Ranking the original Elm Street Movies

Its that time of year again and this year we will be ranking my favourite Horror franchise of all time a Nightmare on Elm Street, a series of films based around a serial killer called Freddy Krueger who hunts his victims in their dreams, the idea came from Wes Craven and at the time it was very unique and made Freddy one of the most threatening villains where he could attack people from behind the grave when they are asleep. This helped to give him very creative kills but also made him stand out compared to the competition with Jason, Chuckie, Leather Face and others.

Needless to say I am very excited to revisit this franchise, it’s what got me into the horror genre and is still my favourite to this day so without any more delay lets get ranking from worst to best

This is only my opinion and is in no way fact and may not follow the traditional opinion of this franchises qualities.

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

This movie was the biggest Fuck You to the studio, the fans and original creator Wes Craven so lets talk about it.

After Nightmare 5 released to the lowest financial gross of the series the decision was made to finally kill off Freddy Krueger and end the series.

In the film we are given a new protagonist Doctor Lisa Zane who is helping children in a foster home in Springfield Ohio, it is later revealed that this woman is Krueger’s daughter a revelation that didn’t need to exist but at least it kind of gives Freddy a reason for going after the teenagers under her care.

There is no explanation as to where Alice from Nightmare 4 and 5 had gone, we never find out why Krueger stopped hunting her but this wouldn’t be the first unexplained moment from the series.

The reason this film is so insulting to Freddy Fans is because not only do we get silly Freddy but it is turned up so high that this may as well be a parody, Freddy isn’t just goofy in this he goes completely looney Tunes!

We get fourth wall breaks, Freddy directly interacts with the audience on multiple occasions even doing the whole “shhh” thing while sneaking on one of his victims.

The one liners are awful too especially during the video game dream, this dream especially is a great example to see how much they did not care about this series anymore, Freddy can get away with being a little silly at times, but playing video games is ridiculous if you showed clips from this scene without any concept it would be more convincing as a commercial for the NES game than actually part of what should have been an epic final showdown for this character.

Overall the performances in this are pretty mediocre from everyone but unfortunately this time Robert Englund is just bad as the character, this movie sucks and never should have been approved, famously Wes Craven couldn’t finish watching this one and that should tell you everything you need to know!

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

The Dream Master was in my opinion the first movie where this franchise went off the rails, choices were made to keep the funny Freddy from Nightmare 3 but turn up the silliness and focus less on scares with more creative kills that don’t really follow any of the logic we had seen before this one.

After the events of Nightmare 3 we first see the surviving Dream Warriors who are still working together to protect the Dream Realm from the return of Freddy.

Some events later and Freddy is brought back by a dog who pees fire and our Dream Warriors are all dead leaving the new protagonist Alice a master of dreams to defeat Freddy and save her friends.

So I want to point out that at this point in the franchise there wasn’t any reason for Freddy to kill his victims because with the Dream warriors out of the picture there are no living relatives of the people who killed him while he was alive.

I don’t particularly think it matters that much but the three previous movies definitely felt more like a compelling trilogy due to Freddy having a particular need for revenge with his kills.

Chose this photo I found over an image from the movie as this is such a cool cast photo shoot!

The Acting in this is so bad from almost everyone in the new cast (Not the Dream Warriors), I don’t know why but almost all the line delivery in this comes across as monotone and not with much effort, of course Robert Englund is fantastic and I will give props to Toy Newkirk who played Sheila as she was the only supporting cast member that I thought did a good job with her acting, it was nothing special but it was one of the only performances that I can say I liked.

The kills and dream sequences in this are really good and some of the best in the franchise, stand out kills definitely go to Joey who gets trapped under his water bed and drowns and by far the best kill up to this point in the franchise goes to Debbie who slowly becomes a giant cockroach bursting from her skin before being stuck in a bug trapping fluid and crushed to death! It is flipping awesome

There are actually some really great effects in this movie and with the dream world having less rules we do get some more memorable Freddy moments, one liners and very creative dreams but I do feel that at times this movie went a little too silly like when Freddy orders Pizza and its meatballs are the heads of his victims or the stupid karate fight where Freddy is invisible because they ran out of money and had to quickly make a kill scene out of bed sheets and cheap decorations

Minus that awful scene I think the biggest problem with this movie is that Freddy is not scary at all, he is comic relief in this and has completely lost his scare factor, I like fun Freddy and I think that’s how he should be but he still needs to be scary otherwise the franchise just becomes a comedy in a similar manner to Bride of Chucky but where it works well for Chucky, for Freddy it is just really disappointing and has a big impact on what could have a great film.

Bad Acting, boring characters and a non-scary Freddy definitely affects my ranking with this one but it had some great kills and some really good effects, this is actually a fan favourite and is the highest grossing movie in the Elm Street Franchise so maybe its just me but I’m not too keen on this one.

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

Probably the most controversial movie in the original series this second film sees Freddy leaving the Dream World and possessing High Schooler Jesse Walsh and killing victims in the real world instead.

So with this having much less Dreaming than the others films the kills here are pretty lame and in a sense a lot less scary, I couldn’t take Freddy seriously in this especially during the pool party scene where he massacres plenty of victims twice his size.

One great kill though is definitely the gym teacher, they did still let Freddy keep his dream like powers so he can use telekinesis to control inanimate objects, he uses this to his full potential during this kill and its very memorable with a lot of balls flying everywhere and towel whipping.

The film is known to be a homage to gay culture and I’m all for this with the gay body language and mannerisms of the protagonist and plenty of other homoerotic hints and directorial choices, its great to see something celebrate this at a time when it wasn’t fully accepted in society.

The cast are pretty great in this from Male Scream Queen Jesse and his perfect chemistry with on screen girlfriend Lisa and no one is really that annoying in this one, the first movie Nancy was way too whiny but this was an issue clearly picked up before casting was made here.

The effects are really good considering how quickly they had to make this movie, two in particular stand out being the bird puppet that attacks the Walsh family in a homage to Alfred Hitchcocks the Birds and Freddy bursting out of Jesse’s Skin is just fantastic although the cheap rubber skin costume he leaves behind always gives me a chuckle.

Nightmare 2 is really not a bad a movie at all its a lot of fun but its really hard to look past this being anything more than a standard slasher film without the full creativity of the Dream Kills, not being in the real world is what made Freddy stand out among his competition and its just a shame they lost that vision a little bit here.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

Dream Child was the least successful film in the franchise resulting in only one final movie being made in the original Freddy Series after this one. The film was a critical and financial failure but over the years has garnered a bit more love from fans.

In the film a now pregnant Alice from Nightmare 4 has just graduated from High School and is looking forward to her future with her boyfriend Dan. Unfortunately Krueger has taken over the dreams of her unborn child and Alice’s last remaining friends hoping to be reborn into the real world.

The casting performances here are so much better that in the fourth movie although that isn’t exactly a hard sell. Here the actors portrayals are again nothing too special or particularly memorable but a little more effort and love was put in by the actors and actresses giving us a little more fun and a realism which made the movie more entertaining and easier to watch.

I really like that this film had a higher focus on Amanda Kruger (Freddy’s Mother) and made her an important ally to his defeat this time around.

This was an extension to a back story we had seen in Nightmare 3 and gave us some more insight on why Freddy was so evil.

While this film only has a small handful of death scenes they are all excellent and have some pretty good effects, all of them push the dream limits to the max and are extremely memorable, my favourite involved Freddy quite literally forcing someone to eat themselves to death in a scene which was pretty gross but had all of the Freddy Comedy, creativity and horror that this franchise offers.

The Dream sequences also have some really good sets, by far the best and most creative sequence was the Comic Book, here we get a black and white set with some really cheesy costumes and one liners similar to Superhero comic books of another time, the Kill here is also really creative and one of Freddy’s best.

My only real complaints with this movie is the very low body count and some of the inconsistencies with the lore such as baby Freddy being born disfigured when we all know that he was burned alive by the original Elm Street parents hence why his face is burned and scarred (I know this is a dream but its never questioned not even by his mother Amanda)

I don’t understand why this film gets so much hate because I really don’t think its that bad, at this point the franchise was definitely hanging on by a thread from a story perspective and you could tell the studio was running out of ideas, but this is still a good watch for entertainment and you wont be bored by the casting or the kills, this film had some of Freddy’s most memorable moments but was far from being the franchises peak.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

The one that started it all and what a great start to this franchise, the movie actually opens with a brief shot of Freddy building his knife glove before he was killed by the Elm street parents a fiery death which is explained to the main character Nancy later on in the film.

With this being the first movie in the franchise the plot is fairly bare bones, Freddy is hunting down the children of the parents who murdered him as revenge, the main characters in this movie are Nancy, Glen, Tina and Rod

The performances are not too memorable especially from the main characters, Nancy played by Heather Langenkamp is really quite annoying and whiny in her portrayal, the other three do ok jobs but no one really stands out, this was Johnny Depp’s first role on screen and he hadn’t quite discovered his full acting talents at this point but with it being his first role it is definitely one of his most important.

Robert Englund plays Freddy and he’s just great in this, the first movie has a more serious Freddy with genuine disturbing imagery and scary moments. There are a lot of gross out moments with his humour in this with special effects involving bugs, maggots and plenty of green blood so it does have silly moments but nothing compared to how off the rails the franchise went later on down the line.

Freddy is creepy in this especially when you cant see him on screen, the dream sequences are all made to scare with none of them being out of wack.

The kills are all memorable but some of the most basic in the franchise compared to what would come next, Tina being dragged across the ceiling was always a great effect and of course Glen being dragged into his mattress with litres of blood being sprayed all across his bedroom is fairly iconic these days and remembered fondly by horror fans.

Nancy’s parents play a pretty important role in this movie trying to get Nancy help through sleep therapy’s and eventually with her father almost capturing Freddy near the end of the film.

Unfortunately I think both of these characters could have been written a little bit better, both are very stubborn and don’t believe Nancy when she tells them that Freddy Krueger is the killer, they don’t even believe her when she pulls his hat out of a dream in the clinic, a hat she never walked in with and that has his name written inside of it. Maybe they just didn’t want to believe in Freddy especially since they played such a big role in his original murder and are just scared to hear his name again? What do you guys think? this part of the movie has just always bugged me!

A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the most iconic horror movies of all time, it started Johnny Depps career, he next when onto Edward Scissorhands which helped to Sky Rocket the actor to fame, this was the introduction to Freddy and the movie is now protected in the American Film Institute.

A great start for this franchise and one of the better Elm Street movies, I watch this every Halloween and will continue to do so but even though this is the one I choose to re-watch the most I wouldn’t say it’s my absolute favorite in the franchise.

Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987)

And here we are at nightmare 3 a fan favourite of the series and honestly it is my favourite too.

The film follows new lead Kristen a teenage girl who has the ability to bring people into her dreams, this is the sister power to Nancy Thompson who was able to bring people and items from her dreams into the real world.

After a Freddy Nightmare that ends with a false suicide attempt she is sent to a psychiatric hospital for suicidal children. The New Psychiatrist is none other than Nancy Thompson who knows the truth of who haunts their dreams and wants to train them to find their Dream Powers and kick Freddy’s Ass!

I think this is a good point to say that this is where the franchise really began to find its feet and become less serious and more fun while still remaining generally creepy and unnerving, the franchise would later go off the rails but this for me was its sweet spot.

The Dreams in this one really start to get creative with how they were portrayed, in previous films the dreams would mostly take place in Elm Street but here we get to see punk inspired alleyways and a Hellscape inspired take on the classic boiler room set, Dreams that can add more creativity and have a lot more lee way allowing the franchise its creative freedoms.

Other creative choices such as stop motion, puppets and clay animation was used numerous times to help really expand Freddy’s capabilities, the snake was my favourite effect but Puppet Freddy was definitely another highlight.

The kills in this one are some of the most memorable and best in the franchise, “Welcome to Prime Time Bitch” a line improvised by Freddy actor Robert Englund before he smashes Jennifer’s head into the tv screen is easily Freddy’s best known one liner and of course the gruesome death of Philip who is quite literally controlled and forced to fall from an abandoned tower block.

A hilarious moment I have to mention is the wizard master, the costume is just so awful and cringe worthy, the line he says “In the name of Lowrek, Prince of Elves, demon, begone!” doesnt help but it is hilariously goofy and I love it

Some more Freddy Lore was added into this movie thanks to the ghost of his mother Amanda Krueger explaining to secondary protagonist Dr Neil Gordon that Freddy is the bastard child of 100 psychopaths after she was accidently locked in with inmates and got raped repeatably and left bearing a child.

We also find out that Freddy absorbs the powers of his victims as there souls become trapped within his flesh.

It is really hard to see this as nothing more than a perfect Freddy movie because of what it brings to franchise but takes it down a less serious route without completely losing those scares. I love the return of Nancy Thomson and her father and of course the outlandish sets, new lore, amazing lovable characters and just brilliant effects really help this one to not only be the best in the series but also the movie that I feel really made Freddy Krueger find his place as a horror icon.

I am ashamed to say that while this is my favourite horror franchise it got painful to get through near the end, Freddy is such an iconic character and will always be my favourite but compared to other franchises this one was the shortest for films and how long he remained relevant, which a shame because it never had to be that way but too many changes and a lack of direction very quickly killed off this horror icon.

My final opinion of the 6 Elm Street movies is that you should only really go out of your way to watch the original film and Dream Warriors, both of these films tell Nancy’s story and overall would have been great finale for Freddy before his franchise lost its way.

Wes Craven would later go onto make his New Nightmare, a great spin off film where he finally got to create the Freddy Character he originally envisioned and as dark as he originally intended

October 31st we will finally be talking about that one so please look forward to that!

In the meantime check out my official Friday the 13th Rankings and my official Child’s Play Rankings

Oh and BTW the official Freddy vs Jason crossover will be added into both the Elm Street List and the Friday the 13th List but in due time as I need to re-watch the entire Jason franchise to figure out exactly where it will fit in.
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Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One (2021) Review

Based on the character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One is the latest Sherlock Holmes videogame, it was developed and published by Frogswares for the PC, PS5 and Xbox Series S/X with versions for last gen consoles coming soon.

This is an origin story for our favourite detective so you wont be seeing Dr Watson in the game. The Plot actually sees a younger Sherlock Holmes returning to the Island of Cordona to revisit his family home and try to find out why his mother died.

He is joined by his imaginary friend Jon who acts as his conscience but at times seems to have a mind of his own.

While figuring out the answers to one of his biggest family secrets word of his unique detective skills gets around and young sherlock finds himself solving various different mysteries before he can finally get some answers.

The game is an open world Action/Mystery videogame based in the early 1800’s. It differs from a lot of other open world games as their is very little action segments and those that do exist can be skipped with very little effect to the player.

The Main Quest is very short and in order to get the most out of the game you really need to be focussing on the side cases and collectables.

The Gameplay is all very similar throughout the experience, you are a detective putting clues together to solve crimes, there are various ways to do this but some of the most frequent ways to solve a case are by examining a crime scene, you can view certain objects to gather information and you can even check for much smaller details such as blood spots on the carpets or scratches in woodwork etc.

Some people wont speak to Sherlock in his expensive suit so putting on different disguises is absolutely necessary, these can be purchased from various street sellers, you can also purchase furniture for your home from sellers across the island.

There are three archives you can visit, Police (Crimes), Cordona Chronicle (News) and Cordona City Hall (Official/Legal Documents). Depending on your clue you need to decide which will be the most useful to visit, you first need to select your clue from your case file then you can choose three key words to try and match some further information. For example if I was looking for a news article about an escaped monkey in Scaladio 100 years ago I would visit Cordona Chronicle and would search 1700’s – Front Page – Scaladio and that would then match the correct information.

Once you have enough of an idea of how a crime was committed you will be able to enter Sherlocks imagination where he can individually choose positions and actions to determine the most likely possibility of a crime before making his final decision in his mind palace.

Some items you collect during investigations can be chemically analysed to find out what certain stains or substances are. This process requires players to complete a small math puzzle where they need to find clever ways to match the required outcome by either dividing, adding, subtracting or doubling numbers.

The mind palace is where sherlock is able to connect all of his clues and make his final judgement of who is the culprit and how they should be punished, this normally results in whether he lets them go or reports them to the authorities but in more serious cases he can even suggest the death sentence.

The cases are almost perfect from a gameplay perspective you really do feel like a detective but if there is one issue I would say that Jon should have been a developed a little differently, throughout the game he constantly complains when you make mistakes but the game isn’t very clear on what direction you should be heading in, the clues are very complex in areas and I think that Jon maybe should have been used more as a hint system or a way to help players with trickier clues. I used a walkthrough more than once and I am not ashamed to admit that because this game can be really hard at times due to its lack of direction.

While the detective and mystery elements of the game really shine I feel its combat is a little lackluster, thankfully as I have already stated you can skip these but in case you want to do them, the idea is to shoot off armour and use the environment to stun enemies so you can arrest them, you can kill people but you will be penalised for this.

The problem with the combat is that its really slow paced and because of the lack of ways to interact and stun enemies it gets repetitive very quickly, towards the end of the game I found myself really enjoying the fact that I didn’t have to do these parts.

While your running around the island, eves dropping on locals and solving side cases there are actually 24 hidden treasures you can find by using photographic clues given to you by the treasure master.

These are actually quite cryptic and really challenging to find, they are a great way to have a break from the rest of the game which all follows a very similar gameplay pattern and there are some trophies to unlock if you collect these.

The game is lacking in its visuals, graphically its not really up to scratch with the modern hardware its been released on however that is not to say that it isn’t impressive. This is not a triple A game and it had a much smaller budget than some other games on modern systems, It doesn’t even have a physical release which says a lot in how much money was able to be pumped into it, what is really impressive is how the developers managed to make the world so realistic and immersive. The 1800 style really works in the games favour for being pretty cool to explore especially for fans of history. The load times are really fast and there is no issue with background items loading in too late. The developers were really clever with how they managed to hide invisible barriers, by putting Sherlock on an Island they are able to allow him to explore almost anywhere that he can walk too, he cant jump so he is restricted to the ground and since he cant swim the only barrier is the ocean which drowns him when entered. Smart game design like this allows players to remain immersed in the gameplay without obvious blocks taking away from the experience.

The soundtrack isn’t too special but I don’t think it needed to be, the small music tracks it uses are very simple and mellow, I does pick up during combat for the most part you are so focused on solving cases you forget the music is even there, so unfortunately I don’t have much to say about the OST here apart from its neither good nor bad.

Sherlock Holmes Chapter One was a lot better than I expected, I really enjoyed the freedom that came with the open world, I spent a lot of time focussing on the side content and really going after all the trophies which I did manage to pull off, they are quite easy to get and a good chunk are rewarded for making certain moral decisions and doing Jon’s various challenges.

The main quest line is fine enough but its very short especially on a second playthrough so again you really will want to do everything to get your moneys worth with this one, especially since you will be paying a fair bit on money as the game is not cheap for digital only.

Overall I really enjoyed this game but even with all of impressive features its got some pretty serious issues in its gameplay, the combat is creative but badly pulled off, again you can skip these but that’s still no excuse, the main puzzle solving and the mystery parts are really cool but a little bit too cryptic at times which can effect peoples enjoyment as just little hints would have been useful to help get us in the right direction without having to use the internet.

However I did get excited to play this game whenever I got the chance, even though I did use a walkthrough a couple of times I was still really invested in the story and cases I was solving, I thought the world was really well animated, it felt how I would imagine the 1800’s to be and the characters were all really interesting. I think it was a great choice to do an origin story as well before Sherlock becomes famous, who knows maybe one day we will get another game in this style, perhaps with Dr Watson?

6/10

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Ranking the original Child’s Play movies

Hes everyone ones favourite killer doll with an impressive film collection to his name but how do the 7 movies in the original Childs Play series holdup?

Today I will be ranking and discussing all of them, I wont be covering the remake as I want to focus on the original storyline but I do have plans for these horror film remakes in the far future.

Obviously this is just my personal opinion and I will be ranking this list based more on which ones I want to re watch more than the quality of the films, this is purely rated by my own viewing pleasure and your list may be very different to mine.

With all that said and done lets get straight into this crazy series of films !

Curse of Chucky – 2013

The only curse this movie has is how boring it is and the fact that it makes very little sense in the timeline of events

The very much alive Chucky doll is shipped to a wheelchaired bound girl in a posh old mansion, the doll is in near mint condition considering that the last movie had his head, arms, and legs cut off.

The face is later revealed to be a mask hiding Chucky’s wounds but the arms and legs are never explained neither is what happened after the events of the last movie Seed of Chucky.

The casting is pretty decent here no one does a bad job and the main character Nica and her niece Alice are fantastic in their roles, Summer Howell who plays Alice is exceptionally good here and in my opinion is actually a lot more likeable than the series first hero Andy Barclay.

A couple of fun cameos from Tiffany and Andy are in this film and were some of the only really memorable moments for me, never the less its great to finally see Andy return as his “ending” in Childs Play 3 was less than satisfactory.

The twist ending was unexpected and a highlight of the movie, it was really cool to see a teeny bit of back story for Charles Lee Ray and the events which led to him running into the toy shop in the original Child’s Play.

I know I’m biased here because a lot of people really like this movie but I don’t really get it, yes I know its gone back to the horror side of the franchise and that’s great but I just found it no where near as entertaining as any of the other films, they don’t even have any great sets in this it practically takes place in one building minus a few scenes.

The kills were pretty basic compared to the last two movies and while overall it continues the Chucky storyline this is one film that I personally will not look forward to watching again if I decide to another Chucky marathon in the future.

Seed of Chucky-2004

Where to start with this one..

Taking place 3 years after the events of Bride of Chucky, a young adolescent doll named “shitface” later to be renamed as Glen” is trying to figure out where they belong.

The old Chucky and Tiffany dolls are being used as props in their own feature film, Glen notices that these two dolls on TV also have “made in Japan” so insists that they are their lost parents. So they travel to the movie studio to resurrect Mum and Dad !

This movie is insane, this is 100 percent a comedy film and it works as such, it being so ridiculous in its premise and delivery makes for a lot of funny moments. My favourite is Tiffany calling the wife of a cop she killed in the fourth movie and apologising and saying that she was seeking help after a self help book says she should make amends with the people she’s hurt, the scene where she is on the phone with Jennifer Tilly and her personal aid is also pretty funny as they both sound the same being played by the same actress.

We got double Jennifer Tilley she’s plays her self in this as well as the Tiffany doll and she is just amazing as she always is in her performances, she works so well in comedy films and parodies and even playing two characters in this she pulls off two very memorable performances.

Unfortunately I don’t have much more positive things to say about this one. I think Child Play works so much better when it’s taken less seriously but there needs to be a fine line and I think this jumped too far over it.

Everything from its premise to the kills is so over the top that this feels more like a Robot Chicken or Scary Movie segment and that’s the best way I can describe it. It doesn’t feel right more of a parody than an actual entry in the franchise, I like silly Chucky but this is just way too much !! There is a way it can be done well and it has been done much better in this very film series.

Seed of Chucky is a fun movie in its own ways but for me it just doesn’t work as well as some of the other films in the franchise, I understand that this is meant to extremely ridiculous and they took a comedy route here but even some of the other silly movies didn’t go quite this hard and I feel that’s this movies biggest issue, it steered a little bit too far from that nice balance of silliness and seriousness and that’s why Seed of Chucky is so low on this list.

Childs Play 3 – 1991

Childs Play 3 is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to these movies, this is because while it is generally a pretty underwhelming film it is still entertaining enough that it is enjoyable

The casting is really bad in this movie as well, it primarily takes place in a military academy, Andy this time played by Justin Whalin and plays the character as a young adolescence and he does an ok job but its nothing to write home about, a lot of the acting from the entire cast is either very monotone or extremely over the top.

They play the military stereotypes really hard in this movie, you have the bully character, the nerd, the pychopath, the abusive drill sergeant, the struggling newbie and the cool character. Its cliche and nothing special, Chucky is straight up silly in this movie dropping lines like “This means war” and DONT FUCK WITH THE CHUCK!

If there one thing I can say about the film its gotta be that last set they made for theme park., it is so cool inside of the Ghost train, the graveyard scene with all the zombies jumping out is quite scary even though its fake and the final battle with Chucky in the hell segment is very symbiotic of his evil and again it just generally is really cool to look at, I wish they made ghost trains like that in real life.

Child Play 3 is an entertaining movie but its just bad for a movie in this series, it lacked in creativity not only doing the whole voodoo soul stick for the third in a row but also taking place in a school full of weapons which did take a tole on the creativity of the kills. The only redeemable moment in the film was that ending ghost train scene and apart from that while it isn’t boring it just plain sucks.

Cult of Chucky – 2017

After a disappointing and forgetful prior film this movie in my opinion really took the franchise to a place where it needed to be a well balanced silly but serious movie.

Nica now in a mental institution is convinced by the system into believing that she was the person who murdered her family that is until Tiffany disguised as Jennifer Tilley delivers the Chucky Doll directly to her which starts to trigger not only awful memories for Nica but a series of creative murders as well.

The kills are not the best that we have seen in the series but they are a upgrade to the last movie, we get another glass ceiling death similar to Seed of Chucky which was definitely my favourite death in the film.

A really cool idea introduced to this film was that Chucky is now able to transfer his soul into various dolls and people allowing him to be in multiple places at once, this idea could be quite scary if it wasn’t made clear who was possessed at anytime, but because we are told who has the soul transferred into them it takes away a lot of the suspense and I hope the upcoming TV series handles this a lot better.

The original Chucky dolls head is still alive and being kept at Andy Barclays home, it is really beat up but looks pretty damn awesome, also it was great to see Kyle back even for such a small cameo

Cult of Chucky was a fun movie, it took the franchise to new levels by changing up its rules, I like that Chucky is more of a transferrable soul now than just stuck in his body, like I said it could be a scary premise if they wanted go down that route, other than that, the acting is great here and there is much more screen time for Tiffany who at this point I think I like even more than Chucky himself.

Child Play – 1988

Oh dear the one that started it all and barely making the top three !

The first Childs Play is easily the creepiest film in the series although that doesn’t mean it isn’t at all goofy

Moments like Charles Lee Ray saying a voodoo ritual to get his souls transferred into the good guy doll is pretty ridiculous and of course we have the infamous voodoo torturing scene which both stand out as pretty non intentionally hilarious.

Yeah this is a pretty voodoo heavy film !

But that’s not to say that this does not have its creepy moments, there is one scene where the mom character finally discovers that the doll is possessed and once Chucky realises the iconic line “Hi I’m Chucky wanna play” is said and its actually quite memorable for being the biggest scare of the film, well that’s my opinion anyway.

The scenes building up to this moment we only see Andy putting the doll to his ear, there are kills that could easily link to Andy having serious mental problems and being the killer and these moments are very well directed, of course once the doll actually being alive is revealed it does go a little bit off the rails with chucky saying curse words and becoming the comic relief of the film.

The only other thing to really note here is that there a good number of explosions which are not exactly realsitic considering their size, at times I had to wonder if this had been directed by Michael bay they were of such epic proportions.

The casting here is fine enough the only person who is remotely memorable bar Chucky is Catherine Hicks who played Karen Barclay I thought she gave a really believable performance, she played Andy’s mother and she fitted her role perfectly portraying a desperate woman who is dealing with her son murdering all her friends and trying to prevent him from being taken away from her.

Alex Vincent who plays Andy was only a little boy when this movie came out so I don’t want to rip into his performance too much but most people would agree that he is very annoying in this and obviously his acting is not great due to his age but that’s all I will say on the subject as I feel its unfair to really criticise him in this.

I love this movie, the first Childs play is half phycological horror and half comedy but its never too overtop compared to its many sequels, I watch this every Halloween and any other time I get the chance, its a super fun movie and one of personal favourites.

Bride of Chucky (1998)

This movie is where the series took a complete U-turn and completely rebranded its self while also sticking to the original storyline and events.

Before we begin I want to explain that this takes place 10 years after the events of Childs Play 3 and Andy is missing from this movie and never mentioned once, its very weird considering he was such a big part of the first trilogy but keeping that in mind lets get straight into it.

A new killer is shown in this movie Tiffany, a freaky cook played by one of my favourite Actresses Jennifer Tilly, Tilley’s comedic scene chewing works extremely well for her character in this.

Her reading Voodoo for Dummies gets me every time, its little moments like this that goes to show that this is not at all meant to be a full on horror movie, most of the kills and moments are goofy, its works really well as a comedy but still has some serious storytelling on offer and I think it was a great direction to take the series.

When they are both dolls I think the movie starts to get really fun because because both of these killers personalities bounce of each other very well and in a weird way they make a creepy but cute couple.

I cant discuss this movie without talking about the sex scene, Chucky get laid in this movie and it is hilarious, while this is important to set up the sequel this is probably the funniest scene in the movie, its super weird but pretty funny to know that even though they are trapped in their doll bodies the sex organs work just fine!

The kills in this movie are fantastic, early on Tiff tells chucky he needs to up his game and give up the boring stabbings, from this point on all murders are ridiculous but in a good way and it makes these movies standout from the competitors, I think my favourite was the couple being killed by the broken glass ceiling in the hotel room quickly followed by Chucky stuffing a burning t-shirt into a cars petrol tank and blowing up the ass hole cop that was inside.

What else can I really say about this one, it is such a great movie and by far its up there as a classic, I think Chucky works better when he not taken too seriously, a lot of the slasher movies from this era went goofy and didn’t work but it seems for Chucky hes better being silly than scary, in fact he was never really a scary character and when Bride of Chucky came out the new owners Universal definitely seemed to know this.

The casting is pretty good in the film Jennifer Tilly is amazing and of course Brad Dourif as Chucky is fine, the rest of the cast are good and while none of them stood out apart from the dolls I have no complaints.

stick this one on your spooky marathon list, it is great, really freaking stupid but it works so flipping well !

Child’s Play 2 (1990)

The second Childs Play is my favourite movie in the series for a lot of reasons.

The casting here is great and a massive improvement to the first movie and even know a lot of the later films had memorable performances, this was one of the only films where I think everyone did a fine job.

Andy is less annoying by this point and of course Chucky is fantastic in this, his character is just starting to get more into the goofy side than horror so his moments are memorable for being a little over the top as well as a little menacing. The death of the teacher is one of my favourites mainly because shes a massive bitch and seeing her get her comeuppance by the toy doll she confiscated is just too funny.

In the film Andys mother is in a mental health facility as no one believes her about Chucky so Andy is placed into temporary care with a Foster family.

The family are a lot of fun on screen the two parents played by Jenny Agutter and Gerrit Graham play two very different characters who bounce well off each other as the serious father figure and nurturing mother.

The Foster sister Kyle is one of better side kick characters for Andy is the series, she’s played by Christine Elise who does a grand job as the misunderstood teenager who at first doesn’t believe Andy but by the end of the film she teams up to defeat Charles Lee Ray once again!

Plenty of locations were shot for this film and they are very visually appealing, I love the Foster home with its creepy basement and old fashioned layout and of course the factory is really cool. The opening shots of the movie are of the burned chucky doll getting restored its quite creepy but at the end of the film the final battle in the factory is fantastic, the best part is when Chucky gets sent into the doll building machine backwards and we get to see him as a deformed version himself. He has a lot of great looks in this scene one, he has a knife hand, he gets his legs destroyed so has to wheel himself around and then there is the terrifying melting version before he gets his head exploded by gas pressure, it’s all really awesome and one of the better finales

Childs Play 2 is just a phenomenal film and is in my opinion not only the best in this franchise but one of the best movies ever made especially during the era of slashers, a lot of Chucky’s competitors had pretty weak second movies so its nice to see one work so well.

And that my official ranking of the Childs Play series !, Of course the TV series isnt out yet but I will add it to this list in the future as it does continue the story in this timeline.

So do you agree with my picks or would you have ranked these differently let me know in the comments below 🙂

Here is a link to last years ranking of the original 10 Friday the 13th movies

Happy Halloween 2021, I hope you have a Spooktacular day, have fun but also stay safe !

Next month we are back to regualr reviews before Christmas so I will see you then

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American Gothic 1988 Review

Inspired by the famous painting by Grant Wood, this low budget horror film from the 1980’s is one of the most bizarre films I have watched in a long time.

This is a classic broken down car movie, in this case its a plane and our five young victims are stuck on a seemingly abandoned island, they begin camping for the night and the next morning they discover an old farm house which hasn’t changed since the 1900’s there is no electricity and all of the decor and furniture is old and worn, they assume the house is abandoned that is until the peculiar owners arrive.

The disturbing family that lives in this house are just as old fashioned as the house, they are all followers of god and live by his rules.

They all play a role and its quite strange, the mother and father are simple enough they follow very strict rules and swear by the lord but its the children that are the creepiest and most disturbing.

The daughter character Fanny believes herself to be 12 years old even though she is clearly a middle aged adult, she still plays with her dolls and cares for her dead baby which is literally the skeleton of a dead infant, its quite disgusting and could be upsetting for some viewers.

The two brother characters also play themselves as a much younger age, the big fella teddy is particularly dangerous and cannot control his own strength going as far as breaking someone neck without hardly touching it.

The ending of the film is quite unsettling and left me with a lot of questions, im going to discuss it now so if you dont want spoilers you may want to stop here !

The last survivor is Cythia, throughout the film we realise she is struggling from PTSD after she let her baby drown in the bath, she is clearly unwell and she becomes more and more detached from reality as her friends slowly turn up dead.

By the end of the film she has a chance to run away but chooses to go back to the house, here she is dressed up like a little child and begins acting that way aswell.

She eventually ends up killing Fanny over the baby declaring the corpse as her child and the rage of pulling its head off (yes I did warn you this is quite gross and in someways aged quite poorly) she winds up killing everyone else before returning to the baby’s room to rock its cradle.

What I was left wondering after the movie is why were these people living in the past? and are they all blood relations? The reason I ask the second question is because the one son Woody is quite old and doesn’t look too different to his “father” are these other people who have been lost on the island and brain washed? the reason why they live in the past I cant figure out apart from maybe its religious choices inspired by the Amish or something like that but I honestly have no idea.

I stumbled across this movie by complete accident and I am happy I did, its a very weird horror movie, its not scary but is disturbing and unsettling from a psychological standpoint. The dead baby is a bit much for me personally and I have to be honest I don’t really want to watch it again because of that, and its not that I’m offended but its just a bit too messed up for me to really enjoy it.

Baby cadavers aside this is an ok film, its a little slow at the beginning and apart from the family the main victims that we are meant to root for are pretty boring and not very relatable, I like the idea of the film but I feel its ambitious ideas do you leave it with more than one plothole and unanswered questions so I wouldn’t really recommend this unless you really like cheaply made, dumb horror flicks.

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Book Review: The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches is a children’s novel written by British Author Roald Dahl, it begins in Norway after a young boys parents have died and he has been left under the care of his grandmother, his grandmother tells him all about the dangers of witches and how to spot them amongst humans. In this book witches are child killers that use magic to murder children in very discreet and clever methods such as turning them to stone or trapping their soul in a painting.

Later on in the book the boy and his grandmother end up holidaying in the same hotel that the witches of England are holding their annual meeting where he overhears a plot to turn all of the children in England into mice.

Will the boy and his grandmother be able to stop the witches and save the children of England?

You will have to read the book to find out 😉

What an excellent read this was although I must point out that it is rather dark and has themes of death, murder and coping with the inevitable, there is also a lot of tobacco use and alcohol in the book, without spoiling the ending it was happy but did have a darker tone to it than most children’s novels.

The characters in the book are all very simple but at the same time wonderfully imaginative thanks to the mind of Roald Dahl, the witches were in my opinion the best part of the book both equally funny and scary enough to not quite give you nightmares but send a chill down your spine, the grandmother was another favourite character of mine as I enjoyed her sense of humour and odd view of the world.

I would recommend this even if you have seen the 1990 film adaptation because while there are similarities the book differs in many ways that you could class them as two different versions of the story especially considering the light hearted ending of the movie compared to the original story.

As an adult I cant say that I enjoyed this as much as I did when I was younger but I would still recommend this to any young persons wanting an excellent book to read.

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Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games is the first in a trilogy of rather gruesome books written for Young Adults, the book takes place in North America however it is now a large city called Panem, Panem has twelve districts within its borders and each district is controlled by the Capital, the districts are all slightly different for example one district may focus heavily on coal mining while another may focus more on harvesting crops, these districts tend to be filled with lower and middle class citizens while the upper class who can afford a life of luxury live in the Capitol.

The Capitol holds an event every year called the Hunger Games and during the event two tributes one boy and one girl from each district are chosen at random to take part in a  live event where they will fight to the death in order for both them and their families to be able to live a better lifestyle by moving out of the district and into the Capital.

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The main protagonist of the series is Katniss Everdeen a 16 year old girl from District 12, Katniss lost her father in a coal mining accident and due to her mother being very sick has too put all of the food on the table and takes care of both her mother and little sister Prim, The first Hunger Games book is a thrill ride from beginning to end, in my opinion it only gets really good once the actual Hunger Games begin, its during the games that you get to see the strengths and weaknesses of each character although the book mostly follows Katniss on her journey, the book is a lot better than the movie in my opinion as I felt that the characters were better presented here and also certain events were better written than they were portrayed in the film.

The Hunger Games is emotional, tragic and intense all the way through and its bound to keep you interested, at some points I got so lost in the book that time would just fly by without me realising, its one of the best books I’ve read in a long time and it is a great start to my Reading schedule for 2018

Not so Christmas Review: Chicken Run

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Chicken Run is a very unusual movie to say the least, Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman teamed up with Dreamworks animation to make an animated version of the Great Escape starring chickens and its fantastic.

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In a slightly kinder interpretation of a Nazi Concentration Camp Chickens are forced to produce eggs for their farmers and if they dont produce enough eggs for the week then its off to the chopping block, all of the chickens are miserable and want to escape but with the farmers Mr and Mrs Tweedy only living only a few feet away from the pen and their sadistic dogs killing any chickens that get out of the pen escape looks near impossible, that is until one day a rooster lands into the pen and Ginger (One of the chickens) sees this rooster as their saving Grace possibly giving them a chance to escape their captivity.

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The Voice Acting in Chicken Run is really great but to be honest I don’t recognize much of the cast except for two people, the first is Miranda Richardson who plays Mrs Tweedy and of course Mel Gibson who plays Rocky the Rooster.

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The Animation is done using stop motion, but like many of the past Aardman productions which have used this method the stop motion in Chicken Runs animation is so smooth that it may fool you into thinking it was made using CGI, due to the nature of the the film most of imagery is dark and depressing most likely to match the atmosphere of the film, I did notice that happier characters were decorated with brighter colours but I’m not sure if these colours were to help empathise their good spirits.

Chicken Run is one of greatest British animated films of all time and it needs to be seen by everyone, I’m not sure if it was released outside of Europe but if you haven’t seen it then you can stream it on Netflix or you can purchase the film if you would like to support Aardman to make more great movies.

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The Wolf Man (1941) Review

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The Wolf Man is quite a peculiar production as for an older film it doesn’t throw the possibility of a monster into your face, it is entirely possible that Larry Talbot didn’t actually get turned into a werewolf and it may just be the trauma of him killing a wolf and the old folk tales that have driven him into madness and turned him into a serial killer who doesn’t know that he is a murderer.

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The Title role is played by Lon Chaney Jr who is the second son of Lon Chaney aka the man of a thousand faces, the Wolf Man is a very sympathetic monster and I would argue that he is the most sympathetic of the Universal Monsters even more so than the Frankenstein Monster because even though the Monster didn’t understand his actions and didn’t realise he was causing harm Larry Talbot had no control over his actions at all when he transformed into the Wolf Man and once he transformed back into a man he couldn’t even remember what he had done just a few hours before.

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The make up for the Wolf Man was once again created by Jack Pierce who did work in some of the previous movies we have taken a look at this month, during the production process it is a well known fact that Lon Chaney Jr and Jack Pierce didn’t get along at all, the photograph above is very famous as it looks like Chaney is about to punch Jack Pierce in the face and while many believe it to be genuine I personally believe that Chaney is just messing around and having a laugh.

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A few famous face made their way into the Wolf Man including big stars Claude Rains and Bela Legosi, other well known actors include the likes of Maria Ouspenskaya and Evelyn Ankers.

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The sets and prop design for the Wolf Man are absolutely beautiful, from Talbot castle to the design of the silver cane and the most amazing set design has got to go to the forest where the Wolf Man makes most of his kills, the designers added a mystifying fog for a more spooky effect but I like to think that the fog is to symbolize getting lost in the forest while trying to hide from the wolf in a similar manner to Red Riding Hood or broadway productions such as Into the Woods.

the_wolf_man_1941_poster_2_by_smalltownhero The Wolf Man is a really fun movie to watch, unlike the Invisible Man which used a lot of comedy to entertain its audience the Wolf Man is fun due to its fast pace, it has a good build up to the monster but unlike some films it doesn’t wait too long for its reveal, the movie is quite action packed for a horror and I am sure it would have scared the pants off people back in the day, a cool fact is that the Wolf Man created the legacy that were wolves can only be killed by silver and also that if they bite another person they too will transform into a were wolf.

With his hairy make up and terrifying growl the Wolf Man is a horror movie to watch every year.

The Wolf Man is generous with its Bonus Features it includes four documentaries, original trailers and a commentary track

you can purchase the Universal Classics Monsters Collection on Blu-ray here

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A DVD version can be bought here

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Death Note Anime Review

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I have reviewed many anime films on this website but have never gone over a show before, I suppose I have to start somewhere and what’s a better show to start with than the mind bending sadistic show that is Death Note !

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This is Light Yagami an intelligent high school graduate and natural genius, Light is the first human in the anime to find one of the famous note books known as a Death Note, a Death Note is a notebook owned by a Shinigami (God of Death) and if a human beings name is written in the Death Note that human being will die of a heart attack after 40 seconds, the author of the Death Note can choose the method of death if they write that in the Death Note within 30 seconds of writing the victims name, another rule is that they can only kill a victim with the Death Note if they know the face of the person they are killing the reason for this rule is that there may be many people who share the same first and last name

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Ryuk is the Shinigami that dropped the Death Note into the human realm, he did this for his own entertainment and he enjoys watching Light use the Death Note.

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Light originally uses the Death Note to kill criminals, his father is the chief of police and because of this he has been brought up with a strong sense of justice, unfortunately for Light his mysterious murders start a serious police investigation that is led by his father, he also gains a lot of support from followers who think of Light as a god and these followers refer to him as Kira which is the Japanese pronunciation of the word Killer, the police hire a private detective who is known as L, L suspects Light of being Kira and he sends people to investigate him this makes Light begin his journey towards madness and he begins to use the Death Note to kill anyone who gets in his way making him a very dangerous serial killer.

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Later on into the anime Light actually joins the investigation team that is investigating him, the show gets really intense the further you get through it and its really cool to see just how psychotic Light becomes when his evil persona begins to take over his life.

Without giving away too many spoilers that’s about all I can say about Death note, it is one of the most unique anime I have ever seen, the animation is amazing for 2007, it uses a great blend of shadow and light effects to help emphasize the dark nature of the show as well as to give the art a more realistic style, I thought the voice acting on the English dub was very well done its not often that you can notice the amount of love and effort that was put into every characters personality and style of voice, I cant say much about the music in the show, none of it was that memorable and I didn’t even enjoy the theme song that much.

Death Note is a very popular anime and it has reason to be, I don’t think it could be recommended for everyone due to how dark the premise is but if you like dark anime then you should give this one a shot.

They did release two specials after the show ended the first was Death Note Rewrite Visions of a God and the second was Death Note Rewrite 2 L’s Successors, apart from the first 10 minutes both of these are just a compilation of clips from the show and I recommend skipping them

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