(1988) A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

This is probably my least favorite of the series so far but that’s based off the fact that I feel like the actually storyline is ham-fisted. They still manage to tie it into the previous films so it’s not a total bungle, just nothing remotely compelling or interesting.

The effects are still on point though and I’m slowly realizing, that’s what keeps me coming back to these films. The roach death is one of my favorite kills of the entire series, so absurd.

The moments that stand out negatively, besides the overall plot, are the moments where the protagonist comes face-to-face with Freddy. This is a point to be made for every Freddy film, it’s just sort of uncomfortable to see any hand-to-hand combat with him. I mean, he’s this twisted evil fuck, capable of mimicking hell with elaborate, gruesome¬† dreamscapes, yet somehow somebody always manages to get him in a hand-to-hand punching match.

It’s still an entertaining watch and like I said, that roach scene is unreal.

5.5/10

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(2016) Better Watch Out

Better Watch Out is the first original home invasion film I’ve seen in the past decade and one of the better ones I’ve seen period. It’s listed as a horror comedy but I think, given the other films in that category, that genre placing could seem misleading. It’s a perfectly balanced horror film that, while containing some very dark comedy, still remains really fucked up.

Levi Miller and Ed Oxenbould are truly the perfect child acting pair. Levi’s performance is exceptionally stand out, mostly in the sense that he was able to convey an aura of seriousness that I rarely get from child actors.

It’s almost impossible to say anything else without spoiling the movie. Grab some popcorn and curl up to watch this one on a cold night. It’s instantly become one of my holiday favorites.

8/10

 

(1987) A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors

I think this is my favorite one in the series (so far). It’s absolutely ridiculous but so good. For a film in this specific franchise, you couldn’t really ask for anything more.

The only complaint I really have is that Heather Langenkamp’s acting is really weak. I get that they wanted to bring her back but I’m not feeling her at all.

Everything else is a huge plus though. The practical effects are unreal. Its creepy and dynamic set designs will entertain all horror fans alike. Whether you’re 8 years old and about to never sleep again or 28 and desensitized from life, this isn’t a sequel to miss.

7/10

(1985) A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Man this one has such a great opening scene, I fucking love the way that looked. It’s just cool and nifty and cool and good and cool.

The effects in general are just fantastic. Highlights are probably Freddy exposing his brain in the beginning and then Jesse’s initial transformation as well.

It’s a super entertaining sequel.

7/10

(2016) Cold Moon

This cocksucker came out of nowhere with such an interesting, random cast and crew. It’s a totally solid ghost story though that has excellent cinematography. I seriously mean that, this film looks fucking fantastic.

The special effects for the most part, are pretty great. They’re boosted up by a loud, booming (original?) score and even the overly CGI moments don’t detract from the quality much.

It wasn’t an entirely difficult role to play but I thought Josh Stewart did his character justice.

Besides Josh, the quality of acting tended to take a dip. There were some really awkward moments of dialogue unfortunately. Not enough to ruin the film or anything but you know, just kind of, eh.

I still dug it as a whole, really solid stuff.

7/10

(2016) Boys in the Trees

Boys in the Trees can seem predictable in retrospect but given the pure sincerity that comes across, I’m lead to believe the signs along the way were purposely conspicuous.

It’s a touching coming-of-age film that deals with some really difficult hurdles that can come with leaving adolescence. Things like remorse, repentance and acceptance.

I loved how good and evil were treated as autonomous forces rather than concrete traits of specific characters. The kids actually seemed like real kids, something I’ve always admired in films that do it well. It’s tough to describe and certainly not representative of idealistic childhood innocence but you know, just kids fucking up as kids do, some always worse than others.

On a technical level I really loved it. The lighting is moody but not at all blown out and saturated like so many new horror films.

That’s pretty much all I have on this one, real nice surprise. There’s some bold poetic lines that bring the cheese occasionally, however, teenagers do tend to me a bit dramatic so it’s tough to say it’s out of place.

Check it out of Netflix right now.

7.5/10

 

(2013) Curse of Chucky

Curse of Chucky is actually a totally solid entry into the series. They bring it very much back to the series horror roots, expand upon the backstory and offer a unique and entertaining film.

It’s probably the first time I’ll say I think the CGI kind of elevated Chucky himself and got rid of a lot of the box-y doll like motions from the previous films. While I love the older practical effects, if you’re going for scares, it never really works for Lil Chuck.

There’s of course, plenty of stupid shit because how could a Child’s Play movie not have some stupid shit? For the most part, it’s a competent effort.

6/10