Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

logoDirector: Renny Harlin

Writer: Brian Helgeland, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat (Screenplay) William Kotzwinkle, Brian Helgeland (Story) Wes Craven (Characters)

Starring: Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Andras Jones, Rodney Eastman, Tuesday Knight, Ken Sagoes, Brooke Bundy

 

Plot: Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Typical Franchise Sequel

 

Story: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master starts with Kristen (Parker) returning to here nightmare looking for Freddy Krueger (Englund). Kristen uses her powers to call the people into her dreams by calling for Joey (Eastman) and Kincaid (Sagoes) her old friends who thought off Freddy last time around.  Kristen has returned to school as if nothing has happened with her new boyfriend Rick (Jones) and his sister Alice (Wilcox) are trying to get on with everyday life again.

Kristen’s worst fears become a reality when Freddy does in fact come back from the bed and takes out here two dream warriors Joey and Kincaid, sending a message to Kristen. Kristen has become the last remaining victim in the revenge of Freddy but now he is free he can start targeting a new set of victims including the Johnson siblings. Alice starts to pick up the traits of all the latest victims which she has to use to help finish off Freddy, before he takes all her friends from her.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master continues the storyline idea where the previous leading lady is only returning to introduce the next lady who needs to fight Freddy. I was disappointed that we saw the demise of the idea of the dream warriors taking on Freddy because I thought that idea was clever, this time we get another twist on that idea where the summoning into dreams only helps fuel Freddy rather than fights him. I am also disappoint that we have no real reasoning for any of the three kids to be released from the hospital acting like nothing ever happened. I do also feel this is the one where Freddy finally started using the one liners we are all used to him saying when it comes to each kill. When you look at this story as a sequel it would be fair to say it is what you would expect not as good but not fully terrible. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Robert Englund: Freddy Krueger is our serial killer long thought dead but he returns to haunt Kristen and a new group of teenager’s dreams. This time he starts to crack on the wise cracking jokes before killing his victims. Robert brings the one liners we all know Freddy for in with this film but always looks like a scary threat on screen. (7/10)

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Tuesday Knight: Kristen Parker is returning to her normal life but never convinced Freddy is gone, she was right when Freddy starts taking out her dream warrior friends she has to save herself, her friends, only to fail because she is the person that brings Freddy into their lives giving Freddy a chance to increase his body count from beyond the grave. Tuesday steps into the role left by Patricia Arquette and you can see she is the back up because she doesn’t reach the same level of intensity need for the horror. (5/10)

 

Lisa Wilcox: Alice Johnson is Kristen’s best friend and also the sister of her boyfriend. She has moments where she blanks out of reality which will make her a good addition when it comes to fighting Freddy. Alice seems to gain the traits of her friends who get picked off by Freddy as he uses her to collect his latest victims. Lisa does a solid job taking over the leading lady role. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master brings back a couple of old characters only to kill them off early, we also get a group of wait for it generic teenagers who become the latest victims in Freddy’s rampage.

 

Director Review: Renny Harlin – Renny brings his own approach to the franchise which does slip on the last outing but isn’t as bad as the second one. It tries to build on the Freddy legacy more without giving away the biggest twist yet. (7/10)

 

Horror: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master loses a lot of its scare value on this outing because you feel every dream will bring a death and each one if foreshadowed. (4/10)

Thriller: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master hints heavily at a bring secret but doesn’t give it away, all while you are wondering what order the characters will be getting killed off. (7/10)

Settings: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master seems to keep the friends all in the same school and town but that seems to be the only iconic series locations we see. (5/10)
Special Effects
: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master still has great special effects with the kills and the appearance of Freddy. (9/10)

Suggestion: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is one to watch if you are a fan of the franchise, it will fit in nicely but as a one off horror it isn’t good enough. (Franchise Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The kills are very much over the top and creative.

Worst Part: Losing the dream warriors idea already.

Kill Of The Film: Debbie.

Favourite Quote: Freddy ‘How’s this for a wet dream?’

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 4th in franchise.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $50 Million

Budget: $7 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: The Name’s Krueger…FREDDY KRUEGER

Trivia: Highest grossing slasher film of the 1980s.

 

Overall: A solid sequel that won’t go down as a classic but the member of the franchise you will not moan about.

Rating 60

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Halloween Kingathon – Creepshow 2 (1987)

Banner-1logooDirector: Michael Gornick

Writer: George A Romero (Screenplay) Stephen King (Story)

Plot: Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Solid Short Horror Stories

Story Reviews

Old Chief Wood’nhead: This one starts with Ray Spruce, a small town shop owner who has himself a Native American, he along with his wife Martha who wants him to retire because the town has slowly started to become deserted. When the leader of the Native American Ben brings Ray his people’s treasure as a mark of respect to show they will pay their debts back, things take a turn when a group of thugs rob the shop and kill Ray and Martha. Seeing his owners murdered the statue comes to life to get revenge for the deaths of his masters. This is a typical revenge like story that takes a long time to build and is over way too quickly. (5/10)

The Raft: This story finds a group of college students on a trip away drinking and smoking weed, they are heading to this raft in the middle of a lake, what they find in this lake is a mysterious blob that devourers whatever it touches. This is one I do like because it goes straight into the action never being afraid to sacrifice character development as well as being gory as they come. (8/10)

The Hitchhiker: This final story follows a cheating wife who in a desperate race to get back to her home before her husband gets home hits a hitchhiker before driving off. The rest of her journey follows her questioning her morale compass as she decides if she should have stop before the ghost of the hitchhiker starting to haunt her. I like this non stop style along with the gore value being used throughout. (7/10)

Director Review: Michael Gornick Michael brings us a god group of horror stories. (6/10)

Horror: Creepshow 2 each story has its own style of horror which works very well for this film. (7/10)

Settings: Creepshow 2 uses the settings well that work for the horror style. (8/10)
Special Effects: Creepshow 2 has great effects for the kills with the ones from the Raft looking extra good. (9/10)

Suggestion: Creepshow 2 is one for the horror fans to try, it might not reach the same levels others can. (Horror Fans Try)

Best Part: The Raft effects.

Worst Part: First story is slightly slow.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one more sequel.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $14 Million

Budget: $3.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: When The Curtain Goes Up, The Terror Begins!

Overall: Solid addition to but never reaches the levels of the first one

Rating 55

Bloody Knuckles (2015)

knucklesDirector: Matt O’Mahoney

Writer: Matt O’Mahoney (Screenplay)

Starring: Adam Boys, Kasey Ryne Mazak, Gabrielle Giraud, Dwayne Bryshun, Steve Thackray, Tim Lok

Plot: Travis is an underground comic book artist with a penchant for the obscene. When one of his comics insults a Chinatown crime boss, the gangster punishes Travis by removing his drawing hand. A daunted Travis retreats into a life of alcoholic misery. That is, until his hand returns from the grave.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Different Revenge Film

Story: Bloody Knuckles starts with Leonard Fong’s (Mazak) product being banned in America after people start dying from it. We move over to meet Travis (Boys) a comic book author of Vulgarian Invasion who is just trying to get it rolling through reporter Amy (Giraud) who also happens to be covering a story involving the missing product.

When Leonard reads one of Travis comic books he takes instant insult to it and tracks him down cutting of his hand as a warning. When Travis’ life start to fall apart after this incident he gives up his work but his hand comes back to life trying to help him turn his life around by continuing his work, while Amy is investigating Mr Fong.

The hand decides to take revenge on the people who ruined Travis’ life leaving Travis the prime suspect for the ruthless gangsters to come after when they start turning up dead.

Bloody Knuckles brings us a revenge film that could have a comic book feeling about it all, with the idea of a created hero (the hand) and a villain being a gangster. It would be naive not to compare this to Idle Hands as it is the only film I know of that involves a severed hand going on a killing spree but this does take on the concept in a different direction. While I do think this all works really well as a revenge like film I do think it struggles on the horror side of the story. I do think this film has a lot of fun in it though.

Actor Review

Adam Boys: Travis is the comic book creator whose work gets him into trouble when local crime boss takes his hand. Giving up on his dreams he gets driven into returning to his art work and going on a revenge mission with his severed hand against the crime boss. Travis does a good job in this role having to keep a straight face through the scenes with the hand.

Kasey Ryne Mazak: Leonard Fong is the crime boss who sends messages to anyone who gets in his way but comes off as a good man in public light. Kasey does a good job in this villainous role.

Gabrielle Giraud: Amy is the reporter who is covering Travis’ work but also looking into Fong’s enterprise, she has a real April O’Neil vibe about her. Gabrielle does a good job in this role.

Support Cast: Bloody Knuckles has a supporting cast that is henchman all with different traits, we also have the other victims who all help in their own way to drive the motives of our heroes.

Director Review: Matt O’MahoneyMatt does give us a unique idea on a film that which mixes the comic book idea into a horror comedy.

Comedy: Bloody Knuckles has good laughs mostly from the supporting cast throughout.

Horror: Bloody Knuckles has small horror elements but doesn’t end up letting them all come out.

Settings: Bloody Knuckles has very genetic comic book group of settings which works for the idea created in the story.
Special Effects: Bloody Knuckles has good special effects to create the hand movement as well as the effects with the kills.

Suggestion: Bloody Knuckles is one for the horror fans to try as they might enjoy what they see. (Horror Fans Try)

Best Part: Final act.

Worst Part: Not enough Horror

Funniest Scene: Homo Dynamous

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Idle Hands

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Tagline: “Nobody has the right to not be offended.”

Overall: Smart idea with laughs and gore a plenty

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2015 Watched List Part 21

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch.

So without further ramblings here we go with 211 – 220:

  1. 10 Things I Hate About You
    10tlogo High school telling of the Shakespeare play Taming of the Shrew where one character has to pay another to date the stubborn sister of his dream girl. Personally this is one of my most watched and favourite films of all time with a mega cast including Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon Levitt.
  2. Star Wars New Hope logo The beginning of one of the biggest franchise films of all time. A brilliant opening chapter to the saga.
  3. Star Wars Empire Strikes Back logo The most popular chapter of the saga and I do wish Marvel would take the chapter with a villain actually coming out on top. Personally I find this the less entertaining of the trilogy.
  4. Star Wars Return of the Jedi logo The final chapter to the original saga that is easily the most fun even though many people see it as the weak leak in the saga.
  5. Survivor llogo When an expert analyst survivors an assassination attempt she must go on the run to prove not only her innocence but uncover a terrorist attack. This felt like it could be the next chapter in 24.
  6. Zombeavers logo A B-movie creature feature involving beavers that get too much radiation and turn into, yeah you got it zombie beavers. Though this wasn’t my cup of tea it does the job for the fans of the genre.
  7. Last Harbour logo A washed up police officer moves back to his home town to become the sheriff as he has to solve a new mystery of a missing lady. A solid but basic crime film.
  8. Lost River logo I watched this, I didn’t understand what the hell was going on.
  9. Taking Chances logo The mistake in the challenge as we follow a man who never takes chances trying to stand up for his small town. It was very basic comedy nothing special.
  10. Wild Things logoThis steamy thriller that has more twists than you could ever imagine in. this is one to check at at least once.

The Best – 10 Things I Hate About You10tlogo

The Worst – Lost Riverlogo