Watchin’ Stuff #53 THE FINAL SPOOKUMS!

Castlevania season 2 released this week. It was a pretty unexpected story full of a lot of new characters and unusual politics within Dracula’s army. In fact the vampire characters had a good deal more screen time than the heroes. It had its share of really impressive action scenes though. More great voice acting and animation too. Really the only downside is how short this season was again. Oh well!


Freddy’s shenanigans continue with The Dream Master. While the story is ridiculous, especially the completely nonsensical way Freddy’s defeated in the end, this one has some really impressive death scenes. The girl getting turned into a roach and Freddy’s weird body horror death being some of the best examples of classic Nightmare on Elm Street action.


The fifth one picks up directly where the fourth one left off and is maybe a little bit weaker, but still has a few standout death scenes like the killer motorcycle and the guy being turned into a comic book character. More fun times with Freddy. 


Things get extra silly in this one, to the point where it almost feels like a cartoon parody of itself, but I still like it. I got to see this one in the theater back in the day and the last fifteen minutes or so were in 3D. Really wish someone would release a home version with the proper 3D bit back in it again. Anyway, Freddy kills someone with a “power glove” in this one. What else do you need to know?!?


The real Freddy did come back one more time though, in the wonderful Freddy Vs. Jason. I still can’t believe they actually made this movie and I really wish they had made more like this. It’s a little silly sometimes and there are a few questionable bits of CGI, but overall it was exactly what you’d expect from a movie like this. Freddy and Jason both menace and horribly kill some teens and then end up fighting each other for reasons that were surprisingly well written for a movie like this. It was a lot of fun and I’m glad the real Freddy got to come back so he could go out on a high note after the highly disappointing New Nightmare. 


I’ve never liked this movie, so I don’t know why I expected this time to be any different. I guess I just wanted to give it one last chance since its been so long since I’ve last seen it. Still don’t like it and don’t understand the appeal of it at all. Wes Craven gets so overindulgent in his half-baked meta-premise that he seems to forget to put anything actually interesting in the movie. There are very few deaths and they’re mostly weak rehashes of ones we’ve already seen before in previous films. The movie delights in telling us over and over again how much darker and nastier this “real” version of Freddy is, yet he never actually does anything all that sinister and somehow seems to be even weaker than the “fictional” version this one is supposed to be based on.

Most of the movie is just Heather Langenkamp running around being upset at the impending doom that barely ever actually appears, while always reminding us that she was never a very good actress, along with scene after scene of her autistic-seeming son screeching annoyingly through various fits, seizures, and meltdowns. The effects are extremely underwhelming too. I just don’t get the love for this one at all, and I certainly won’t waste time on it again.


And then there was that 2010 remake. Jackie Earle Haley was a great choice for a new Freddy and making him look more like an actual burn victim was an interesting design decision, but I don’t know, something about it just didn’t feel right. Making Freddy a pedophile did make him kind of creepy, but maybe not in quite the right way. It’s hard to explain. I still think it’s a decent movie, a lot better than New Nightmare if you ask me, but it was definitely no match for the originals.


Wife also wanted to check this show out and I thought it might be interesting as well, but neither of us ended up liking it too much. It’s watchable, but too slow and way too heavy on the teen drama to keep our attention. Oh well!


Halloween is finally right around the corner…is this really the end of spookums? WE SHALL SEE!

3 comments on “Watchin’ Stuff #53 THE FINAL SPOOKUMS!

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Wow, you have really watched a lot. I had intended to watch the second season of Castlevania this weekend, but alas other things interfered and seeing there is only 4 and a half hours left of my day where I intend to do some other stuff, I probably won’t make that.
    I agree with Freddy vs Jason. That one really was very enjoyable. There have been talks of a Freddy vs Jason vs Ash movie for years, but I don’t think it will ever happen. Shame, as that could have been a lot of fun 😊

  2. Had no idea Castlevania season two was already out. Thanks for the heads up. Will have to check it out.

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