Tuesday, 25 October 2016

SPECIAL EVENT - Halloween (2015 viewing)

Watching films with friends...


If you haven't discovered the formula yet, it's pretty simple... tonight was the 5th film in the various series:  Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers.


Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)

Set years after the previous film, this film tries hard but doesn't make it.  It introduces a mystery new killer... is it Jason back from the dead, Tommy losing his mind or a new killer?  The revelation can't fail to disappoint.  The film is full of non-acting and characters you just don't care about and are killed randomly.  It only gets good at the end with the final showdown, but even that get drawn out and confused.  And then comes the horrible twist ending.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1985)

A year later and Alice has a whole new set of friends for Freddy to kill off one-by-one.  The film tries to pack out the-more-of-the-same-story with dreams of Freddy's origin, the ghost of Freddy's mother and the spirit of an unborn child.  It's not completely effective, but at least it's new.


Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers (1989)

Another one year later film.  Although this one has a weird continuation from the previous film to justify Michael's survival.  It quickly kills all the good will from the previous film killing, Rachel, the final girl from the last film and making, Jamie, the most interesting character from the previous film, a traumatised mute in a psychiatric hospital. It truly is the dull follow-up to the superiour previous film like Halloween 2 was to the original with a bizarre tacked-on ending.

Together...

The night starts with a Friday the 13th which swings between so-bad-it's-good to average which is sort of what you want.  The Elm Street is better than the previous film, but really only average and not even aggressively bad enough to enjoy, and then Halloween drags out the end of the night.  A poor experience beyond the SBIG first film.

~ DUG.

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