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A list of horror movies I have viewed. A page to keep myself organized, but also for my fans. I know you're out there! It's a work in progress increasing just about every day, so check back to see any more ratings!
Good: Good acting overall, bloody, suspenseful chase scenes, Bad: I haven't seen the original (yes I know this is disgraceful), writing and dialogue are pretty simple-but that isn't what we're here for.
I can't quite decide whether I would like to give this movie a 3 star or 3 1/2 star review, but I believe I will be sticking with the 3 star review. For an exploitation horror film this has surprisingly good acting. Especially by R. Lee Ermey, who plays Sheriff Hoyt, and the lead Jessica Biel, who plays Ein Hardesty. The movie is bloody, although compared to other modern horror films of the same genre it isn't anything awful. The chase scenes are very suspenseful, and were my favorite part of the movie. The chase scenes however don't really start up until the later part of the film.
Now I haven't seen the original, which I realize is really bad, however it is next up on my Netflix as I write. This version just happened to be on tv and I started it without realizing it was the remake. After watching the original I will return as it will most likely affect my review greatly. The writing and dialogue are pretty simple-but that isn't what we're here for. The film really did not rise above an average rating for me. I would suggest watching if you're a fan of the series, but I would not have this be the first film in the series you watch. My advice would be to watch the original first, then watch them in order. Worth watching if it is free.
Good: Introduced one of the most memorable villains ever, one of the best slasher movies, humor, Johnny Depp's first film, great violence, brings more supernatural pieces to slasher films. Bad: Nothing bad that isn't expected from a low budget slasher.
This is it, one of the best slasher films ever made, including one of the most memorable horror villains of all time. The last time I watched this film was a long time ago, but because it is so great I can remember much about it. The violence is great, along with the blood included. But this movie has many things that make it stand out compared to others. For starters his movie added a supernatural tinge to the genre, most of which at the time was based off of human serial killers. It also includes humor, which can always easily go hand in hand with horror. This is also Johnny Depp's first movie, and he has become one of my favorite actors today. There is nothing bad in this movie that shouldn't be expected by a low budget slasher movie.
Good: Adds some emotion to the series, some blood, actually really funny whether it meant to be or not. Bad: Some bad acting, this movie tries to do something different but it doesn't work very well and the concept with which Freddy resurrects himself is forgotten in the rest of the series, not scary at all, the people are stupid-and not just normal horror movie 'hey guys let's split up' stupid, but just plot hole stupid.
Trying something new with a series is always a good thing, and sometimes it works and sometimes it is a failure. In this installment of Nightmare on Elm Street it is not a complete failure, but is still pretty bad. Some more emotion is added to the series, with characters facing possibilities of insanity and love and whatnot, which allowed more sympathizing with the protagonists. There is some blood in the series, although not remotely as much compared to others in the series. The movie is really funny, in many instances I don't even think it meant to be funny. Like the scene where Jesse meets the gym teacher after school? And then in the shower scene with the towels? What is up with that? The acting in the movie is average at best, and some of it is really bad. Some of the scenes that involve Lisa Webber I found to just not seem all that real. It was her reactions of horror that didn't work most of all. So far in the rest of the series the way Freddy revives himself in this movie is not used anymore, implying that even the movie makers realized that this didn't work. I found the characters to be stupid to the point of annoyance. I am fine with the usual Friday the 13th style stupid of like 'Hey let's go party at this camp where 100 people died', or 'Hey let's split up!', but in this movie it is annoying. The father's theory of why a certain scene involving parakeets is so ridiculous, and then later the father is acting is contradicting himself in saying that nothing should really be done about it. It doesn't even make sense. A movie that is easily forgettable in this series, and so far the worst I've seen.
Good: Does what the 2nd film tried to do by trying something somewhat new- and this time it works while sticking to the classic slasher feel, some really creative deaths, the characters are more complex, there is more backstory added that really works with the series, some twists in the plotline, humor. Bad: I'm not sure how I feel about the whole "I have superpowers in my dream" thing, seems a bit silly.
After the extreme disappointment of watching Freddy's Revenge I figured the series would go downhill from there. But luckily I was wrong. This film did what the 2nd film tried to do and failed. They explored some new ideas within the series, but made it work with the classic slasher Nightmare on Elm Street feel. This installment adds even more supernatural things to the series, and also adds the ability to have a sort of superpower when you travel into Freddy's realm of dreams. I am not exactly sure how I feel about the superpower thing. While it is somewhat logical, and does give the humans a fighting chance, it seems a bit silly. Part 3 has many of my favorite deaths in the series, and also includes a good amount of Freddy humor, which makes the series so much more fun for me. The characters have more backstory added then usual, although they are still somewhat flat. The film adds more backstory to the creation of our villain, which makes it so much better. The plot features a few twists, one of which threw me completely off guard, something which does usually not happen. Compared to other sequels this one is near the top if not at it, a suggested watch for any horror fan that wishes to see the highlights of the Nightmare on Elm Street series.
Good: A few really good deaths, some good comedy moments from Freddy. Bad: Acting is quite bad from a good amount of the characters, wasn't a fan of the ending, just seems too silly.
As the Nightmare on Elm Street series goes I must say I am quite disappointed with how it is turning out. I was hoping that after the success of the third installment that the 4th could carry it on, but alas it did not. There were a few really good deaths that were memorable, which was one of the highlights of the film. The other respectable aspect of the film was the introduction of more Freddy humor, which I highly enjoyed. Black humor is one of the things that has always set Freddy's personality apart from other slashers, and I am glad to see that in this film they are utilizing it to its full extent.
On the other hand, the acting from many of the characters is quite bad in the film. This rings especially true in a scene with a one-liner, in which many of the actors just sound awkward. Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger and Lisa Wilcox as Alice were the two highlights of the acting. I wasn't a big fan of the ending, out of all things to make Freddy's weakness, THAT was there choice. The film just has a feel of being too silly on the whole, and not creepy/scary enough to really even compare remotely to the more well done installments. It seems as though it is becoming a brutal fairy tale, especially with the ending.
So far this is my least favorite in the series, and I would only suggest this to those that are a fan of the series. If you are looking for your first Nightmare on Elm Street film to watch, go see the original.
Good: Explores backstory more, good concept for how Freddy returns, acting is better than in the last film-but still sub-par, good Freddy humor. Bad: Bending rules already set forth by the earlier installments, I liked that they explored the backstory of Freddy's past until it got a bit too weird for the story, I didn't like the ending, not many deaths-and none are exciting, dialogue can awkward.
Just as I thought the series wasn't going to get worse with the last installment, it managed to. I liked the fact that they explored the backstory of Freddy's creation a bit more, although as the backstory became more effective to the current story I disliked it. For instance, TRIVIAL SPOILER AHEAD, why would baby Freddy appear so deformed, when we have seen an adult picture of him looking completely normal. It could be that this was dream world, and so he did not actually come out this way, but I believe it was meant to be taken as the literal world birth. A person from Freddy's past will come into play in this movie, no not the recurring main characters from the last film, and I don't like what happens with her near the end. I like the concept for how Freddy returns to terrorize the town. This film has some good moments of Freddy humor, which like I've detailed before I very much enjoy.
This movie is bending rules set forth by earlier movies it seems, for instance when Freddy can attack, and how the dream world can be entered. I did not like these changes. Freddy's past is explored a bit more, in particular his birth. I did not like how a person from his past is involved in the ending, especially when she tells Jacob what to do. I thought it was ridiculous to just shout out what to do at the moment that Jacob was attempting to surprise someone. Just the ending on the whole I found to be very dull. The acting, while better than in the fourth film, is still sub-par. The movie has few deaths, and none of them are memorable. They are, in fact, quite boring. The dialogue at multiple points is awkward for the actors to say and maybe should have been edited in some manner.
This is my last favorite in the series, if this will be your first film of the franchise, do not watch. Go see the original. To fans of the series, go ahead and watch, but prepared to be faced with bending rules, weird concepts, sub-par acting, few deaths, and awkward dialogue.
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