So I’m sitting at work today, eating lunch, flipping through channels trying to find something to watch. I must have passed through a 100 boring options. Then, I come across ‘Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors.’ YES PLEASE! So I really only stopped because I can barely remember what happened in the movie, but I remember loving it as a kid. After looking up the release date while writing this, I see that I was only 6 when this movie came out and the majority of you reading this weren’t even close to being born. But this article isn’t about “Elm Street Dream Warriors.” It’s about bringing back one of the most famous horror icons of all time. And bringing him back the right way!
One thing about Krueger, he didn’t f’around… Okay, well actually he did. In fact that’s all he did. Freddy Krueger is a serial killer of children, who was burned to death by the people who lived in his town, that found out about his sick nature. He returned after death to wreak havoc on the children of his killers in their dreams. Krueger’s demonic powers stem from the fear of his child victims.
Nightmare on Elm Street that stared Robert Englund was the first of it’s kind. My reasoning behind this statement is that, It was one of the first films that blended horror and comedy. Remember, I was 6 when “Dream Warriors” came out which was the 3rd installment and I was excited to see it.
‘Nightmare on Elm Street was the perfect blend of Horror and comedy. It actually pushed the boundaries of imagination and what could be possible for the horror film genre. Just imagine one of the scariest movie villains of all-time, yet you almost wanted to root for him. We always knew Freddy had to lose but we loved to see him win the small victories.
“Nightmare on Elm Street” tried to reboot back in 2010 starring Jackie Earle and was met with some harsh criticism. It’s tough to reboot classics, especially horror.
But I’m saying it’s time for another chance. The great Robert Englund has expressed that he won’t be returning for any future Krueger franchises and also his disinterest in the rebooted material.
But in an era of Reboots, remakes and rehashes, how can we let this one go? Heck, we’ve had two different “Spider-Men” in 4yrs.
“Nightmare on Elm Street could easily transcend time and be one of those movie franchises that pulls itself into modern cinema. Today’s audience is okay with rated R movies, aka ‘DEADPOOL!’
Blood, gore and violence means nothing to us in the modern age. Now throw in comedy! You basically have Deadpool, but he is trying to kill everyone in their dreams and everyone is trying to kill him.
Tell me, who should direct and who should star as Krueger in a new ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Film?
M. Night Shyamalan | Old – Official Trailer
A thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day.
July 23, 2021
M. Night Shyamalan
Rufus Sewell, Thomasin McKenzie, Embeth Davidtz, Eliza Scanlen, Abbey Lee, Alex Wolff, Gael García Bernal
A Quiet Place Part II | Review
This review is spoiler-free.
It’s not often that a film comes along and demands to be seen on the big screen, creating a cinematic experience unlike any other and that’s something the Quiet Place films definitely do. I may have learnt this the hard way, by watching the first film on a plane and not really enjoying it, only to re-watch it again at home and really like it. But now, seeing A Quiet Place Part II in an IMAX cinema, having not been in a cinema for months, it is truly a spectacular cinematic event.
After a brief flashback sequence to when the creatures first arrived, A Quiet Place Part II picks up exactly where the first film left off. If you’ve seen the first, you’ll know that it ended in a very exciting position and now we witness the Abbott family struggling to navigate and struggling to survive in the post-apocalyptic world, ravaged by monsters that hunt by sound.
AQP2 is a really tense and engaging thriller film however it never quite reaches the heights that its predecessor did. The first film managed to create a level of immense tension and sustain that pretty much the entire way through the film’s runtime. Here, it feels like there were certain scenes that were very tense and have you squirming in your seat but the bits between these scenes lack the same sense of dread and fear that the first did and in that sense the sequel is not quite as tight as the first.
At just 97 minutes long, it’s only 7 minutes longer than the first but it does feel quite a bit longer. The first film goes by in a flash and it’s over before you know it and whilst AQP2 doesn’t feel overly long, the pacing of it makes you notice the runtime that bit more than the first film.
There are a few very suspenseful and scary moments in it, particularly the opening flashback scene to the Abbott family’s first encounter with the creatures. In fact, even that pesky nail from the first film makes a small cameo here but what stands out so much and what makes it a real ‘cinema film’ is the fantastic sound design. Every single time one of the creatures is even remotely near one of the main characters or any time that the creatures just might be nearby, the sound design completely draws you into it and makes you feel like you’re there and that’s what makes these frightening moments all the more impactful.
A lot of the criticisms and faults with A Quiet Place Part II do largely come from the fact that it’s not as good as the first and it’s weaker by comparison, but it’s still a very smart and entertaining film that provides some genuine chills. The concept of creatures that hunt on sound is such a great idea and it plays out on screen so well. Every single time one of the main characters make even the slightest noise your heart stops and your hold your breath, waiting to see if the creatures are going to show up and if our heroes will meet their untimely demise.
One issue I had with the film was that you could always tell where the next scare was going to come from. The film is by no means predictable, it just sticks to some generic tropes and it’s clear where it’s going. Everyone knows in a scary situation in a horror movie you don’t split up. But that doesn’t stop our protagonists from doing so and it’s small details like that that when they happen you can immediately tell the consequences of certain actions will crop up again a few scenes later. But even when that payoff comes it’s still shocking and the film still delivers in the thrills and scares that you want from a film like this.
A Quiet Place Part II is a riveting and frightening film and whilst it doesn’t quite match the level of tension achieved in the first, it is nonetheless a hugely entertaining film and one that you absolutely must see on the biggest screen you can.
A Quiet Place Part II is released in UK cinemas on June 3
A Quiet Place Part 2 – Movie Review
Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realise the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path. Luke Hearfield gives his thoughts on the long-awaited sequel once again directed by John Krasinski and starring his real life wife Emily Blunt. It’s time to head back to the cinema and enjoy the experience of sitting in a room full of strangers and sharing the collective feeling of deliciously uncomfortable silence.
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