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Product Review: ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection’ [Blu-ray] (2013)

910qSpSQvJL._SL1500_One of my favorite slashers is without a doubt, Freddy Krueger.  Like many other slashers, Freddy got an HD makeover with the March 5, 2013 release of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection’ [Blu-ray].

When paying a good sum of money for a Blu-ray collection, the sturdiness of the packaging is very important to ensure the discs stay safe.  The case for this set is sturdy and snaps shut like a regular Blu-ray case, and each disc has a spot to hook onto like a regular Blu-ray.  My only complaint about the packaging is that one of the discs towards the end of the set does not like to stay in.  This is fairly common though with Blu-ray and DVD sets that have all of the discs in one case.

The cover art for the ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection’ [Blu-ray] is amazing.  The backdrop of the cover looks like textured cloth.  In the foreground, underneath of the title, Freddy has appeared to have ripped through the cloth with his iconic gloved had and is peeking out.  Overall, the cover is simplistic yet eye catching.

This collection includes all 7 of the original films plus a ton of extras on 5 discs. The run time on the entire set is 11 hours and 42 minutes.  Among the extras is an amazing documentary called ‘Fear Himself’ about Freddy Krueger and the series.  It is not very long and is narrated by Robert Englund, Wes Craven and other crew and fans of the films.  It is insightful and worth the 20 or so minutes.  There are also 2 episodes of ‘Freddy’s Nightmares’.

The set is rated R. My big concern was the quality of the films.  The quality of the audio and video is amazing.  Everything translated from DVD to Blu-ray flawlessly.

The price was a steal on Amazon.  They are currently offering the set for 58% off at just $24.99 from its original $59.99 list price saving a total of$35.  If you already own this on collection on DVD but would like to upgrade, you can trade it in on Amazon for a gift card and save even more money. Buy A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection [Blu-ray]

I highly recommend this set to any fan of the ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ series.  The average Amazon rating of this Blu-ray set is 4.6 stars out of 5.  I am giving the A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection (All 7 Original Nightmare Films + Bonus Disc) [Blu-ray] 5 out of 5 for the incredible quality of the films and the packaging as well as the incredible bonus features.

Original vs Remake: A Nightmare on Elm Street

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a-nightmare-on-elm-street-originalWith the remake craze taking the horror genre by storm, we all compare the remake to the original A_Nightmare_on_Elm_Street_2010_posterwhile we’re watching it.  This is going to be my first article in a new series I am going to be doing, Original vs Remake.

When the 1984 classicA Nightmare on Elm Street‘ got a remake in 2010, everyone was a buzz and from what I seen there was a split on how people felt about it.   I am not a big fan of remakes, but I give every film that I see a fair chance, so I have seen the remake a few times.

My first concern with a remake of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street‘ was obviously Freddy Krueger.  What would he look like? Who will be playing him?  Jackie Earle Haley was cast as the iconic villain.  He did a decent job portraying Freddy Krueger, but in my opinion did not quite measure up to Robert Englund.  Robert Englund played the role with so much more passion and he was much more natural.  Robert’s Freddy had a lot more playfulness and was at times funny while Jackie Earle Haley’s Freddy was more menacing and did not have those comedic properties. Robert also had the better voice as Freddy.

Robert_englundPerhaps the biggest change made to the film in the 2010 remake was the makeup.  ‘A Nightmare on jackiehaleyElm Street‘ 2010’s makeup was more accurate to what someone who was severally burnt would look.  My biggest gripe about the makeup was how it fit Jackie’s face.  It appeared to be too tight and did not look like it functioned well.  Where as the 1984 makeup seemed more functional and, in my opinion, more menacing and demonic.  I know that with a remake, the creators like to tweak the look of the main characters a bit, but I did not like that they completely changed the appearance of one of the most recognizable, iconic faces in the horror genre.

A couple more things that Freddy is known for are the red and green striped sweater and the razor glove.  The sweater is pretty much the same in both films, but there are some slight differences in the glove.  The glove is more intricate in the remake, but I still prefer the 1984 glove.

FreddyKruegerIn the 1984 classic, Freddy was more about the psychological attack.  He liked getting into the heads of his victims. The 2010 Freddy was more into physically attacking his victims and making a-nightmare-on-elm-street-13-4-10-kcthem pay for what he did.

In both films, Freddy Krueger preyed upon the children of the parents that killed him.  His favorite target in both was Nancy.  There were some changes to Nancy in 2010.  They changed her last name to Holbrook from Thompson in 1984.  In 1984 Nancy was played by Heather Langenkamp and in 2010, Nancy was played by the talented Rooney Mara.  Heather’s version of Nancy was a little bit more, for a lack of better terms, crazy whereas Rooney’s Nancy was much calmer and a bit of a badass.  The 1984 Nancy Nightmare's_Nancy_-_Langenkamp_&_Maracaught on to Freddy and his game much quicker.  In both films, Nancy finds out who Freddy is and what he did from her mother.  Nancy was the one to stop Freddy in both films, but in the original she did it by herself whereas in 2010, Nancy had help from her “boyfriend’.  Nancy’s dream sequences are much more elaborate in the 1984 original than they are in the remake.

Nancy is not the only target in both, Nancy’s friends are also on Freddy’s “to kill” list.  They changed imagesthe names of the friends and how they were killed.  In 2010 the girl named Kris was killed the same way as Tina in the 1984 film with her boyfriend being the only witness. In both films, the boyfriend is wrongfully accused and locked up only to become a victim of Freddy.

Surprisingly, there is more gore and sex (I guess it’s because sex scenes were the thing in 80’s slasher films) in the original than in the remake.  Tina and her boyfriend engage in what could possibly the loudest, most obnoxious sex scene in the history of horror movies.  There are no sex scenes in the remake.  The kills in the original are much more bloody and intense than they are in the remake.

847One of my favorite lines from the 1984 original, “I’m your boyfriend now“, also appears in both films.  When Freddy says it in the original, it is much more entertaining.  Right a_nightmare_on_elm_streetbefore he kills Nancy’s boyfriend, he calls Nancy and turns the bottom of the phone into his mouth whereas in the remake he says it to Nancy’s face and it’s kind of anticlimactic.

The way that Freddy stalks the teens in the original is way more creative than in the remake.  In the remake, he more or less only stalks them in there dreams, but in the original, he appears in bedrooms as they are falling asleep and they see him in other ways.

Craven_14_13_KelseyR2The story line as a whole was pretty different between the original and the remake.  In the remake, the group of friends went to preschool together, but the parents hid it from them and made them forget about it, so they thought that had met in high school.  Then Nancy finds a photo of all of them together in preschool, so she and Quentin track everyone down only to find out that they are the last two in the picture left alive.  In the original, we are not really told how or when they all met.

The endings were drastically different from each other as well.  The ending of the remake

was not as good as the ending of the original.  In the original, Nancy alone pulls Freddy out of her dream at her house.  In the remake, images (1)Nancy and Quentin pull Freddy out of Nancy’s dream at the preschool they attended.  In the end of both films, Freddy kills Nancy’s mom, but unlike the remake that ended freddy1 kill5abruptly after he kills Nancy’s mom, Nancy’s mom is back and Nancy gets in the car with her friends.  The car is possessed by Freddy, so it gets a little more confusing than the remake.  Both the original (obviously) and the remake were left open for sequels.

I am going to have to say that in the match of A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 vs A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 that the original 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street is the winner with a total KO.

Below are the trailers to both the 1984 and the 2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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Movie Review: Inkubus (2011)

MV5BNDg0NzY3NjUzM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjIzMTA3Nw@@._V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_I seen Inkubus on the shelf at Walmart about a year ago and picked it up solely because it was a Robert Englund film.  Before I watched this film, I looked it up and I gave it a watch.

Inkubus stars Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) as Inkubus, Joey Fatone (Jersey Shore Shark Attack) as Detective Tom Caretti, and William Forsythe (The Devil’s Rejects, Rob Zombie’s Halloween) as Retired Detective Gil Diamante.

Synopsis:

Inkubus tells the story of a skeleton crew working the final shift at a soon to be demolished police station. The night takes a gruesome turn when the demon, Inkubus, calmly walks into the station holding the severed head of a murdered girl. Inkubus toys with the crew, allowing himself to be restrained, and begins to proudly confess to his litany of crimes, some dating back to the Middle Ages. Why? Inkubus has a score to settle with the one detective that almost put him away some thirteen years ago. To their dismay, the cops quickly become pawns in Inkubus’ brutal crowning achievement of murder, gore, and mayhem. They ultimately realize it’s his world, they only die in it.

Inkubus was written by Glenn Ciano (story) and Carl V. Dupre (screenplay) and directed by Glenn Ciano.  The original release date for this film was on October 28, 2011.

I was a bit apprehensive to watch Inkubus at first because of the low ratings given to it by the “critics”, but I am glad that I did not listen to what they had to say.  This film was not a Hollywood masterpiece, which is partly why I enjoyed it so much. The fact that Inkubus was a B-movie makes it that much more entertaining.

Robert Englund was incredible as Inkubus, the demon.  Inkubus was a demon that messed with the minds of his victims which we have Robert-Englund-in-Inkubusseen Robert perform so well before as Freddy Krueger.  In fact one of his favorite victims in the film was Detective Diamante’s (Forsythe) wife Nancy which we all know was his favorite in A Nightmare on Elm Street.

tumblr_ls93zgdNJ71r3lfclo1_500Joey Fatone really surprised me.  I seen his name on the back of the DVD and literally said WTF.  I couldn’t fathom how he could go from 90’s boy bander to horror actor, but he really pulled it off.  He was intense and played a very convincing crazy person.

William Forsythe was amazing of course.  His character’s story is one of real tragedy. 1163414009 He and Joey made the perfect pairing for this film.

The story line for Inkubus was unique and very entertaining.  Inkubus had its gory moments, but I would not label it a gorfest.   This film is more of an attack on the mind, a real suspenseful, psychological thriller.

inkubus2If you like movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street or a fan of Robert Englund, you should pick this one up to add to your collection.  Keep in mind, Inkubus is a B-movie, so do not expect Hollywood gold.  Watch it with an open mind.

I give Inkubus a 7 out of 10.

Trailer:

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Help Fund Fear Clinic the Movie

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Photo Credit: Fear Clinic

I have been hearing a lot of buzz about the movie Fear Clinic starring Robert Englund, Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder and Angelina Armani.

Plot: Patients suffering phobias undergo radical therapy in the FEAR CHAMBER that animates their worst fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. ~Fear Clinic Facebook page

This sure to be amazing film was written by Aaron Robert Drane, directed by Robert Green Hall and produced by Mark B. Johnson.  The cast and plot alone ensure a pretty amazing film, but they need your help.  The goal is to raise $150,000 to help fund the movie.  They have already raised $10,181 thanks to awesome fans.  There are 29 more days left to help fund Fear Clinic.  If you help out, not only will you get to see a killer movie with what could quite possibly be the best horror movie cast, but there are also more perks.  Check out  Fear Clinic’s indiegogo campaign for more details.

Like Fear Clinic on Facebook and follow this amazing project on twitter to keep up to date on news about the film.

Campaign video. Credit to the Fear Clinic indiegogo campaign.

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