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In honor of Wes Craven, think I’m gonna re-watch “Nightmare on Elm St.” and the “Scream” movies this week..

Just so you know, the first “Nightmare on Elm St.” and the first three “Scream” movies are available for Netflix streaming so I’m probably gonna re-watch those movies this week. “Scream 4” is not available for streaming on Netflix, though, you’ll have to rent the DVD for that one.

I do love Wes Craven movies, though. I’ve been watching his movies for years. Maybe I’ll check out his other movies I haven’t seen yet. I don’t think I’ve seen “Red Eye” or “My Soul To Take” yet so I just put those movies on my DVD Que in Netflix.

Kev

RIP: Wes Craven 1939 – 2015…

This is very sad and shocking. One of my favorite horror directors of all time, Wes Craven has just passed away. This is a sad loss in Hollywood ’cause this man was one of the most iconic directors in Hollywood. He’s been directing movies since the 70’s. He’s brought us films like “The Last House on the Left”, “The Hills Have Eyes 1 & 2”, “Shocker”, he also brought us the “Scream” series and also responsible for giving us Freddy Krueger. Yes, he created the Freddy Krueger character himself which became one of the most iconic horror characters in Hollywood who is played by none other than Robert Englund. He was also the creator of the “Scream” series which became box office hits, all of them. I only saw the first three “Scream” movies… haven’t seen 4 yet but I will. The man was a movie making genius, though. I was never aware that he was suffering brain cancer which is what he died from.

RIP Wes and thanks for the great films!

Kev

The Brock’s Horror Film Pick #6: A Nightmare on Elm St. (1984, original)

While there has been a whole bunch of sequels and now a reboot is happening, the original “Nightmare on Elm St.” is what it’s all about. I love the original. Probably, more than the other movies. Directed by Wes Craven, starring Robert Englund as the original Freddy and this film marks the film debut of superstar, Johnny Depp. Another classic film, that I love.

Kev

 

Report: Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell in for “Scream 4″…

Sookie and Veronica Mars are officially part of the cast for, Scream 4. Yeah, I bet they won’t stay in the film for long either and they’ll get killed off by that masked killer. Who knows, maybe Wes Craven wants to keep the next film unpredictable and maybe he will make one of these two ladies live??? They should make Kristen Bell live and kill off Anna Paquin. I never liked Anna as an actress. She’s terrible and not that hot looking. Kristen, however, is much hotter than Anna.

Kev

New photo of Neve Campbell surfaces online!

 

Haven’t seen “Scream” star Neve Campbell in a long time have ya? Well she’s definitely much older now! The pic above is Neve Campbell in her younger years.

Here is Neve Campbell now! The iconic journalist, Nancy O’ Dell, gives the exclusive photo on twitter:

http://twitpic.com/1zzzha

Neve is in the blue dress, short hair. Neve looks totally different, plastic surgery much?

Kev

Film Review: Nightmare on Elm Street…

Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Kellan Lutz, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Connie Britton

Directed by: Samuel Bayer

Today I just saw the “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake and here is my review:

Plot/synopsis: The story to the remake is pretty much the same as the original. Freddy Kreuger, a child killer, who was burned to death years ago. Appears in people’s dreams. Freddy murders people in their dreams which causes them to die in real life.

Again, this movie is getting mixed reviews and opinions by fans and the critics. Some hate it and some LOVED it! Me? Well, I fucking LOVED IT! Seriously, I did!!! I have always been a fan of Freddy movies. The Robert Englund ones. I probably liked the first couple of “Elm St.” films with Englund, the rest of them I didn’t care for and were kind of stupid. The “Elm St.” series went downhill after “The Dream Master”. I know the 1st “Elm St.” movie was directed by horror legend Wes Craven. Notice how Hollywood seems to be remaking every Wes Craven film these days (“The Hills Have Eyes”, “The Last House on the Left”, etc.)?

Some people claim that the Freddy Kreuger role, belongs to Robert Englund and him only. Well, that’s where I disagree. The Freddy Kreuger character is just make up. You can’t recognize the actor anyways and you can always copy that speaking voice easily. Plus, I’m sure the film makers at Platinum Dunes, got Englund’s blessing for going on without him, so I’m sure Englund is all cool with the remake.

The reason I loved this version, was that this is much darker and more evil. The new Freddy’s make up maybe bad and horrible looking but hello, it’s supposed to be like that. The new Freddy look is supposed to be disgusting. They wanted it more disturbing looking than the Englund version. The Jackie Earle Haley version looks exactly like a burnt victim. In the earlier, “Elm St.” movies, the Englund films, they made it look like he was a child killer…but in this one, they wanted Freddy to be more human like. They wanted to have the new Freddy to have some character than the Englund version. This version showed more of Freddy’s past of how he appeared to be today. The remake, made it turned out to be that Freddy Kreuger is a child molester, not just a child killer. So it makes a lot of sense of why Freddy only appears in teens dreams when they go to sleep. I think Jackie Earle Haley’s version is more creepier and darker than the Englund versions. Yes, Haley’s version still have that comical sense of humor like Englund but not much. This film wanted to keep Freddy scary, not humorous.

The plot and storyline maybe similar but the whole movie is pretty different than the original. I was surprised to see “Friday Night Light’s” star, Connie Britton, have a role in this. It’s not just a cameo with Connie, she’s one of the leading roles. Her acting is great as always. They wanted to keep this a serious horror film. Make it scary and creepy. It was kind of scary and creepy in my opinion. They tried not to make it a popcorn flick and made it an actual horror film. The film was extremely dark and it actually made me a little uncomfortable in certain scenes. I think this is one of the best horror remakes in a long while. In fact, I wouldn’t even call it a remake. I would call it a stand alone film. It’s the way the original “Elm St.” movie should have been. No offense to Mr. Craven and Mr. Englund. Looking forward to the sequel now!!!

Score for “Nightmare on Elm. St” = **** (4 stars as in = “excellent”)

Kev

Report: Wes Craven finally reveals “Scream 4” plot, also confirms three more sequels…

Just when you thought Wes Craven is done with “Scream”, think again. He plans to do a whole new trilogy of the franchise.  Craven also reveals the plot to the next film, “Scream 4”. Craven explains that the film is set 10 years after the third one. Leaving right off the last one. It tells a story about Sidney Prescott, moving on to a new life,  and she is now an author who wrote a book that got some bad critics. Of course, she can’t stop thinking about her past with the Ghostface killer as there will probably be a lot of flashbacks from the first three films. With it being a Scream movie, she’ll have to confront the killer again, so somewhere in the movie, she probably finds out that he’s still alive.

More on it here:

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/17031/wes-craven-talks-scream-4-story

The plot sounds pretty interesting to me. Wes Craven must of been inspired for more story ideas for more Scream sequels. At least they are continuing with him being the director, still. If they continued with a different director, they would be a failure in the box office. Only Craven can do these films.

Kev

Report: Neve Campbell and Wes Craven sign on to “Scream 4″…the gang is back!!!

The original cast and crew who made the first three “Scream” movies are back. Courtney Cox and David Arquette first signed on pretty early. Reports from the past weren’t sure if Neve Campbell, the leading star was going to sign on or not, now she makes the deal to star the lead once again. Best of all, Wes Craven the man who directed the first three films, is back for the fourth as well to be on the director’s chair once again.

See this report at Variety with a bunch of other movie news from the Weinstein Co.:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118009176.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

While I’m glad the original cast and crew is back for the fourth “Scream”, I’ll go see it as long as the plot is good enough for me to go out and see it.

Neve Campbell was in her teens when she did the first three “Scream” movies. Since they haven’t done  a new one in a long time, Neve is now older, she’s into her thirties now.

The plot to “Scream 4” hasn’t been revealed yet, but my guess is that Sidney Prescott (Neve’s character) is now married and has a family, and they’re being attacked by the Scream killer with David Arquette’s character, Deputy Riley as a cop helping the family out. The Scream killer was already revealed at the end of Scream 3, it was a woman I think. It’ll be interesting to see what the plot is going to be for Scream 4, but this is my guess, it’s not official.

Kev

Report: David Arquette and Courtney Cox are down for “Scream 4″…

The leading stars of the “Scream” trilogy, David Arquette and Courtney Cox are officially signed for, Wes Craven’s “Scream 4”. David and former “Friends” TV star Courtney Cox are married together in real life, they are still together as a married couple too and they have been married since 1999.

Wes Craven took a long break from directing movies  himself and concentrated on producing other horror films. He finally agreed to return to direct, “Scream 4”.

More on it here:

http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/07/david-arquette-courtney-cox-scream.html

Now I wonder if Neve Campbell is on board for, “Scream 4” who is the main star of the series?

I liked the first “Scream” movie, 2nd one was pretty good, I didn’t like the third one.

Hopefully Wes will make this movie right so he can make it a box office smash. I hope “Scream 4”, will be a good one.

Kev

Film Review: The Last House on the Left

Starring: Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton, Michael Bowen

Directed By: Dennis Illiadis

This film is a remake of a 1972 film written/directed by horror legend, Wes Craven. I didn’t think this would be any good, I just saw it ’cause there was nothing else playing, and since I enjoy horror flicks on a regular basis, I decided to check this film out to make time fly by. Review of film below…

Plot/synopsis: A family whose name is the Collingwoods, go on a vacation trip, to their 2nd vacation home, which their vacation home is right near a lake. While the Collingwood’s daughter who name is Mari goes out to spend some time with her best friend, Paige as soon as they arrive at their vacation house. Mari and Paige meets a new friend, a young boy name Justin who the two girls parties with at some motel room. Suddenly, 2 men and another woman show up at the motel room which happens to be theirs.

The three people that walked in the room: Krug, Francis and Sadie happens to be dangerous gang members, who they helped Krug bust out of prison. Krug, Francis, and Sadie all kidnap the two young girls: Mari and Paige. Paige gets murdered by one of them, and Mari gets raped by Krug, and later shot in the back while swimming in the lake trying to escape.

After the hell raising moments: Krug, Francis, Sadie, and Justin has decided to crash for the night at the Collingwoods vacation home by politely asking the married couple for hospitality. The gang members pretended nothing has happened and acting like normal people, not criminals. The Collingwoods parents don’t even know their daughter, Mari, is in danger. The Collingwoods allow the four people to sleep in their home for the night, claiming they had a car accident on the way.

More hell breaks loose when the gang finds out this is the house that Mari lives in and she is still alive.

I was very surprised of the film. I was actually entertained and enjoyed it pretty much through out the film. I wasn’t bored and was kind of hooked. I didn’t see the original 1972 film but after seeing this, makes me want to see Wes Craven’s original.

This film kept you at the edge of your seat all the way through. The plot may sound kind of silly, but it’s kind of realistic if you think about it. You go on vacation to some far away place, and you never know, you can run into some very dangerous people. Yes, it can happen in real life. I think that’s what this movie wanted to show, that going on vacation isn’t always safe.

That’s as far as I’ll go with the plot, ’cause I don’t want to spoil things. I was surprised to see that I was the only person in the theater seeing this film. Yes, I was alone in the movie theater for this one. Oh well, I’m not heartbroken about it, ’cause I like watching films in peace and quiet. So I have a feeling that this film won’t do well in box office. Just because a film bombs in the box office, doesn’t mean it’s crap. I’ve seen plenty of great movies that bombed in theaters.

I honestly thought this was a pretty good film. Nothing excellent or amazing, but I was entertained. The killings in this film were pretty nasty, much nastier than the new “Friday the 13th” remake. I find it more of an action film, than horror, ’cause there is a lot of fighting in this movie. “Last House on the Left” remake, wasn’t bad at all. I really enjoyed the flick. Thumbs up!

Score for “Last House on the Left” = *** (3 stars as in good)

Kev