Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

logoDirector: Rachel Talalay

Writer: Michael De Luca (Screenplay) Rachel Talalay (Story) Wes Craven (Characters)

Starring: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Ricky Dean Logan, Breckin Meyer, Yaphett Kotto

 

Plot: Freddy Krueger returns once again to haunt both the dreams of his daughter and Springwood’s last surviving teenager.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Knowing It Has Gone On Too Long

 

Story: Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare starts by informing us that ten years from now I am guessing the year 2000, mysterious killings and suicides wipe out entire populations of children and teenagers, remaining adults are experiencing mass psychosis but there is new evidence of one surviving teenager. We do meet the last remaining teenager who is desperately trying to escape Freddy Krueger (Englund) but Freddy is using him to meet his newest victims.

Freddy sends the boy known only as John Doe (Greenblatt) to a new city where he gets taken to a youth centre. The centre has Doctor Maggie Burroughs (Zane) where she is treating Tracy (Deane), Carlos (Logan) and Spencer (Meyer). Maggie has to try to figure out what is wrong with our John Doe but only discovers a terrifying truth about her own nightmares.

Maggie seeing a chance to solve both the dream problems takes John Doe back to Springwood to face the reality only to be joined on the journey by Tracy, Carlos and Spencer. Arriving in Springwood they found out that not a single kid is at the town fair. What we learn is of the truth about Freddy but who will survive the latest battle against the dream hunter.

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare is the first one in the franchise that accepts that it has gone too far in the series, it never takes anything too serious but does actually have a serious side to the story. I know that sounds contradictable but it does sacrifice the scares for comedy level but yet again dives deeper into the Freddy Krueger origin story. I will give this story credit because it tries something different moving the story along because it was getting tiring seeing Freddy just coming back to take on a small group, with this he has taken out all of the kids and actually won in his revenge but he just needs new victims who haven’t heard about his legacy. In the end this film is tongue in cheek about the classic but it embraces this fact. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Robert Englund: Freddy Krueger is back once more and this time he wants more children to kill after he has taken all of the rest, but he ends up coming face to face with the one child he could never kill. Robert shows that he can handle the comedic side of Freddy with this performance. (7/10)

 freddy

Lisa Zane: Maggie is the Doctor trying to help the troubled youths and ends up taking them back to Springwood and the birthplace of Freddy Krueger only to discover she has a connection to the killer. Lisa does a solid job taking over the leading lady but sometime looks out of place in the scare scenes. (5/10)

 

Shon Greenblatt: John Doe is the stranger sent by Freddy to find new victims even if he doesn’t realise it. He is the last surviving teenager in the town where he was sent from and now he could have released the killer from his latest trap. Shon does a solid performance but doesn’t live up to previous characters in the series. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare has a supporting cast that includes the latest victims, yes that is all we are having yet again. They all do a solid job and end up meeting creative ends.

 

Director Review: Rachel Talalay – Rachel does a good job directing letting the film accept that it is going to be going in a different direction to previous encounters with Freddy. (7/10)

 

Comedy: Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare takes the horror into the comedy genre and gets good laughs with Freddy’s lines and kills. (7/10)

Horror: Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare continues to lose its horror to satisfy other genres here. (2/10)

Thriller: Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare doesn’t keep you guessing as much but does give you one question about who Freddy’s child is. (6/10)

Settings: Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare shows the effects of Freddy on Springwood which is effective for the settings because in previous films it still always looks fine like nothing happened. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare is part of the attempts to use 3D in film which don’t really come off but would have been good upon release. (6/10)

Suggestion: Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare is a franchise fan must watch but not a one off horror film to watch (Franchise Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Freddy’s origin story continued.

Worst Part: Even though I praise the comedy side, I think it is a shame the franchise has fallen into the comedy world.

Funniest Scene: Spencer and the Game

Kill Of The Film: Carlos

Favourite Quote: Freddy (while fighting Spencer on a video game) ‘great graphics’

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has only one more sequel

Post Credits Scene: Shows clips from previous outings through the credits.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $35 Million

Budget: $8.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: Evil has finally met its match.

Trivia: Peter Jackson’s original screenplay for Freddy’s Dead saw Freddy aging and growing weak within the dream world. The teens of Springwood would have drug-fuelled slumber parties for kicks, and enter the dream world to beat him up.

 

Overall: Freddy has turned into a comedic genius with his kills mixing the serial killer with Schwarzenegger.

Rating 60

Advertisements

Halloween Kingathon – Silver Bullet From Riley Central

Today we would like to thank Damien Riley of rileycentral.net for this review, let’s see what he tihnks
Banner-2
Silver Bullet: A Werewolf, Americana, and the 80’slogo

People in their teens and twenties might find it hard to believe that there were werewolf movies prior to “Twilight.” Probably the most outlandish of which is “An American Werewolf in London.” If you haven’t seen it yet, you should. It’s comedic irony in a horror film like no other film. “Silver Bullet” is another werewolf film that has been lost on a new generation. I was 10 in 1980 and watched whatever I could of Stephen king movies all through the decade. “Silver Bullet” is horror with an Americana feel to it. King created a solid story here that has stood the test of time for me. Watching it 30 years later, I still hid my eyes a few times, remember terrified sleepovers of my youth in front of the tv.

The plot is fairly simple but that works well for the film. A werewolf brings terror down on a smalltown American city. The protagonist is Marty, a paralyzed boy confined to a wheelchair. The other two main characters beside Marty are his sister and uncle. They don’t believe what he is telling them about the horror he sees. Along the way you get smalltown diners, 80’s decorated homes, picnics, and scary legends coming to life before your eyes. All people around my age must remember the motorcycle wheelchair. Yes, that was something to behold! Most all of King’s movies have somewhat of a sing song vibe to them, “The Shining” being an exception. I remember reading “The Stand” and “Firestarter” in high school and there were pages devoted to oldies tunes. King has a talent for making singsong wholesome images terrifying. Silver Bullet follows right along in that style of his.

A character worth noting is Marty’s uncle, played by the indefatigable Gary Busey. He is pure fun to watch on screen. When I see him in movies like this or “the Buddy Holly Story” I can’t help but wonder if the character was written just for him. He has an attitude in real life that shows through in most of his characters. When facing a werewolf, you definitely want Busey with you. In the interest of preventing spoilers I won’t go into too much plot detail. Suffice it to say, “Silver Bullet” is a well-crafted movie adapted from an amazing story by an established and world famous horror writer. It reminds me of the 80’s in its purity and innocence. Even though it is a bit singsong at times with its focus on an American town, it pulls no punches for being a frightening movie including clever effects. Every time I watch it I see something more. The werewolf movie genre may have evolved since the 80’s but we can always travel back and get a glimpse of what it was with “Silver Bullet.”

 

Halloween Kingathon – Silver Bullet (1985)

Banner-3logoDirector: Daniel Attias

Writer: Stephen King (Screenplay) Stephen King (Novel)

Starring: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim, Megan Follows, Robin Groves, Leon Russom, Terry O’Quinn

Plot: A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives Marty Coslaw, – a paralytic boy – his uncle and his sister – the narrator of the story.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Forgotten Werewolf Film

Story: Silver Bullet starts in a small town with narration explaining that we are going to learn about their long nightmare which started on a full moon. Tarker’ Mill is the small town in question where our Jane Coslaw (Follows) live with her family as well a narrates the story. Jane lives with her little handicapped brother Marty (Haim) and there parents Nan (Groves) and Bob (Russom), Jane and Marty have your typical sibling rivalry that is really pushing Jane’s patiences.

The town is under attacked from a werewolf but the residents are still trying to figure out what is going on. Marty looks up to his estranged drunk Uncle Red (Busey) who has been causing problems for years. When the body count continues to grow Marty teams up with sister Jane, Uncle Red and his new wheel chair the Silver Bullet to stop the werewolf terrorizing the town.

Silver Bullet brings us into a classic werewolf tale but most importantly it enters into the idea of the town really not knowing what it is attacking people while we did. I liked how the film flowed with our leading character Marty learning the truth rather than it being a complete battle from start to finish, I also like how it was investigating who the werewolf was as many films don’t touch that subject. I think this is one of the better forgotten werewolf films. (7/10)

Actor Review

Gary Busey: Uncle Red is considered a drunk by his family but is always looked up to by his nephew Marty. When the people of the town start getting picked off he works with Marty to figure out what is going on along with the newly created Silver Bullet. Gary gives a good performance in a role I don’t think many other people could have play this well. (7/10)

Everett McGill: Reverend Lowe is the prim suspect in the werewolf case and ends up involved in a cat and mouse like style against Mary. Everett makes for a good villain creepy throughout. (7/10)

Corey Haim: Marty Coslaw is the handicapped boy who starts questioning what is going on in his town while everyone else is involved in a witch hunt Marty starts investigating the idea of a creature being responsible. Corey does a good job as the determined young boy in a different look for a leading role. (7/10)

Megan Follows: Jane Coslaw is our narrator who is recounting her story about what happened where she has to suffer dealing with her young brother who never gets blamed for anything. She does end up helping her brother investigate who the werewolf was. Megan does a solid job in this role. (6/10)

Support Cast: Silver Bullet has a typical supporting cast with the highlight being the Sheriff played by Terry O’Quinn from Lost fame.

Director Review: Daniel Attias – Daniel gives us a good werewolf film that could be in the league with the very best. (7/10)

Horror: Silver Bullet brings us a good horror element film with the added werewolf story. (8/10)

Mystery: Silver Bullet gives the town the mystery of what is going on while giving us the mystery of who is the werewolf. (8/10)

Thriller: Silver Bullet keeps us guessing on how it will end and has a couple of very suspense filled scene. (8/10)

Settings: Silver Bullet keeps the setting in a small town showing just how close the community is when they have to fight back. (9/10)
Special Effects: Silver Bullet has good special effects for the time showing that transformation scenes are important in the genre. (9/10)

Suggestion: Silver Bullet is one to watch, I think a lot of people might have missed this and could enjoy this. (Watch)

Best Part: The chase scene.

Worst Part: Showing the werewolf too early to the audience.

Action Scene Of The Film: Silver Bullet versus the car.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $7 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline:  Part human. Part wolf. Total terror.

Overall: Good Werewolf film that many will have missed.

Rating 70

2015 Watched List Part 22

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 221 – 230:

  1. Safety Not GuaranteedlogWhen a journalist responds to an advert about going time travel wee follow them investigate the man behind the advert. This really is a charming indie gem from the director of Jurassic World.
  2. Jessabelle log This story follows a young lady who gets seriously hurt in a car crash leading her to have to move back home where the ghosts of her family’s past what something from her. A good horror film that will have you jumping in places.
  3. Vendetta logo When a cop’s wife gets killed by a gangster he finds a way to end up in jail with him so he can finally get revenge on him. Good prison action film with Dean Cain having his career kicked back into top gear.
  4. Ghost Busters logo We follow four men as they tackle the ghost problem in New York city. One of the best comedies of all time.
  5. Ghost Busters 2 logo The lacklustre sequel to the classic that ended any future film from the original Ghost Busters.
  6. Welcome to the Punch logo A crime thriller where a cop teams up with his number one target to expose the corruption from with in the Scotland Yard.
  7. The Purge Anarchy logo Returning to the world where all crime in legal for 12 hours this sequel is a huge improve on the idea that actually makes it interesting.
  8. The Rats logo A terrible creature feature when New York gets over run by rats a scientist must figure out a way to stop them.
  9. The Passenger – This follows a journalist who steals the identity of a dead man who happens to be an arms dealer. I found this a very boring film with Jack Nicholson leading the role.
  10. Arachnophobia logo This delightful horror comedy about a small town that gets over run with killer spiders.

The Best – Safety Not Guaranteedlog

The Worst – The Ratslogo