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Halloween is just over a week away, and to celebrate it, I will be posting a horror movie review every day (except for Sunday24th) with my personal opinions on what are tricks or treats to watch this holiday season.
I begin with two recent releases on DVD, Frozen and Nightmare On Elm Street 2010.FROZEN (2010)
Although the genre of this movie is classed as a thriller/drama, the circumstances surrounding it are truly horrifying.
Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, Ruin), Emma Bell (Supernatural TV Series) and Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl TV series) star as three friends vacationing at a ski resort in Mount Holliston.
Not having much money they persuade an employee that operates the cable car for one last pass for one hundred dollars. The employee grants them their wish and takes the money, however, the employee gets distracted and has to go see his boss while leaving a co-worker with instructions to wait for the three snowboarders to come down the hill. Unfortunately for the snowboarders, the co-worker see’s the wrong group come down the hill and think their the last ones to ski down the slope, and shuts down the cable car.
Joe, Dan and Parker (Ashmore, Zegers and Bell) end up being stuck, suspended high above the ground on the cable car in the freezing mountainous resort with no one aware that they are there. They witness in horror all the lights being turned off around the resort and realise they have been forgotten, and also aware of the fact that the resort does not re-open until the following weekend.
Other Cast members: Ed Ackerman, Rileah Vanderbilt, Kane Hodder, Adam Johnson and Chris York
Directed by Adam Green
DVD EXTRAS: Audio commentary by director and main stars, deleted scenes, The origins of Frozen,
Behind the scenes and more. The extras on this DVD are definitely insightful and a worth while place in this features menu.
You truly get a sense of their struggle in such a desperate situation, followed by the horrible realisation that if they don’t do something soon they will most definitely freeze to death. Not only does one of them have severe frost bite, another with broken legs after jumping down from the car and a hungry pack of savage wolves to contend with, but also the cable car becomes very unsteady.
Overall, Frozen is a surprisingly decent flick that will leave a chill down your spine.
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2010
A remake of Wes Cravens classic horror. Nightmare On Elm Street returns to our screens with Jackie Earle Haley now donning the role of the famous horror icon.
Five teenage friends living on one street all dream of a sinister man with a disfigured face, a frightening voice and a gardener’s glove with knives for fingers. One by one, he terrorises them within their dreams – where the rules are his and the only way out is to wake up. But when one among them dies, they soon realise that what happens in their dreams happens for real and the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. Buried in their past is a debt that has just come due. To save themselves, they must plunge into the mind of the most twisted nightmare of all: Freddy Krueger.
Cast: Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Ronney Mara, Katie Cassidy and Thomas Dekker
Directed By: Samuel Bayer
DVD EXTRAS: Featurette (marvellous). May have more extras on Blue Ray.
|Jackie who plays Freddy
Initially looking forward to this movie, being a fan of the old Nightmare On Elm Street outings, I had high hopes and expectations for my favourite horror Icon of all time. Unfortunately what I got was a steaming pile of T-REX sized crap.
1...2, Jackie Earle’s coming for you!
Although successfully portraying a darker Freddy, the horror legend was missing that certain charm we all loved to hate that Robert Englund did so well in this role.
3...4, The acting is poor.
5.…6, No new tricks.
All avenues of further exploration were scarcely non-abundant. Anything that worked in this remake was a carbon copy of the original. Could of probably done better with more of a back story on how he became the demon of dreams, and focused on the parents hatred towards him, and then him going after the kids to pay their debts, something I feel was quickly flicked over in this outing to make it different.
7....8 Grab some Coffee-mate.
Although the movie does provide some fun humour and a few minor scares for the easily scared, I found I needed a few Coffee’s to keep my eyes open during this. It is slow paced at times, although quickly tries to make up for it with an onslaught of gore and moments of creepy dialogue to only then drift back into snail pace.
9...10, I’ll definitely sleep again.
The movie failed to deliver any scares that the original did so well, rather than jumping out of my seat or covering up my face, the only reactions I expressed were a few role of the eyes and an occasional smirk.
For me it disappointed on so many levels, and one franchise I wish Michael Bay and platinum Dunes left well alone.