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‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’

Posted in Halloween Horror Movie Marathon, Movies, Slasher on September 12, 2015 by Justin T.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

“Morality sucks…”

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) — Directed by Wes Craven. Starring Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon, Johnny Depp, Amanda Wyss, Ronee Blakely, Nick Corri, Lin Shaye. 

We lost one of the great ones recently. On August 30th Wes Craven, age 76, succumbed to brain cancer. Director of landmark horror films such The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have EyesScream, and A Nightmare on Elm Street he is probably one of a handful of directors whose name might even be familiar to those who don’t pay attention to the genre.  Folks, let’s pour one out for Wes…

RoxieTo commemorate his passing San Francisco’s Roxie Theatre ran A Nightmare on Elm Street each night over the Labor Day weekend. A buddy and I headed to the Mission District to eat some grub, drink some brews, and watch Elm Street on the big screen. …if you can get away with calling the screen at the Roxie “big”. I wondered if there might be a big crowd of enthusiastic fans dressed up as Freddy Kreuger but there was not a clawed glove to be found. There was a noisy guy a few rows behind us who spouted random film-related comments (“I’m a Dapper Dan man! This theater’s a geographical oddity… two weeks from everywhere!”) but he quieted down when the movie started.

Obligatory plot synopsis: High school student Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) and her friends are all experiencing the same dream of being chased in a boiler room by a crazed, snarky killer with burned flesh. The teenagers get together for a sleepover to comfort Tina (Amanda Wyss), who is the first to share her dream with the small group. But she is brutally murdered in her bed by an unseen presence while her boyfriend, Rod (Nick Corri), watches in horror. Soon Nancy learns that the evil presence terrorizing their dreams is Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a child murderer who evaded the justice system of Springwood, Ohio and then subsequently killed by a vengeful mob of angry parents, burned to death in the same boiler room where the dreams are taking place. But he’s back and seeking to return revenge on his killers by invading the dreams of their children. After a week of no sleep Nancy vows to defeat Freddy and the battle is on to bring the fight into the real world.

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Halloween 4 and 5: the Return and the Revenge of Michael Myers

Posted in 'Halloween' series, Slasher on October 27, 2014 by Justin T.

I’m making my way through these Halloween films one at a time. Halfway there and only a few days to get them done by Halloween!

'Halloween 4' poster

Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) Directed by Dwight H. Little. Starring Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Donald Pleasance, George P. Wilbur, Sasha Jenson, Michael Pataki, Beau Starr.

It’s been ten years since the end of the events in Halloween II. Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) and Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) have survived the explosion and subsequent fire at the hospital. Laurie Strode, on the other hand, did Myers a favor by later dying in a car wreck, thanks to Jamie Lee Curtis’s lack of interest in starring in another Halloween film. But lucky for us Laurie left behind a daughter, Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), who lives in Haddonfield with a foster family. When Michael overhears of her existence during a transfer to another hospital, he escapes and is off to continue severing his family ties. Dr. Loomis learns of Michael’s escape and rushes to save the residents of Haddonfield. Meanwhile, teenager Rachel Carruthers (Ellie Cornell) is bummed that she’ll miss a date with her boyfriend because she has to babysit her foster sister. But things are about to get a lot more dangerous for both girls now that Michael Myers is back in town.

If you watched the end of Halloween II and thought, “Yep. That dude Michael Myers is dead. He’s burnt to a crisp and he ain’t comin’ back,” then you were wrong, and you’ve probably never seen a slasher move before either. After the failure of Halloween III, with frantic fans clutching their hair and screaming out “Where is Michael???”, producer Moustapha Akkad brought The Shape back from the dead for yet another trip to Haddonfield.

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