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EPISODE 5: JUDY MILLER, COME ON DOWN- *** ½
Writers- Michael De Luca & Jack Temchin
Director- Tom DeSimone (Hell Night)
Judy Miller (Siobhan McCafferty) unhappy with her life appears on a twisted game show each right answer comes at a cost; the 2nd half has Judy and her husband Tom (John DeMita) enjoying their winnings, but when a maid (Susan Oliver) shows up and claims to be Judy from the future and tells her she has to kill her husband. I actually quite enjoyed this episode the first half is campy and over the top, but a lot of fun; the 2nd half wasn't as good, but still works, but problem is it was sort of pointless with a lame ending. Despite these problems I highly enjoyed this one for the most part. Larry Anderson who plays Sammy Ray played Michael Long who later became Michael Knight played by David Hasselhoff in the pilot episode of Knight Rider.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Freddy's Nightmares: Judy Miller, Come on Down starts as frustrated
housewife Judy Miller (Siobhan McCafferty) gets the chance of a
lifetime to go on the 'Beat the House' game-show, after some bizarre
visions Judy actually manages to win the top prize of $1,000,000. Back
home Judy buy's her domineering in-laws their own pad & together with
her law student husband Tom (John DeMita) starts enjoying her winnings.
However a maid sent from an agency (Susan Oliver) claims to be Judy
from the future & says she must give all the money away or it will
destroy her life...
Episode five from season one of Freddy's Nightmares this was one of several directed by Tom DeSimone (early 80's teen slasher Hell Night (1981) with Linda Blair appears to be his claim to fame) & like most of the early entries of Freddy's Nightmares there are two stories here linked by a common plot & the first half with Judy Miller on a surreal & camp game-show (that seems to alternates between being called 'Beat the House' & 'Beat the Reaper') complete with larger than life host who is armed with various cheesy jokes, I quite liked this part as it's just so strange & bizarre with odd questions revolving around killers & Judy's own life & the consequences for getting a question either wrong or right are amusing to from having honey poured on her in-laws & then a jar of flesh eating Ants thrown on them or a Pit and the Pendulum gag like that seen in Saw V (2008) in which a man strapped to a table is chopped in half by a huge swinging axe while Judy is forced to watch since her feet are glued & chained to the floor! The problem is there is no reason why any of this happens & the show reverts back to normality too quickly & she wins the money. The second half of Judy Miller, Come on Down is barely worth mentioning as Judy meets herself from the future (no reason is given to how the future Judy travelled back) who has a message about the dangers of the money & that it leads to the ruination of their lives, this is standard morality crap about the dangers of wealth. It's boring & has zero horror aspects, again the lack of any satisfying or surprising twist ending just kills it as it's just far too predictable.
Freddy watch has little to report here, there's no real reason for him to even be in this episode & he only pops up for a few seconds at a time (one with his head stuck inside an oven) to spout a one-liner which are the best thing about this episode really. There's next to no gore in this one after a couple of gory previous episodes, there's a cut open hand with Ants crawling over it, there's a shot of a mans stomach being cut with a huge swinging blade & in one of his little sketches Freddy's is holding a still beating heart but that's all. There's nothing scary here, the tone is more surreal with some really odd, camp & silly moments.
Judy Miller, Come on Down is half alright & half total crap. No scares, lots of camp moments & hardly any Freddy means this is one Freddy's Nightmares that you can skip. At only forty odd minutes at least it's short but it still sucks.
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