The Darkness


Image result for The Darkness Movie 20162016   PG-13  Horror Thriller    1:32    Kevin Bacon,   Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz ,  Ming Na Wen, Jennifer Morrison    (IMDB)

 

This was supposedly based on real life events. A malignant spirit  returns with the Taylor family who was vacationing at the Grand Canyon where their autistic son Mike  finds some stones with Native pictographs on them.

Soon after the family returns home  there are some odd occurrences  and their daughter gets ‘sick’. The son sees someone or something he calls Jenny, and of course as usual the un-explainable things escalate

I will give it one thing where I would think to be no suspense there was a bit there, though it was  not to the point of intensity you want to scream or jump if there’s a loud noise. So for that I add a a few points but minus a bunch on the whole native legend part (its something that is over used, that it feels more aImage result for The Darkness Movie 2016 cop out and If a story is based on a building built on a Native Burial ground or some sort of sacred ground, then  it’s just cookie cutter… change the characters names, the setting and they are basically all the same)

Another thing I will give it a points boost for, I don’t remember ever seeing an autistic child portrayed in a movie. Also I thought they didn’t speak,(or very rarely)  but then I met someone that was and he spoke fairly well.

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Classic Cuts ~ Nightmare On Elm Street


So Syfy channel had a TGI-Freddy Marathon on Friday the 13th (may 2016) and I made it a point to watch.

I thought while doing so I’d work on one of my new ‘columns’ called ‘Classic Cuts’  (well the title is best for slasher movies like this)  which reviews an entire franchise in this case, Brand (Marvel)  or stand alone film (like Goonies)  so

Whatever You do, don’t fall asleep

-Nancy

and WELCOME to nightmare_on_elm_street15

This is one of my favorite franchises, plus I lived one street over from Elm as a kid. I did however wonder why they weren’t doing a Friday the 13th marathon? But I thought why not do an over view of the series!

New line Cinema presents ….

A Nightmare on Elm Street 

 1984      screen play written by Wes Craven (RIP)     90- minutes      Rated R

 Horror, Slasher  stars   Heather Langenkamp , Robert Englund, John Saxon, Johnny Depp

 

Image result for a nightmare on Elm stI think because of the first and maybe second movies I was never comfortable with unfinished basements, the one that was in the house I grew up in (the street over from Elm) well it was a big basement from what I remember. I remember the big water heater and the one thing I hated was if we had to change a blown fuse, we had to pass by it. There were a few times I was tempted to go over to it and try to look in it, but the basement would spook me out.

I don’t know who he is but he’s burned, wears a red & green sweater , this funny hat and knives like fingernails 

-Nancy

 I think one of the great things about the movie was it came with that morbid, haunting nursery rhyme of 1…2.. Freddy’s coming for you.  Of the series I think the first and their movies were the best. They are at least my favorites. I like how in the first he’s scary and serious then in the 3rd he starts  to become somewhat a comedian! The 2nd in the series well as my friend Rich would say  “belongs in the bog of eternal stench”

With the poor 2010 update (remake/reboot..whatever you want to catalog it as) That combined with original and some of the sequel’s storylines, still couldn’t help it, but then  they ruined all the best parts  of the original movie like Johnny Depp’s Character Glenn’s death.

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Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

1985   R    87 minutes    Robert Englund   Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler

After this bomb I’m surprised there was even a 3rd movie, but thankfully there was and much improved from this.  I like the sort of literal Highway to hell, sadly they couldn’t have at least got permission to use some of the song. Honestly I think this should have been called ‘The Possession’ as frankly Freddy is getting revenge in all the movies, including the first isn’t he? So the title to me doesn’t work (although yes I know they didn’t know there would be so many sequels).

The girl that plays Lisa, for some reason I always thought she looked like (or at least for some reason  reminded me of the) singer Tiffany.

“You’ve got the Body, I’ve got the brains”

So what is it with this story or the movie that gets a bad rap? Honestly when they don’t show this in a marathon of the series, I’m happy (though I do bitch about a ‘marathon’ being the WHOLE series not just 1 3 & 4 (esp. when they play them out of order)  Could it be the homosexual undertones? Is it the acting, or just the story itself?

F

Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Dream Warriors

1987  Patricia Arquette, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Rodney Eastman, Jennifer Rubin, Laurence Fishburne

Wasn’t Nancy’s grey streak on the other side of her head in the original film? The series’ even the crappy sequels like Freddy’s Revenge, the 3-D Freddy’s Dead and the not as bad (at least to me) meta sequel New Nightmare are still quite high on the re-watch list and worth adding to your video library. (although not sure on the 3-d one… I think that might be worse than part 2, but Freddy’s Dead wasn’t shown during this marathon.. so I just might be right on that!

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  -Freddy

A favorite part is ‘Puppet master’ Freddy, the ‘strings’ FX could use some updating!  I believe this may be a fan favorite because of all the memorable quotes. It could also be the alter egos or the cool death scenes.  You had the snarky Kinkaid and the sweet (but pervy) Joey,  Badass Taryn, and Nerdy Will the Wizard Master…

I think this one is a fan favorite because it was so quoteable. While the original was very dark this is a bit brighter but then, that could just be the lights of the mental ward This is one of the originals movies I WOULD like to see remade but as is, just to update the make-up and special FX (like puppet phillip’s ‘strings’)

B

 

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Nightmare on Elm St. 4: Dream Masters

1988  R   Tuesday Knight, Andras Jones, Danny Hassel, Lisa Wilcox  

So we have the last 3 of the true Elm street kids only Patricia Arquette is replaced by Tuesday Knight..(cool freaking name).

I had (and I guess you can say still do) have a big crush on Joey (the character not the actor)  and a guilty pleasure … (If you see me on the street I likely won’t admit this but) I actually like the cheesy pop rock  music in this! (Though I still think heavy metal and horror go best together!)

How sweet, fresh meat

Alice is a full on daydreamer, her brother Rick is a funny guy no wonder Kristen is dating him, Dan the hunky jock Alice is oggling  and their nerd friend and the big haired one (classic for late 80s and much of the 90s) I didn’t catch their names.

Because Kristen can bring people into her dreams, Joey and Kinkaid get pissed at her for ‘waking’ them up into her’s and because of it think she’s just going to bring him back. Sadly there are soon no more Elm street kids but thanks to Kristen who brings Alice into her last nightmare, and would be the worst person to get Kristen’s power gets them. So now, no one is safe!

C

Freddy’s Nightmares  tv series  ran from 1988-1990

I don’t recall how long each episode was half hour or a full hour,but I have been trying to find a full episode. Sadly so far I have not but here’s a promo video (from various countries) Did I see Brad Pitt in there somewhere? (maybe it was a different video)

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Nightmare on Elm St.4 : Dream Child


If you are not able to read the rhyme, click the pic

1989   89 minutes     Lisa Wilcox   Danny Hassel    Kelly Jo Minter  Erika Anderson  Joe Seely   

Although the movies are still quite rewatchable, even if (some of) the make-up and special FX are dated. My favorite part of this is Dan’s ‘waking’ nightmare with all the pun-ish one liners Freddy slings like “Fuel injection” sounding like an arcade game. Another one is the comic book guy. I don’t remember this poster when it was coming out, the ons I do remember i think all had a baby carriage in it, so I used this one cause I thought it was funny with a Preggers Freddy

man syfy was really constantly I think for 2-3 months doing Nightmare on Elm st. Marathons and I caught this again before something else I wanted to see was coming on. I noticed I think they may have messed with Freddy’s origins, unless because I was tired from my day just didn’t get it. The scene I speak of is when Alice see Amanda Kreuger give birth to Freddy as a lumpy headed looks like Jason Vorhees without the mask creature. I’m not sure if this was just Freddy messing around bringing Mom back to birth him again or if they were trying to change up the the origin story.

I was never really big on this addition to the series    C-

A Nightmare on Elm Street(1989) (Video Game)  

I need to find out what system this was available on… and now wonder if it was the reason the next movie had a gamer in it.

do we get to see a slice of the actual game in the upcoming? (No idea)

(this is the PC version of the game)            if you are a collector… you can find a NINTENDO version on amazon

and the Nintendo NES version (but not sure if it’s the same year)  to me looks like a cross between Super mario Brothers and Donkey Kong

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare

1991   Lisa Zane, Breckin Meyer  Tom Arnold, Rosanne Barr 

They didn’t include this in the marathon I mentioned but as I said, i’d do an overview of the franchise

With he corny 3-d there’s only one part I remember somewhat clearly, and that’s the gamer (Breckin Meyer I think) that becomes part of the video game. Another part I can remember is one of the characters using 3-D glasses in the movie and that’s all.  Here’s some appreciation one fan shows for the movie; in-defense-of-freddys-dead-the-final-nightmare/ putting it that way, I can appreciate it a bit more. It still sucks though

F

Maybe NOT so FInal!

New Nightmare 

1994  written by Wes Craven stars  Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp,  Wes Craven

I’m not sure if this was intended to celebrate it, but I see it as a 10 year anniversary of the series. The meta sequel has its good and bad moments  but I can’t recall how fans took it when it came out; or if I saw it in the theater or not. (Depending on when it came out I may or may not have been aloud in to see it, but would be the only one I might have been able to see when it was originally released in the theater. I do like the meta angle, of it, as it’s different and movies usually don’t do that.

C-

 

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Freddy vs Jason

Freddy vs. Jason:

not sure if this was fan made, but I liked this better than the others I saw

2003  Robert Englund Ken Kirzinger Monica Keena   Katharine Isabelle  Jason Ritter, Kelly Rowland

In this smack down (which I’m sure in a sense paved the way for the superhero match -ups of 2016) Freddy isn’t even a memory as the town has covered up everything relating to Freddy’s existence.  Birth & death certificates and other records are removed, Obituaries redacted, any teens who have had nightmares are quarantined in the asylum not calls in or out same with visitors and they are drugged with that same experimental drug from Dream Warriors  that keeps them from dreaming.

Instead of committing  them all, why not just give ALL the kids in the town a prescription for it?

Freddy uses Jason as a sypher (I guess you could say) to get to the kids because he’s weak  as no one believes in him anymore. Once however Freddy is on the path to coming back, Jason keeps killing the kids and Freddy is not always able to take what he needs to come back.

Gotta love the stoner having gone down the Rabbit hole… Order or watch on Amazon

 C

A nightmare on Elm St.: Real Nightmares

2005 tv series   IMDB

I have no recollection of this being on or ever hearing about it. I will have to see if I can find disks on netflix or another way to give a few of the episodes a watch. Looked on Amazon to see if there were any DVDs or way of watching but sadly nothing comes up other than a season of (syfy’s) Paranormal Witness and some memorabilia

 

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include this in the series info or after the 2010 update…. I think it fits in better with the series info.

 

This is both a book and a video release you can find the review and links to order in the series info at the end, meanwhile here is a review for the book.

A Nightmare on Elm street  (2010) nightmare_on_elm_street_ 2010 ver2_xlg

2010     UPDATE  Jackie Earl Haley, Thomas Dekker, Katie Cassidy, Connie Britton & Kellan Lutz

Frankly this update merges the events of the original 2 movies, but is certainly not a remake as some things are done differently not to mention not in the same order as the others. I will say that was the only way this movie was good (& Kellan Lutz.. even when the guy is supposed to look like he’s been to hell and back he’s hot..come on!)
Kellan Lutz nightmareOf course Horror/Slasher cliche #1… the hottie dies first  and during as well after watching this Blasphemous  update I was ready to enter the nightmares of the creators and whoever’s idea it was to start the series again as well as whoever greenlit it.!

The part when Freddy comes to form through the wall…looks so crappy in CGI, compared to the practical effect in the original.

Even the ‘framed’ boyfriend part of Robert Rustler’s is tweeked instead of being shredded on the ceiling Cassidy’s character looks more like she’s having an epileptic seizure and certainly not as much blood as on the walls and ceiling as the 1st death (Tina) in the original

The scenes as mentioned are not actually in the order they were in and to be a remake, what I call the ‘tribute’ scImage result for Nightmare On Elm Street Alice Cooperenes those iconic scenes from the original film (Like Johnny Depp’s) have to be in there not to mention same order and same way…this one… they flubbed the way Depp’s Death was… and that was a BIG F*** up to me. That was THE BEST Death ever and it doesn’t even look like blood, it looks like black sludge.

Oh and funny that, I was going to make a snarky remark in part 3 about Joey’s “How’s this for a wet dream” and how it’s the reverse of Johnny Depp’s Glenn’s  Blood Volcano…In this one it’s sort of the 2 together.

Oh and we have a cameo of the Shock Rocker Alice Cooper as Freddy’s Dad

To me it just makes more of a darker (not actually bad) parody of the originals but the way they did it just sacrilege!  They should all be strung up by their fingers and toes and slashed with a fountain pen.                D

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RIPT T-shirts, the creator of awesome horror movie tees, wants to take you back through the life of Freddy Krueger with a walk down Elm Street: Rated R     FAQs via IMDB

Rewatchability 95%

there’s also my Nightmare near my Street hub  With trailers or clips of each of the movies, as well as my own ‘nightmare’


Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

2010        Doumentary     Heather Langenkamp, Wes Craven, Robert Englund

In the documentary the cast talks about scenes, FX and so on. I’m not a documentary person but this was worth a watch for any fan!

you can order the legacy documentary video here 

The book, you can check out on Amazon, they have the option to look through some of it. There’s some pictures and a variety of information.

 

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as for this Infograph, I thinkthere are some kills missing, but will have to take care of that the next time I watch a marathon. (and I’ll add that information to each of my reviews.

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Kindred: The Embraced


Complete Vampire Collection Disk #2 (via    1996 4 episodes (4 hours)

C. Thomas Howell, Mark Frankel, Channon Roe,Kelly Rutherford

This was recommended to me by a friend in England. I rented it from Netflix on DVD sadly, they only had disk 2.

When I first herd the title of this I thought of the role playing game, Vampire The Masquerade but so far have not heard one mention to it or anything similar (not that I played but at least knew of it and little about it)

5 secret vampire clans who clash among themselves and mortals battle to rule San Francisco. The leader ‘Prince of the city’ Julian Luna (that sounds more like a werewolf surname than vampire) fights to keep his title.

The first episode was Live Hard, Die Young and Leave a good looking corpse

Ivan Sergei guest stars as some rock star named Zane and my Lost Boys addled mind sees way too many similarities between this episode and the movie. He sort of reminds me of a cross between Lost Boys  Jason Patrick’s character Michael Emerson and Queen of the Damned’s Stuart Townsend. (Only I think Townsend portrayed the rockstar image better) Wait did he just mention something about Jim Morrison? What the hell? Why does he always seem to be mentioned in or is somehow portrayed as a vampire? (Hello Queen of the Damned, The big Poster of Morrison in Lost Boys…Might have to look into that more)

Zane turns some girl against her will which threatens ‘The masquerade’  well there it is! definitely based on the RPG! But there ARE more than 5 clans in the game. There’s some clan name dropping (Toredor,Ventrue, Bruja) And they drop names Morrison, Cobaine (really Kurt Cobaine as a vampire?? I’ll have to ponder that a bit, yeah I guess he had the looks for it)

Humans seeem to know about them, or at least the cop. Channon Roe who plays Cash from the Gangrel clan looks more wolfish than vampire to me. Regardless he’s pegged to be a supernatural character as he already played a dark lighter in the (original) Charmed series (yes word is they are rebooting that too! but will be a prequel set in 1976)

Another few episodes..

The Rise and Fall of Eddie Fiori – The leader of the Bruja tries to take over the Masqurade

Bad Moon Rising – a member of Nosfratu clan steals a human’s baby for a ritual to regain their powers

Cabin in the Woods- The Prince of vampires goes with his reporter girlfriend to some cabin, she ends up finding out about the surpernatural world.

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Notes:  Asimites are chemeleons or shape shifters    Toredor are the artists

 

You can find more about Vampires here   (and I am trying to work on something for the RPG as well)

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& The Kindred The Embraced Wiki

 

 

 

 

 

 

Demons (tv)


2009  TV   Crackle (app)  English Mini series .. Christian Cooke ,Holliday Grainger, Zoë Tapper,Philip Glenister         IMDBpage

Luke is a teen or college student and comes to find out he’s the last Van Helsing. No not as in Stoker’s version but the real deal.

I like the theme song, it’s a bit catchy but not as much as the one for Buffy the vampire slayer which this is somewhat that premise. There’s less of a ‘scooby-gang’ though you could say there’s a ‘Giles’ (which was her Watcher)

Philip Glenister plays the would be ‘Giles’ (almost looks like him) Rupert Galvin who knew Luke’s dad, and has watched over Luke through the years. He’s the one that will train him though he and Mina (Zoe Tapper) keep too much from him. No Luke doesn’t help much as he goes to school, and tries to keep his social life.

Mina is blind but somehow find the books to research etc. Luke and Ruby have been friends since grade 4  and she is does or is starting to fancy him as more so. She’s the only one that learns of his Slayer secret.

In this they call the supernatural beings ‘Half-lifes’  and you ” just grade and smite them”. For instance i the episode ‘Suckers ‘ yep you guessed it, Vampires they are a type 12 (on and man is the master AWFUL at bowling) Oh and that ‘Zippy’ character won’t ruin it. but I was cracking up.

Also we get a little bit of Shakespearian Insults (well sort of) Galvin calling (I think it was) Thrip a ‘Festering plug of Drain slime”  honestly I wish more shows and movies had insults like that. (at least that way you don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the insult.

C

Exorcist (tv)


2016     Fox   Horror Thriller

Geena Davis,Alfonso Herrera,Ben Daniels,Hannah Kasulka,Brianne Howey,Alan Ruck

 

I am lacking in what to say about this. I’ve watched 3 or 4 episodes now (if not more) and like the movie I guess this is a slow burn, either that or its actual crap.

I don’t find any characters to be likable except the girl that is possessed when she’s a being rude or evil. So far unlike other movie to tv series (ahem lethal weapon) this one is at the bottom and not even at the basement level more like subbasement, (for now)

so far the only thing worth watching for is how they can push the shock boundaries and grosss outs. I don’t think I would be surprised if it gets canceled but will if  it gets another season. Geena Davis is almost forgetful as the possessed girl’s mother, however I do feel like she’s hiding something, which  is reveled I thnk in the 5th or 6th episode.

 The gore and violence of the end of the 2nd or 3rd episode on the train, I was surprised they got away with on fox!!

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The Hallow


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Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton

 

We start in a beauitfuly creepy  wooded area. A conservationist and his family move to a secluded Mill House in Ireland. Upon surveying some of the forest’s trees, he happens upon some ruins, which holds a deer carcass. He he finds some black gooey tar looking substance.

Hallow be their name

and blessed be their claim

If you who trespass put down roots

Then Hallow be your name

-The book of Invasions C.1150

The forest belongs to the Hallow, the Fae (like fairies, banshees) or as some have called them, baby stealers. They take your child and leave a changeling in it’s place. This looks just like your child, but there are some ways to tell them apart.

 

It was a different story of sort, at least this is one of a few  if any I’ve seen to do with the fae. I do like watching foreign films, especially more so when I don’t have to read subtitles! (and no, I don’t like the english dubbing) So this I enjoyed in that sense. Also it was spooky and errie which is good, I don’t say that often enough about a movie. Not enough of movies have the air of what they are supposed to be portraying.

There’s not much I can say lest I ruin the whole thing. Remember unlike American Horror movies that usually get to the point, or try to force that sense of fear, horror etc upon you; Foreign movies build up they are more story oriented than big thrills.

C

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The Conjuring 2


2016      R       2 hours   Patrick Wilson,Vera Farminga, Frances O’Connor, Franka Potente,Maria Doyle Kennedy

Zi Approved MOVIE

Grab the popcorn and candy, Turn off the lights, pull the shades and and get comfy for a veritable spook~

We open in 1976 while Ed & Lorraine Warren are investigating the Amityville House, where Lorraine not finding any proof the haunting there is real, but has a vision of a warning for elsewhere!

A year later in Edinfield, England around the holidays a single mother and her 4 children are living in what looks like a dark, moldy old home.  One of the kids is being bullied for having a stutter, and the house well… everything seems to be breaking. To add to their problems, Janet the younger daughter and her friend made a Ouja Board and she brings it home. She tries to contact any spirits there, but gets no answer. Come on any house in England has got to have something that goes bump in the night, right? She puts the board away under her bed and forgets about it.

Janet starts waking up not knowing how she got there, and just thinks she’s sleep walking…Motvision seal of approval

The build up of the story was a good one, it wasn’t where it was boring or felt too slow, and man you could cut it with a knife! The movie was creepy, un-nerving and even scary! You felt the frustration of the family and maybe even a little of the hopelessness they felt. And wait was that Marylin Manson as the Nun?  Nope it wasn’t.. Good job  to you though you made me glad I never went to Catholic School, though I did go to CCD and only had one little old Nun who was a sweetie!

I was also a bit upset and Nervous as it seemed there Ed would die in this, but I thought why would you kill him off only in the 1st sequel? (I could understand maybe a 4th or 5th movie) but anyway the deal is with that on the table you feel he will now as for whether or not he did…. I’m not going to spoil it one way or the other!

Another thing was… The make-up for the nun was scary and as for our urban legend in the closet… I won’t ruin it… kinda reminded me of Jack Skellington in a way only with the actual ability to scare!  I am sorry I missed it in the theater! But I Figured like the insidious sequel (part 2) it was going to just be lame and unmemorable. I do hope they make a 3rd of this one as I know there’s already an Insidious 4 in the works or so I’ve heard.

Oh and Patrick Wilson doing Elvis and singing to the song… nearly had a tear in my eye…

This is the first NON-comic movie I’ve seen this year (In theater or of any genre I rented) I can say is the BEST! of the year!

A             Bring on  a Part 3!!!

I think that was the creepiest spookiest Horror movie I’ve seen since The Babadook!

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