Monday, May 4, 2009

Freddy's Nightmares: Season 1

Episode #1: "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
4 / 5
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Actors include: Anne E. Curry, Robert Englund, Gry Park

So I actually saw the sequel to this episode "My Sister's Keeper" first, but now it all makes more sense. This sort of starts out with Freddy going to court about all the child killings and getting off on a technicality. The cop that tried to arrest him has a wife and 2 young daughters. The town sort of unite in burning Freddy and of course he tries to exact revenge. It's a nice tone to explain why the folks of Springwood are being tormented, even if it differs from the tale the movie follows. Not a bad start to the series really!

Episode #2: "It's A Miserable Life"
3.5 / 5
Directed by: N/A
Actors include: Robert Englund, John Cameron Mitchell, Lar Park-Lincoln

Although I swore off watching this show after watching episode #14, I guess I caved. I figured perhaps an earlier episode would be a better one and thankfully I was right! Of course much of the fun of this episode is that John Cameron Mitchell is the lead (I adore him)! He can make anything entertaining, I swear! Also the fact that this episode makes sense helps a bunch too. It's about a fast food worker (Mitchell) set to inherit the family business at "Beefy Boy" who wants desperately to escape the small town and job. He is continually haunted by a ghostly motorcycle guy and of course everyone is trying to force him to keep his job. It may sound strange now but it will add up later if you watch it. This is a weird episode with some bizarre touches but fortunately most are quite funny here, especially his parents! It's not very bloody I warn thee, it's more of a story oriented episode, but at least I actually quite enjoyed this one!

Episode #3: "Killer Instinct"
4 / 5
Directed by: Mick Garris
Actors include: Lori Petty, Robert Englund, Yvette Nipar

This was a really good episode surprisingly! It's about runner Chris (a young Lori Petty) who is trying to follow in her dead Mother's footsteps by being a champion runner. She isn't fast enough and is cut by the team, but when she gets her Mother's magic crystal (which makes this episode much like a Friday The 13th The Series episode) things change. The crystal gives her the power to make terrible things happen to people and boy does she! When her running nemesis starts to hit on her boyfriend things start taking quite a different turn! It was bloody, fun and even a bit surprising, truly something to see!

Episode #4: "Tricks and Treats"
4 / 5
Directed by: Ken Wiederhorn
Actors include: Robert Englund, Shiri Appleby, Mariska Hargitay

So weirdly another famous person turns up in this one (Mariska of course). This time we meet her and we learn she's a young med student who tries way too hard. Her boyfriend tries to kid around with her and get her to loosen up around Halloween but of course things don't go as planned. In fact things aren't at all what they seem, but I shant ruin the surprise. The good news is that it's definitely a Freddy episode and it definitely has a good surprise coming. Definitely a nice treat for those out of real Freddy movies!

Episode #5: "Judy Miller, Come On Down"
3 / 5
Directed by: Tom DeSimone
Actors include: Robert Englund, Siobhan McCafferty, John DeMita

Not a great episode but it sort of follows! It's about a woman who is married to a man who goes to law school and she has to live with his parents and look after their house. She's obsessed with winning the lottery and game shows, so when she ends up on a really strange one and wins things get even stranger. She is visited by a housekeeper that is actually her from the future warning her to rid herself of the money before bad things happen. The ant bit is cute (you'll see), but there isn't a heck of a lot else that happens that's much fun at all. Very mediocre!

Episode #7: "My Sister's Keeper"
4 / 5
Directed by: N/A
Actors include: Hili Park, Gry Park, Anne E. Curry

This is actually quite a bit of fun because it actually involves Freddy being Freddy and not him just narrating. It's apparently a sequel to the first episode (which I haven't seen) but it made sense as a stand alone. We meet twins who's Father was killed while trying to rid the world of Freddy. One twin was committed for thinking Freddy was out to get her, the other refuses to believe. Things change when they realize that whatever Freddy does to one twin in the dream, the other gets the scar. Before long they realize they have to work together to rid themselves of Freddy.

Episode #8: "Mother's Day"
2.5 / 5
Directed by: Michael Lange
Actors include: Robert Englund, Elizabeth Savage, Jill Whitlow

What the hell was that? It starts out as a story about a teen new to Springwood who has a stepfather he doesn't particularly like. His folks to go Mexico and while they are gone the girl next door comes in and invites the whole town over for a party and Stepdad comes home early. Then we flash backwards and see that he's met the girl next door but instead she's trying to seduce him and Mom walks in. Then we see him jump out the window (why we don't know), and the girl next door tries to talk to her Mom. Her Mom is a bitchy on air shrink who is too busy to deal with her daughter, and her callousness leads to disaster at work. It really just roams around aimlessly as an episode and feels entirely half-assed and unfinished. The first half was alright but it's all downhill from there. Definitely not my favorite in fact I think it's time again for a break from this show.

Episode #11: "Do Dreams Bleed?"
3 / 5
Directed by: Dwight H. Little
Actors include: Sarah Buxton, Gloria Garlin, Jeff McCarthy

This time around we meet a football star who happened to find a body from the serial killer "The Springwood Chopper". He starts to see his coach about having nightmares about the chopper and soon he starts to see his girlfriend being attacked. Soon it becomes unclear whether or not he is the chopper himself. It just overall wasn't very interesting and even the ending was less than satisfying. Not one to run out and try to watch, that's for sure!

Episode #12: "The End Of The World"
3.5 / 5
Directed by: Jonathan R. Betuel
Actors include: Robert Englund, Mary Kohnert, George Lazenby

This is an interesting tale about a girl who can alter the future in her dreams. First she realizes that she caused the death of her mother as a child and crippled her best friend, but she learns she can change that. Things get even weirder when she starts getting visions of nuclear war though... It's actually one of the better episodes and I definitely liked the concept, still a little silly in places though!

Episode #13: "Deadline"
2.5 / 5
Directed by: Michael Lange
Actors include: Timothy Brantley, Jenny Gago, Kimiko Gelman

This starts out intriguingly enough, a young feller working at a newspaper is made to write an obituary. While he's writing he dreams he's dying the way that the person he is writing about is dying and he has to get out before it's too late. That part was fine, but then just over halfway through it switches to something entirely different about a girl who's 2 friends die. The stories are somewhat connected but the second one is most definitely a dud. Definitely not one of the better episodes!

Episode #14: "Black Tickets"
1 / 5
Directed by: George Kaczender
Actors include: Robert Englund, Brad Pitt, Bill Moseley

I was actually very excited to check out this program, but wow was I disappointed. See this is like continually having the rug pulled out from under you, or as my Husband put it it's like reading a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book from front to back. Unlike in the movies you can't tell when things are a dream or why you are skipping ahead or what has happened or well anytime something cool happens assume it wasn't real. Brad Pitt also does one of the worst acting jobs I've ever seen (from him anyhow), it's ridiculously lame. The story surrounds a young couple that elopes and then the Brad Pitt character gets hit by a car...or does he? It's a series of things attacking them in weird ways and sometimes I think it was one person's dream and other times it was anothers. It was seriously obnoxious even though it had a few cute Freddy touches. He doesn't much appear as anything but the narrator, and as a nightlight (that I really wanted). A couple of good moments don't make up for the level of confusion, it'll be a long while before I check out another episode of this one.

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