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I remember seeing the first Nightmare On Elm Street on VHS in my teenage years. And to this day its one of my favorite top 10 horror films of all time. The whole idea of a dream demon invading the teenagers dreams on Elm Street in Springwood was so interesting and a whole new concept from the over done killer wearing a mask killing people. When we got introduced to Freddy Krueger played by Robert England we saw a character that came onto his own and didn't copy something else that had been done to death. I loved everything about the first film and then when I got done watching it I watched part 2 with the same excitement and wondered if it could pass the first film in suspense and horror. I can say this film didn't come close to the first film in terms of horror. I will admit its not the worst in the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise but it isn't close to the best. I just didn't think the whole story of Freddy trying to get back into the real world was logical. The whole point of Freddy being a dream demon is because hes about killing teenagers of the adults of Springwood who had hunted him down and killed him when he was a human. He was about getting revenge and tormenting the kids because the adults cant protect their kids in their dreams. Freddy trying to get back into the real world just goes against his whole revenge where the adults cant protect their kids approach. I also felt the characters were just coming off as too macho and tough at times. I felt like they didn't come off as teenage kids with normal teenage lives. Another approach was the character of Lisa. Normally a female is always the one who stops Freddy and is exstablished throughout the film. But she really didn't get much screen time in this as Jessie did and she really didn't start fighting Freddy until the final maybe 30 minutes of the film. To me this film was average. Again its not the worst but not the best. I still think the worst film in the Nightmare On Elm Street film was Freddys Dead the Final Nightmare. If you want to pass the time then go for it and watch the film. But don't expect the film to be as good as part 1.
One of the best shows ever
I remember a decade ago being a total X Files fan. I loved the drama and episodes that fallowed the paranormal. And I thought when the show ended that I wouldn't see another show come along that was a lot like the X Files. Until Supernatural came along Now I hadn't seen the show when it came out in 2005. But I did know one of the actors Jenson Ackles from My Bloody Valentine 3D. And I looked online and decided to read the reviews of the show and they were all positive. So I decided to check it out.
And now that I've seen the first 7 seasons of the show I can say this show lives up to its label as a drama suspenseful show. And I had read that the show was inspired by the X Files and the Twighlight Zone. Taking nothing away from those shows because had they not existed, Supernatural likely wouldn't exist. But I think Supernatural has surpassed those 2 shows in every way.
I liked the backstory about Sam and Dean trying to find their father who went missing and avenging their mother and Sam's girlfriend who was killed by the same demon. And I liked the side episodes when they weren't hunting the yellow eyed demon, they would hunt other spirits, vampires,shapeshifters. It showed that their was other evil things out there besides the yellow eyed demon.
But another good thing about this show is it makes you feel like this is a horror show with the acting and story telling.
I recommend this show for anyone who hasn't seen it. You wont be disappointed. I actually wasted no time on Cyber Monday buying them for 10 dollars a season.
Friday the 13th (1980)
The movie that started it all
I remember when I was 14 and getting into horror films I had heard Friday the 13th was considered a popular film with horror fans. I decided to see the movie and see for myself. I had already got into the Halloween films and decided to give the film a try. Friday the 13th for its time from the horror era was original and proved it was more then a horror film. The actimg while not perfect was better then a lot of B rated horror films from the remake era we get today. I liked how they shielded the killer's identity until the end of the film. Who was the killer. Was it one of the counslers? That was the main question during the film. In a way it was logical to believe that one of them was the possible killer. But instead it was Pamala Voorhess who we knew nothing about. But we soon learned her reasons for becoming a killer. Betsy Palmer played the character perfectly. She had a real cool calm approach and when you saw her you thought, there is no way she could be a convincing killer. But she proved people wrong. And add on the whole being Jason Voorhess with the whole, KILLER MOMMY,KILLER thing was just creepy. But I also liked the dark feel this movie had. And the creepy music which went well with the film. Overall I liked this film. And it did go onto become a cult classic amongst horror fans and that's no surprise. But it also spawned several films that fallowed. Sadly just like the Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street series, the Friday the 13th films started to go downhill. They went onto span several more films. I recommend this to any fan today stuck in the remake era of films who hasn't seen this film and wants to see what original horror is all about.
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
The Showdown we all waited for but got mixed feelings when we watched
I remember hearing about this possible showdown between Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhess in horror magazines. Then I remembered when Freddy briefly appeared at the end of Jason Goes to Hell with his hand ripping through the ground and grabbing Jason's mask and pulling it under. And it had fans excited because we knew it was coming. But what fallowed was years of script problems and planning and very slowly the interest started to die down. Then in 2003 it was finally going to happen. It finally hit theaters and I went and saw it From the beginning I had my doubts this would even be a good movie. I had heard of a unknown director making the movie named Ronny Yu. I had no idea who he was or seen any other film he directed. I was let down that no one from the Nightmare or Friday films was directing it. And add on Kane Hodder wasn't allowed to play Jason because the director needed someone taller to play Jason which I felt was silly considering Hodder is considered to be the best actor to play Jason to this very day. But I still wanted to see the film and went through with it.
I will admit the storyline was better then I had hoped. How the teenagers of Springwood are being given a drug to help eliminate the fear and erasing Freddy Krueger from their minds as if he never existed. It was a nice way to explain what happened to Freddy Krueger and how he wasn't around anymore and the whole needing fear to do what he does. So he brings in Jason Voorhess who was in hell since the Final Friday. But Jason soon becomes so out of control that it becomes harder for Freddy to kill when he is at full power so the showdown between them soon comes along.
But while this film did have a decent story I couldn't help but feel slightly let down that they didn't bring back past survivors from both Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th films. It would make sense considering the backrounds of Freddy and Jason and it would have been a perfect fit to have someone from both films come back to help out. But we didn't get anyone. And I felt that while the fight scenes were decent and the effects were better then I could have hoped, I was let down that this felt more like a Freddy film then a joint film. I mean we hadn't seen Freddy since the New Nightmare film in 1994. But another thing is Jason was seen more of a victim then a killer in this film. Almost like you felt sorry for Jason instead of fearing him. To me it just didn't do it for me. He didn't come off as someone who was a killer but someone who you feel for and that was just kinda of wrong
I will admit the film did slightly better in terms of story and acting was pretty average. But that's really all I can say about this film. I've heard rumors of a sequel but I don't think I would care to see it. This is one movie that should have been a one time deal with no sequels. After all too many sequels can be a bad thing. Why do you think the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th films started out good but went bad over time. But knowing movie companies today with wanting to make money we will get another film.
The Remake Era
I remember when I was 14 years old. I was in high school and a friend talked me into horror films and I remember hearing a lot about the original 1978 Halloween film. I had heard it was one of the best horror films ever made. And when I did see it I became a fan of the films and I understood why the film was one of the best horror films ever made. Still is. It was dark, creepy, good story telling, good acting but it also proved it could be more then just a slasher film about a killer killing people in a town on Halloween. And it wasn't surprising that Halloween inspired film makers to try and do something as good as or even be better then Halloween throughout the 80s-90's era of horror films. Years passed and after several Halloween films we entered in the era of remakes. I had already seen some good and some bad remakes in my run as a fan of horror. Some remakes were on par with the original while some actually surpassed the original film. I thought My Bloody Valentine 3D surpassed its 1981 original film. I thought the remake of Night of the Living Dead in 1990 was on part with the 1968 original film. But when I had heard they were doing a remake of Halloween I became a little curious and worried at the same time. The questions began to pop into my head. How would it do, would it live up to the original. In time I would find out I remember seeing this film for the first time and I just felt that this film tried to do something different from the original but instead made more mistakes then it intended. The biggest mistake was the beginning of the film when we were introduced to Michael Myers. And how we got to know more about his childhood and how he came to be a killer. I have always known and felt that during a horror film you cant ever explain too much about what you want to be scary. This was the mistake Rob Zombie made In the 1978 film we knew Michael Myers killed his sister. But while we wanted to know more about Michael part of us didn't. That's what made the original Michael Myers more then just a killer wearing a mask. Michael was a evil presence that made you want to know more about him but you didn't want to. The whole backstory into Michaels childhood was explained way too much where when he did become a adult and return to his hometown he was just a guy wearing a mask. He didn't have that dark evil feel to being Michael Myers. By explaining too much into the fear Rob Zombie eliminated the whole purpose of a Halloween film. That was to be scared. And while the film started out different with the whole backstory into Michael Myers when the time did come to the main story it was really just a film trying to copy the original. The kills might have been different but overall it was basically the same film. I don't hate the acting performances in this movie. I understand the actors could have done just as good if anyone directed the film. I will say its not the worst Halloween. But this film couldn't live up to being as close as the original
My Bloody Valentine (2009)
Finally a remake that is worth seeing
As a long time horror fan I to have always felt that some horror films should never have remakes considering that remakes intend to not live up to the original film. Remakes end up either copying way too much or make changes to the story that just end up not being worth the watch. But when I did see My Bloody Valentine 3D I decided to give the film a watch. Considering that when I saw the DVD in stores I suddenly remembered the long forgotten 1981 original. I will say story wise this film managed to be refreshing. Rather then go down the same tired routine as remakes do of copying origoal films, this film actually managed to interest me with something new. While the characters were the same in a sense, the writers managed to put them in different situations. And I liked how when the backstory was explained that years later of what became of the town. In the original the town always seemed to be happy and cheery even during the knowledge of a Valentines Day killer on the lose or when they know of the killers intentions on Valentines Day or what that kiler did 10 years prior, they were all too happy over Valentines Day and that just annoyed me. In this remake the town is still effected by the terrible events of 10 years prior and I found that to be more interesting. But I also liked how they switched the fates around of Tom Hanniger and Axel Palmer. I wont ruin who the killer is in the film if you haven't seen it but your going to be in for something different when the mystery and killer are revealed. Overall the film is darker and more serious in terms of the original. But to be fair the original was from a different time era of horror films. Now today everything is constantly remade and not original anymore. But this remake I feel surpassed the original 1981 film. Because it tried to be more serious and original and not just do the same tired copying original films and doing the same routine stuff that's been done to death. You don't see remakes doing this at all.
Batman: Arkham City (2011)
The Sequel to Arkham Asylum
In 2009 us Batman fans had the joy of being given the real Batman game we always deserved in Batman Arkham Asylum. But when I heard the news of a sequel I had mixed emotions. I wasn't sure if another game could be on par or surpass the 2009 game. And who was going to voice Batman and the Joker again? Well in 2011 my doubts were once again gone. Batman Arkham City came out and I had to wait awhile to get the game because there were a lot of people inside the store. I got home and played the game. From the opening minutes of the game and the graphics were just amazing. Somehow Rocksteady that made the game made the game even better with more darker and more serious acting. And I loved the open world environment that made Arkham Asylum look small in terms of size. But once again Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprised the roles of Batman and the Joker. However as many fans knew this was the last time Mark Hamill played the Joker. So it was a great way for him to retire to role of the Joker and pass it on to someone else. But once again Kevin and Mark had great chemistry. I found the storyline to be excellent. While Hugo Strange was a top notch villain for the game I was more interested to see where it was going to go with the Joker. Since he was dying of his illness from the chemical he suffered from in Arkham Asylum And the game controls were the same as Arkham Asylum which was great. Considering I always found it annoying when a video game company changes the controls around for silly reasons. But I did have slightly small tiny complaints. While Arkham City was huge in size I found it really annoying having to back to the same place more then once. Example.
1. Having to back to the steel mill twice. 2. Going through the subway twice 3. Going to the courthouse twice.
I just thought that with Arkham City the size it was that a villain wouldn't be foolish to go back to a place after Batman finds them the first time. It just lost a certain freshness to it. But despite the small tiny complaint this game is better then Arkham Asylum. Rarelly does a sequel in a movie or video game series surpass the first one. But Arkham City does. I highly recommend this game if your a Batman fan. You wont be disappointed
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
The Batman game we all wanted for years
I remember when I came acrossed this game in 2009 and had no idea of its existence. In that time period I wasn't exactly crazy about Batman video games only because a lot of the older games were so bad that I just didn't have the thrill anymore as a fan of Batman to buy it or play it. I mean we had some really bad games for past video game consoles that were just really bad. Like Batman Forever for SNES. But then I read the reviews on Arkham Asylum and saw video and screen shots of the game. So I decided to give the game a try. But also to help get my interest back I remember hearing about Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising the roles of Batman and the Joker from the best Batman cartoon ever Batman the Antimated Series from years back. So I bought the game and I gotta tell you. All my doubts were erased. The game finally gave us Batman fans the true Batman game we were never given from years back. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are still top notch voicing Batman and the Joker some 20 years later. Its like they never lost a step or sound different in anyway. And they still have great chemistry together. But I also liked how they made the controls in the game. They don't make it too hard but they make just right. Not like Batman Forever for the SNES where you had to hit select and up button at the same time crap just to use you grapple gun. But the story is what got me hooked. Arkham Asylum is a bad place no one wants to be. It was dark and full of crazy lunatics you don't ever want as your friend. My only small tiny gripe with the game was that even though Batman did have a small batcave on Arkham island, you couldn't just do upgrades in it. You would think that if Batman did have a bat cave there he'd have it filled with weapons and stronger suits. Having to collect the riddlers riddles just to get all this was slightly annoying. But in closing this game makes up for the crappy Batman games we had from years back that we were never given. The acting, the story, the game play. Its about time we were given a game for being die hard fans of Batman. I highly recommend this game to anyone who hasn't played it. If you like Batman you are going to love this game. Go get it
Batman: Arkham Origins (2013)
A nice prequel in the series
I remember hearing about this game coming out nearly a year ago. And right from the start I became excited because I've been a die hard Batman fan since I was 6 and the previous 2 Arkham games were amazing. But then I began to have mixed emotions as the months fallowed. I heard that Rocksteady games wasn't making the 3rd installment in the series and I was worried because some new video game would screw up the series where we get a game too kid friendly and PG like and too much like that crappy 1997 Batman and Robin film. And I had heard that the game wont fallow the previous 2 games and I was let down by this considering I thought that a instant sequel to Arkham City was needed since their were a lot of questions fallowing Arkham City and I thought a 3rd fallow up game was needed. And of course finding out that Kevin Conroy wasn't voicing Batman and that another actor was needed to voice a younger Batman had me very worried. So in overall the question was could a prequel game really live up to the previous 2 games?
Well I got the game yesterday and I can say it does have its pro's and cons.
The Pro's. The open world environment. Gotham City looked just amazing and dark which helped keep the feel of the previous 2 games intact. And the idea of 8 assasians coming to Gotham City to kill Batman for 50 million dollars was very interesting. And it was nice to see the Black Mask getting more time in the game. And some of the villains in the game I never expected to see ever were in it. I also liked how it was the same control system as the previous 2 games because I had this belief the new video game company would change everything around to make it harder. The Con's. The off by a couple of second glitches. Every time I get into the batwing the game slightly freezes up. This was too familiar with Arkham City. When Arkham City came out I remember how that game had lots of bugs. Mainly the whole box popping up and the damaged download content crap that caused peoples game systems to constantly reset. I also found it slightly strange that Batman has the same weapons he did in Arkham City. If Origons takes place years before the previous 2 games shouldn't Batman not had had the same weapons he had in Arkham City. And if he did have these weapons the whole time shouldn't he had them when Arkham Asylum and Arkham City came along?
I will admit when this game was coming out and after hearing info on it I almost didn't get the game. I had worries from the start that this game wouldn't be as good and this game would likely end the series with a whimper. But I will admit it surpassed my expectations. Roger Craig Smith did a great job voicing a younger Batman. As did Troy Baker with voicing the younger Joker. And I was delighted they kept the dark atmosphere of the other 2 games intact. You cant have Batman be in a non dark feel. It just wouldn't be the same. So Warner Brothers Montreal. You did a great job. I rate the game as a 9. I recommend the game to anyone who hasn't played it.
WWE Royal Rumble (2006)
Not bad but not too good
Royal Rumble 2006 will go down as a 50-50 pay per view. it had some good matches and bad matches.
1. Kid Kash vs Funaki vs Paul London vs Nunzio vs Jamie Noble vs Gregary Helms. Awesome match. It was kind of slow at first and it was shocking to see a Helms in a Smackdown match when he was on Raw. The match started getting good maybe 5 minutes into it. All 6 of these men continue to amaze fans with there fast and furious moves. The ending was a little disappointing. 5/10 2. JBL vs The Boogyman. Not a good match. Lets face it. I have said it once I will say it again. Just because you look like a great heel or a great face by image dosn't make you a great wrestler. Image is not everything. And these 2 men proved it. JBL did his usual punching and kicking and 1 move then back to punching and kicking. And the boogyman proved why he still has a long way to go. Why they put him in the match with a higher card wrestler is beyond me. Of course it was nice to see Gillan Hall who always looks great now that the mold came of her face. But this match was the worst on the card.2/10 3. Mickie James vs Ashley. Trish Stratus was the guest referee. This match was pointless. It made no sense as to why the womans title wasn't defended and why Trish wasn't wrestling on the card. Mickie James proved she is a great wrestler. A little better and more improved then Ashley who seemed really lost in this match. If you look real carefully you could see Trish mumbling instructions in this match to Ashley who was clearly not ready for a big match.3/10. 4. The Royal Rumble Match. Better then last years. Some new wrestlers were in it and some old ones that you never thought you would see again like Tatanka and Goldust. The ending was surprising and it was a little sad knowing that Rey Mysterio finally gets put into the main event picture because Eddie Guerrero passed away. But this Rumble match was OK. Of course we could have done without the Sprit Sqaud who interrupted the match before it started. 5. Edge vs John Cena. Not a bad match. Edge does his best to carry Cena through this match who amazingly did more then 1 move this time instead of his usual punching and kicking and doing his FU. Edge got great heat from the crowd. I was disappointed that Edge lost the title to Cena. Edge is clearly the better wrestler then Cena and why he didn't get to keep the title longer is beyond me. 7/10. 6. Kurt Angle vs Mark Henry. This match was OK. Kurt Angle did his best to carry the much heavier and slower Mark Henry who seemed tired out after 5 minutes. Mark Henry might be a great heel but this match was slow and kind of boring and surprisingly short. 5/10