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Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Here is a movie with a great and original premise. It even bodes an even better tag line. “What ever you do don’t fall asleep!” It also contains some major carnage and literally gallons not just buckets of blood. The special effects are great as well. The only thing it doesn’t excel in is great acting and original characters and plots points that get you to the aforementioned special effects and gallons of gore. Johnny Depp follows in the footsteps of Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) and Kevin Bacon (Friday the 13th) they all got their starts in the horror movie genre. The only difference is the other two got away from the darker more ominous roles. Mr. Depp did not. That being said however this was probably his least dark role and hopefully one of his most forgettable. He played the heartthrob/boyfriend of the main female lead protagonist. The truth is he was kind of wishy/washy and namsey pamsey. In other words he had no backbone. Neither for that many did any of the teens or adults in this horror movie (the rarely do.) Wes Craven is a masterful director of true horrifying flicks. He has won multiple awards 9 and 3 non winning nominations. I grant you none of them were Oscars or even Golden Globes or even so much as an award anybody like me who watches movies every day has even heard of he is honored nonetheless. He deserves such honor in this terrifying classic. The direction was spectacular. Unfortunately it didn’t carry the entire movie to the pinnacle of successor atleast an A in my book. (it did spawn 7 sequels however.) This one was by far the best and most successful. As well as the only one carried at most blockbuster locations I might add. I enjoyed it for it’s entire 91 minute time span. It was truly bone chilling and frightful. I was actually late for work to see how it ended. I don’t want to give away the ending but it did have an appropriate horror movie ending. Grade B

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Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm