1.03.2009

TEN SEQUELS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL : PART TEN























YOUR ARGUMENT
The original is just that - ORIGINAL. Nothing can touch it. Dream Warriors & New Nightmare came close, but the absolute worst of the series is the misguided, laughable, and homophobic Freddy's Revenge.
MY ARGUMENT
The arguments I've heard against this film are about as one-dimensional as a Wes Craven movie. & I think the things people hate about it are, for the most part, the things I like.
Firstly, the overall lack of connection to the first movie (the famous Charles Bernstein theme included).
Not only is it dissimilar from the first, but from every horror movie I've ever seen.
It's a super rarity to see a male lead in a slasher movie, but even more so, a wimpy male lead. A complete antihero who - lets be honest - reacts to the situation in a completely believable way. & since when are movies of this genre supposed to accurately carry over from the previous installment. Even more than that: to be truthful, I find this to be the most rational & even mystical continuation in the series.
The Nightmare logic is more or less abandoned in this - it's less about dreams, & more about possession. And that's just as cool - if not cooler! Imagine if Regan was possessed by a spry, ruthless serial killer in The Exorcist.
& that's another thing; most people will say 'wisecracking Freddy' showed up for the first time in Dream Warriors. I say he showed up in part 1, & was present in every movie EXCEPT Revenge. In contemporary terms, Freddy was generally Cesar Romero. In Revenge, he was Heath Ledger. Make sense?
But the one shining flaw of the film is: Freddy himself is a metaphor for homosexuality. Now, if you look for it, you'll find it. Because it is there - I won't deny it. But I'm willing to ignore it, due to its irrelevance to the fact that it's one of the greatest horror movies ever made.
ALWAYS BE CLOSING
In several installments, Freddy is brought into 'the real world' with a great big hug. In Revenge, he claws his way out from the inside of a screaming Jesse's (Mark Patton's) chest.


11 comments:

Kirk said...

I study filmmaking under Nightmare 2 director Jack Sholder. I'm sure he'll be pleased to hear someone consider his film one of the greatest horror films ever made. Can't speak to that myself- ironically enough, it's the only Nightmare movie I have never seen.

barringer82 said...

You're in good hands.
& tell him he needs to do the convention circuit again!

Max Kyburz said...

Monster Mania convention in CT is having a NOES reunion... nobody from Freddy's Revenge tho.

barringer82 said...

ooh! send me the details on that!

Max Kyburz said...

http://www.monstermania.net/Convention_Hartford_CT.htm

only the reunion has been announced thus far, but more are to come!

barringer82 said...

see you there, man

Max Kyburz said...

rad
lemme know what day(s) you'll be going
of course, this is 6 months down the line, so I doubt youll know lol

Kirk said...

Jack was flattered. And for the record, he never noticed the subtext until it was pointed out later. And he never thought Nightmare 1 was all that great in the first place.

barringer82 said...

Good for him.
& I never thought the 'metaphor' wasn't intentional

barringer82 said...

or rather, I never thought it WAS intentional.
I misspoke

droidguy1119 said...

I can't say I agree with this or BHC II, but the one glaring omission from this list that I can think of is Toy Story 2.

I'm guessing at least some people complained about T2/Aliens being absent, but while they're both pretty good, Cameron's director's cuts are too long. There's a perfect compromise for both of those films somewhere between the TC and DCs.

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