Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – New Nightmare (1994)

logoDirector: Wes Craven

Writer: Wes Craven (Screenplay) Wes Craven (Characters)

Starring: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Miko Hughes, Wes Craven

 

Plot: A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fresh Prospective

 

Story: New Nightmare starts with the filming of the next Freddy film where Heather Langenkamp (Langenkamp) her partner Chase Porter (Newsom) and son Dylan (Hughes) are going to star but when the mechanical hand  breaks down and starts killing the crew we learn it was only a dream. The three are really just going through an Earthquake.

Heather is dealing with a stalker while trying to get her acting career back on track before getting haunting phone calls from Freddy. Heather gets to meet her fellow co-star Robert Englund (Englund) before being offered a chance to return for the next Nightmare film with the original director Wes Craven. When Dylan continues to act strange it becomes clear that not everything is safe when he uses his toy dinosaur for safety from a mysterious man trying to take him in his sleep. Meanwhile Chase is on route to home when Freddy takes him and we learn the truth that Freddy is trying to break into the real world. This brings the battle into a whole new dimension as we have to see the former stars of the franchise fight against the very much fictional killer or so they thought.

New Nightmare manages to take what looked like a dead franchise and breathe brand new life into it. The idea of bringing everything into the real world works brilliantly because we get to see the everyday problems of the stars and that Freddy was just a character in a film they made together. Another huge plus in this film is that the child been haunted by Freddy is actually only a child not a teenager which shows that Freddy will go after any aged person. On the bad side I didn’t like the idea that Freddy was a demon being killed every time a Nightmare on Elm Street killed him and now the franchise was over he wants to burst out. In the end this really is a great imaginative story that changes the way a franchise was going and should be used as an example to dying franchises. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Robert Englund: Freddy Krueger/Robert Englund, we see Robert playing himself a friendly good natured actor supporting the friends of the franchise. We also see him reprise the role as the serial killer but this time he wants to enter the real world through the actors he has killed in the franchise. Robert makes his Freddy the scariest too date in this film and seeing his normal look adds to the scare factor. (8/10)

 

Heather Langenkamp: Heather Langenkamp is the actress celebrating the tenth anniversary of Nightmare on Elm Street, she has her own family now but with fame comes its bad side, she has herself a stalker and to make matters worse Freddy is trying to break into the real world through her dreams. Heather does a good job as the leading lady playing herself taking on Freddy this time around. (7/10)

 

Miko Hughes: Dylan is Heather’s son who starts acting strange when Freddy starts using him to try and break into the real world. He is struggling with the loss of his father and seems to want to use a toy dinosaur as his defence against Freddy. Miko does a good job as the youngest person Freddy has taken on to date. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: New Nightmare is filled with cameo like performances from the stars of the original films, we also have plenty of doctors thinking they know best.

 

Director Review: Wes Craven – Wes returns to finishes his franchise with his first outing since the original one, he plays the game changer card giving this the award as best sequel in the franchise in the series. (8/10)

 

Horror: New Nightmare brings back the scare levels we want to see in a Freddy Krueger film and manages to make them feel fresh. (8/10)

Thriller: New Nightmare makes us guess right the way through about just what will happen next. (8/10)

Settings: New Nightmare brings the settings to LA where we see how the actors are getting haunted while trying to continue their careers. (8/10)
Special Effects
: New Nightmare still has solid effects but it would be fair to say certain ones have dated now. (5/10)

Suggestion: New Nightmare is the one film in the franchise you can go and watch and not wonder why you did after. (Franchise Fans Must Watch)

 

Best Part: The idea.

Worst Part: Freddy being a demon.

 

Believability: While the whole story is fictional the idea is to make us feel like it is real. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Last in the series

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $17 Million

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes

Tagline: On October 14th, terror no longer stops at the screen

Trivia: Director Wes Craven had intended to ask Johnny Depp to make an appearance as himself in the funeral scene. Craven never worked up the courage to ask him, but after the film’s release, they ran into each other. Craven asked Depp if he would have made an appearance in the movie and Depp said that he would have, and that Craven should have asked him.

 

Overall: Refreshing, Brave, Game Changer all words that could describe this outing of Freddy Krueger.

Rating 75

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Halloween Kingathon – Riding the Bullet (2004)

Banner-2logoDirector: Mick Garris

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

Starring: Jonathan Jackson, David Arquette, Cliff Robertson, Barbara Hershey, Erika Christensen, Barry W Levy

Plot: When a man finds out his mother is dying and tries to hitch-hike his way to the hospital, he is picked up by a stranger with a deadly secret.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Unchallenging Horror

Story: Riding the Bullet starts by showing our main character Alan growing up with his mother Jean (Hershey). With the credits over we meet art student Alan (Jackson) who has a fascination with death whose girlfriend Jessica (Christensen) is leaving him. This leads to a failed suicide attempt even though it was only a prank to throw a surprise birthday party.

Even though Jessica still leaves Alan she leave him with two tickets to Toronto rock concert to see John Lennon’s band but due to Alan’s mother having a stroke he has to return home to be with her. Alan has to hitch-hike back home where he relives moments of his childhood while being tested by the crazed George Staub (Arquette) who makes him pick his own life or his mother’s life.

Riding the Bullet plays out that a trip down memory lane with elements of horror while giving our character a real trip. The mix of flash backs works well but the needless false awakens get boring quickly because you give up caring about whether they will be shocking or not. I also feel this film never captures the full effects of horror leaving us stuck in the middle of genres and not sure if it will be a growing up film or a horror film. (5/10)

Actor Review

Jonathan Jackson: Alan Parker is the art student that hitch-hike homes to see his sick mother only to find himself facing up to his own demons as well as being tested by the ghost of a victim on of the road he is travelling along. Jonathan does a solid job in the role. (6/10)alan

David Arquette: George Staub starts off as a help driving picking up Alan but it soon becomes clear that he is in fact dead and haunting the road looking to collect souls and this time he puts Alan in the impossible position of having to pick himself or his mother. If anyone can play crazy it would be David and he does a god job in the role. (7/10)georgge

Support Cast: Riding the Bullet has a supporting cast that includes the people Alan meet on his journey as well as the friends from college, they all effects the thinking of Alan as the film unfolds.

Director Review: Mick GarrisMick is often the go to guy for Stephen King adaptation but I do feel this one is one of his weaker efforts. (6/10)

Horror: Riding the Bullet doesn’t reach the horror levels you would like to think it could have. (5/10)

Thriller: Riding the Bullet doesn’t really make you want know what happens and doesn’t pull you to the edge of your seat. (4/10)

Settings: Riding the Bullet keeps most of the settings along one road as Alan tries to find his way home. (7/10)

Suggestion: Riding the Bullet is one for the King fans to enjoy otherwise it could be one you miss. (King Fans Watch)

Best Part: David Arquette really stands out.

Worst Part: Too many dream sequences.

Scariest Scene: Under the hat

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: The dead travel fast

Overall: Road Trip with hallucination

Rating 55

Top 5 Favourite Ben Foster Roles

Ben Foster is easily one of my favourite actors in Hollywood today, he has the ability to almost any role in any film, he has plenty of supporting roles but lacks to many leading roles, but this could change when he plays Lance Armstrong in The Program later this year. Today I am going to pick my favourite five roles out of the 49 names to his name.

5. Matt Arnold – Big Trouble (2002)big trouble

This is a comedy that really was a flop in the box office and had an all-star cast, Matt is the son of one of the main character who ends up getting caught up in the middle of a robbery gone wrong.

4. Bower – Pandorum (2009)pandorum

Bower wakes on a spaceship halfway through the mission to reach a new planet, but something has gone wrong as he must search the ship to find out what is cause the problems in the first place. This is one of my favourite sci-fi of all time and it all comes off very nicely.

3. The Stranger – 30 Days of Nights (2007)stranger

The stranger walks into the town of Barrow with a warning that the vampires are coming, we don’t learn too much about this character only that he is sent as the messenger.

2. Charlie Prince – 3:10 to Yuma (2007)yuma

This remake western starring to heavyweight actors in Russell Crowe and Christian Bale shows the Foster makes a great supporting character actor as his shines next to them both.

1.       Mars – Hostage (2005)hostage

Mars is the strange member of the group of thieves who ends up having a very psychotic side to how he conducts himself. Mars is easily one of the scariest villains I have seen in action film in recent years.

New Release – The Hollow

the hollowFrom Acclaimed filmmaker Miles Doleac and Academy Award Winning producer Lisa Bruce (The Theory of Everything), The Hollow fixes on a team of F.B.I. agents as they arrive in a small town in Mississippi to investigate the death of a U.S. congressman’s daughter in a mysterious triple homicide.

The ensemble cast includes James Callis (TV’s Battlestar Galactica, TV’s Eureka), Christiane Seidel (Boardwalk Empire), William Sadler (TV’s Hawaii Five-0, Machete Kills), William Forsythe (TV’s Boardwalk Empire, Halloween) and Jeff Fahey (TV’s Lost, TV’s From Dusk Till Dawn : The Series).