has been called Carrie vs. Jason by some people. Tina has a psych doctor who is a complete asshole. His name is Dr. Crews. She meets a guy named Nick at the lake. He is there because there is supposed to be a birthday party for his cousin. A decent sized group are there to celebrate led by head bitch, Melissa. There’s some other characters like the nerd, black couple, glasses girl, fake redhead, swimming couple, and sleeping bag couple. They all die. The cousin dies first, so he never makes it to his birthday party. That’s a shame. Jason picks everyone off one by one. The final five are Tina, Nick, Melissa, and Dr. Crews. Dr. Crews actually causes Tina’s mom to die. He’s a dick. It’s great when Jason finally kills him. Melissa is such a bitch too that it’s hilarious when Jason axes her to the head and then tosses her over the television. The rest of the film is Tina using psychic powers to combat Jason. Poor Jason gets the fuck beaten out of him. It all ends up with Tina bringing her dad back to life to pull Jason back under the water. Jason just can’t get away from that damn lake!

The Characters

This film has a lot of characters I like. Tina and Nick are good characters. You actually root for both of them to survive. It helps that they become a couple. Melissa is a great bitch. She’s very entertaining. She spends a lot of the film hitting on Nick, but she never gets him. Dr. Crews is in the same boat. He’s a slimy asshole who only cares about himself. Too bad he doesn’t hit on Nick too lol. Both of their deaths are so worth it. Kane Hodder brings a lot to the table as Jason. He has the right mannerisms for the role, and it’s always fun watching him in the role. It’s just too bad he’s in arguably the four worst films in the franchise.

The Kills

This film has the classic sleeping bag kill where Jason picks up a sleeping bag and smashes it against a tree. It’s hilarious. Nothing else is super memorable. The MPAA neutered the hell out of this film. A lot of the good deaths had to be cut down because of too much blood or something. Damn the soccer moms back then! We enjoy it when Jason brutally kills someone!

Final Thoughts

I enjoy the film. It’s not in my top half of favorite Friday the 13th films, but there is a lot to enjoy. Jason has never looked better. His costume design is great. It looks like he’s been through hell. Part VIII misses the ball by not keeping that design. The lack of good kills because of the MPAA really hurts this film. The Carrie act is cool, but it gets tiresome after a bit. If you asked me to put a film in the franchise based on how watchable this one is. I’d rank it near the bottom. I still recommend it. It’s fun, but not as fun as other films in the franchise.

Halloween Havoc 2013 Day 26: Satan’s Little Helper

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The girlfriend and I just dived deep into the Netflix pool of horror movies and found Satan’s Little Helper. It stars Christopher Plummer’s daughter who is wondering what happened to her career. The film came out in 2004 for mixed reviews, and that’s the exact thing it got from us. We split on how we liked the film. I’m going to dive into it. No running commentary, but spoilers will be mentioned.

The Plot

So this young boy named Dougie is a big fan of this game called Satan’s Little Helper. He’s so obsessed that it’s pretty embarrassing. He even dresses up like the character in the game for Halloween. He also has this weird incest crush on his sister, Jenna, who is probably about 10 years older than him. She is rather attractive. She also has a new boyfriend named Alex. Dougie doesn’t like Alex because of his incest crush. He finds this guy running around in a weird Satan mask. The guy has been killing people. Dougie wants to work for him and have him kill Alex. Dougie thinks everything is a game throughout the movie. Satan is killing people, but Dougie thinks it is all fake. Alex gets knocked out by Satan for awhile. Satan pretends to be Alex and he torments the family. Satan doesn’t talk throughout the film. Dougie just makes him do shit like running over people in shopping carts. Dougie finally realizes that Satan is actually killing people when Satan kills his dad. Satan also kills Alex’s dad at one point. Alex returns and helps out Jenna and Dougie. Alex gets stupid too at one point and thinks his father is Satan. Satan gets the smart idea of putting his dead dad in his costume so they shoot him. They think it’s over at that point. Satan finds a new costume though. He’s dressed as Jesus Christ! This movie is really dumb! He finds the family again and they try to fight him off at their house. At some point he puts Alex into the Jesus costume and Jenna and her mom kill him. Jenna is sad about killing Alex, but thankfully a cop comes over to end the film! Too bad the cop is obviously Satan.

The Characters

All the characters are morons. Every last one of them. Dougie is a stupid kid. The parents are stupid. Well, the mom is more stupid since we don’t see much of the dad. Alex has his dumb moments thinking his dad was Satan. Jenna doesn’t have them quite as much, but she’s pretty dumb too. The smartest character is obviously Satan. He’s the most entertaining too. He doesn’t even have to say anything. His silly hand gestures are the best part of the film. He killed that cute little kitty though. I don’t like when cute kitties are killed!

Final Thoughts

I didn’t care for this one. Everything was too stupid. It had moments of entertainment like the shopping cart scene, and Satan just being hilarious. The film goes on way too long. It should have ended twenty minutes earlier. They didn’t need the Jesus costume part. I found it hilarious he switched to a Jesus costume, but the film was tiresome at that point. Best part of the film might have been Jenna in that wench costume. She looked good. My girlfriend enjoyed it. She agreed that it was too long. I wouldn’t recommend it. It might be more fun if you are drunk. I wasn’t so it sucked.

Halloween Havoc 2013 Day 25: A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors

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Going to party like its my birthday. I don’t party on my birthday. I’m lazy and I hate people. I gave myself a treat on my birthday and decided to review a film I’ve seen a lot. That would be the 3rd film in the Elm Street series. I needed a little Freddy Krueger in my Halloween month. Hell, I need Freddy in every month! Going to spoil the shit out of this film ahead.

The Plot

This one takes place a few years after the first film. The second film is ignored. This one brings back the characters of Nancy Thompson and her father played by Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon respectively. Wes Craven returns as the writer, but he doesn’t direct this one. So at this place called Westin Hills, the inhabitants of this care center are having bad dreams. They are being stalked by the evil Freddy Krueger because they are the last of the Elm Street children. This means their parents helped burn Freddy alive when he was still living. A doctor that almost looks like Bill Maher, but was really an alien on one of the Star Trek series becomes friends with Nancy since she now works at the psych ward. Nancy is able to connect better with the children since she knows what they have been going through. They have group sessions where they talk about their experiences. Freddy starts to kill a few of the kids. The best kill is Jennifer who he puts through the television. “Welcome to prime time, bitch!” Best Freddy line ever. The group sessions lead to everyone figuring out their dream powers. The main girl of the group is Kristin played by Patricia Arquette. She can bring other people into her dreams. During one session, Freddy kidnaps Joey (a horny mute kid) and he won’t let him wake up. This means that everyone has to dream to stop him. Also happening is Not Bill Maher is getting visits from this nun who tells him exposition about how a child was born in Westin Hills. A young nun was raped by a hundred maniacs. Not Bill Maher also has to convince Nancy’s drunk cop dad to help them kill Freddy. He reluctantly agrees and takes Not Bill Maher to a junkyard where they buried his bones. In the dream world, Freddy kills the Wizard Master kid and the druggie girl. It comes down to a final four basically with Nancy, Kristin, Kincaid (a very fun black man), and Joey. Freddy is kicking their butts when he has to possess his bones to kill Nancy’s dad. Freddy returns but Joey yells at him which is important since he’s been a mute. Lieutenant Thompson shows up in the dream to tell Nancy he’s gone to the other side, but it’s a trick by Freddy allowing him to kill her. He tries to kill Nancy, but Not Bill Maher throws some holy water on his bones and buries him. This defeated Freddy until Part IV. We also find out that nun was a ghost and Freddy’s mom.

The Characters and Acting

I really like all the characters in this film. That’s what makes this a great film. You actually like the characters. A lot of slasher films today you hate the characters. What’s the point in watching if I want all the people dead. The audience usually likes having people to root for so we get sad when they die. That happens a lot in this film. Everyone is very likable. The kid that’s the Wizard Master is great. He’s nerdy like me. I can relate. Nancy is just as good as she was in the first one. Patricia Arquette does an excellent job as Kristin. Laurence Fishburne is in this film. He doesn’t do much, but he’s effective. My favorite kid is Kincaid. He’s a badass motherfucker. I can’t help but root for him. The best person of all is Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. This is his best performance in any Elm Street movie. He brings the right kind of humor and horror to this one. His one liners are at their peak in this film. It’s a big change from the first two films, but it’s really effective here. It goes too over the top in the later films.

Special Effects

Many great special effects in this one. One that stands out is the claymation bit with Freddy then he grows to giant size. I love when he’s like the puppet master and he cuts the strings on one kid making it look like a suicide. The television kill is another great example. The Freddy worm is amazing. I’ve seen some behind the scenes work on how that was done. It’s pretty great. I like the junkyard scenes. Freddy’s lair in the dream realm is also great. The set design in this film is pretty fantastic.

Final Thoughts

This is easily my favorite of the Nightmare on Elm Street series. It blends the right type of horror and comedy. The characters are all enjoyable. Freddy is at his absolute best. This film just works where the other ones do not. I don’t think the first one holds up as well anymore. This one is the definitive movie in the series. I recommend it to all horror fans.

There’s also a kickass song for this film. Pure 80s gold! Dokken rules!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtR6IrvxeFs