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Nightmare on Elm Street Collection (7 DISCS/BD)
In the trinity of modern horror films, there's the father (Michael Myers of Halloween, the first masked maniac), the son (Jason of Friday the 13th fame, a knockoff), and the unholy spirit, Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street films. The spectral man who haunted the nightmares of unsuspecting teenagers with deadly consequences, Freddy (as played by Robert Englund) was a truly frightening bogeyman and icon for the '80s. Unlike the hockey-masked Jason, who dispatched horny teenagers with mechanical and monotonous ease (he never talked, never took off his mask), Freddy was a truly creative and diabolical villain, with a sadistic and blackly funny personality. The hallmarks of the Nightmare on Elm Street series were imaginatively gruesome suspense pieces, set in the overactive imaginations of the teen victims. The first film of the series, Wes Craven's truly intelligent and scary film, was so hugely successful it begat not one, not two, but six more sequels, each pretty much diluting the originality and horror of its predecesor. (Horror fans will fondly remember Drew Barrymore's assertion in Scream that the first Nightmare film was great but all the rest sucked.) Still, there's fun to be had in the remaining films in the series, seeing as a number of aspiring filmmakers cut their teeth on the continuing saga of Freddy. Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) and Chuck Russell (The Mask) worked on the third installment, Dream Warriors (starring a young Patricia Arquette), and Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) came to prominence with the ingeniously macabre fourth film, The Dream Master, coscripted by Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential). Craven and original star Heather Langenkamp did return for the last film, New Nightmare, which presaged the tongue-in-cheek postmodernism of the Scream films and resharpened Freddy's ability to scare. --Mark Englehart --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.
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None the less, all the extras, features and commentary are all well worth it!
Now for the movies:
"A Nightmare On Elm Street"
The best of the best, and still the scariest of all the movies. I really love this movie, and even though the special effects are simple, they are effective. The characters in this movie are cool, and Freddy himself is dark, mysterious and frightening (as opposed to some of the other movies) I rate this movie 10/10
A lot of people hate this one, but I really like it a lot, epecially after seeing it again recently for the first time in a long while.Read more ›
Nightmare 1: ***. It was dark, scary, and really original. Freddy isn't really revealed. It only had about 1 joke in the whole movie, but that was a good thing. It has a really dark tone.
Nightmare 2: **. The worst. They used a little more humor, but it didn't have enough Freddy. Well, I've seen worse.
Nightmare 3: ***. This one started the whole Freddy being funny trend. The film was awesome. Roger Ebert only gave it *1/2. I don't know why. I like Roger Ebert, but I don't agree with him on half of his reviews.
Nightmare 4: **1/2. This film used so much humor, but it still has a nice atmosphere.
Nightmare 5: **1/2. This one was the coolest visually. There was only 3 kills, and they tried to be serious. It's still good.
Freddy's Dead: ***. This is a classic. A lot of people hate it. I love this movie. It could be my favorite. Who cares if Freddy's completely revealed and he is given plenty of one-liners? This is the funniest. It's one of my favorite horror-comedies. It's the most entertaining, and it can be viewed several times. It's really short too. It's only about 89 minutes. Don't listen to the back of the DVD case; it's not 96. Almost no blood or gore, and that just makes this movie better.
New Nightmare: ***.Read more ›
First of all, there are no 3D glasses to be found here (whether the 3D ending of film #6 is still included is still unknown to me, but, like I said, this review isn't to review content).
Second of all, the case is plastic like any DVD case (with a thick slipcover), and not made of paper sleeves as someone else previously reported. The individual discs are housed in plastic "pages" with one disc clipped into each side (not unlike most DVD box sets).
Lastly, the only other thing included in the box besides the 8 discs is a theater admission coupon for the new remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street starring Jackie Earle Haley (NOTE: my review of the remake can be found at [...] if this is an enticing feature of the box set for you). There is no booklet or anything like that.
Also, it may be worth clarifying the fact that the 8th disc contains the film "Freddy vs. Jason", and not simply a documentary/bonus feature set as others have previously mentioned (I imagine people who said otherwise bought the set before 2003).
Overall, I'm very pleased with the packaging of this set, having been prepared for the worst by reading reviews here that were obviously written about past versions of this box set. Since Amazon doesn't provide this information, I figured I'd put it in a review for you guys. Hopefully it was useful in helping to remove any doubts similar to the ones I had when purchasing.
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The collection itself is nice, but the movies are actually quite bad. Nostalgia cost me 20$!Published 7 days ago by Jean-Philippe Bouchard
Perfect gift for anyone that collects classic slasher movies!Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived early. No scratches or tears. Very happy with the productPublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer