Monday, March 19, 2018

Jack Red reviews A Nightmare on Elm Street series and remake review

Hi everyone I'm Jack Red, it's time to talk about one of my favorite horror movie franchises. A Nightmare on Elm Street might possibly be Wes Craven's greatest creation. An unique concept about a dead man stalking teenager's dreams to kill them. Freddy quickly became a house hold name following the original.

This franchise has many highs & lows over the years. I would say it holds up better than most of it's competitors. Freddy is such an unique character that people simply can't get enough of him. Many people around the time of it's release had trouble sleeping due to seeing the movie. Sadly the company & Craven had very different ideas how things were to be handle.

1. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Of course the one that started it all. A Nightmare on Elm Street follows a teenager named Nancy with her friends being stalked by a dead man in their dreams. Originally they wanted a older man to play Freddy but they knew as soon as Robert Englund audited for the role. He was the man for the job & he has many appearances as the character since then.

I would say this was a terrifying movie for it's time. This so happens to be Johnny Depp's first role. Speaking of Depp, part of what they originally attempted didn't happen. Every scene with Freddy brings fear right down your spine. Some great kills that can still haunt your dreams see what I do there lol.

Robert did an amazing job being Freddy. This stands as one of Craven's greatest movies. Sadly this ended up being one of his biggest regrets. He wanted to make it a stand alone movie with a happy ending. However someone high up was heavily against the idea. Also because many horror movie franchises were making money.

Every nightmare including those with no kills are truly unique for it's time. This movie plays on several fears many could have. We have a boogeyman that can virtually do anything. The ending is still one of the strangest I have ever seen in a horror movie. Many things originally appearing in this movie are present in most of the franchise.

2. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

I am not a fan of this movie for many reasons. It is not because the main guy in real life prefers guys. Honestly I could care less about what he likes or who he sleeps with. There really isn't enough Freddy in this movie. I believe someone clocked all of his appearances in this movie to around 10 to 11 minutes.

Really Freddy appears that little in a Freddy movie well yeah. Wes Craven & some actors from the fist movie are against this movie. They chose to ignore Freddy killing you in your sleep concept. Instead a teenager named Jessie becomes Freddy. This ignores the part in the original where Nancy pulled Freddy from her dream.

Even some of the later movies talk about getting harm & bringing Freddy into the real world. Which involves you pulling Freddy while waking up. Yeah you can kinda picture where I'm going with this. I felt most of this movie doesn't exactly come off as a horror movie. I wasn't impressed by most death scenes.

Although the best scene in the entire movie is Freddy attacking people at a party. This scene still stands as his biggest kill count in a single scene. Also crazy things happen like a bird attacking then burns to death. I will be honest to say the effects for Jessie becoming Freddy are great. This movie is an insult to the late Wes Craven.

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

Everyone agrees that this is the best Freddy movie. This was Patricia Arquette's first role. The last among the Elm Street teens are committed to a hospital. OMG everything is so damn good that I can't imagine them out doing it. I am not kidding every special effect is amazing. Easily some of the best kills in the entire franchise are present in this movie.

Robert Englund really steals the show this time with an amazing performance. I also like they discover each one of them has a power in the dream world. If you think about it, everyone should have something to help protect them from Freddy. This movie blows you away from start to finish. This is more of a direct sequel to the original.

This was one of the few Freddy movies to have Wes Craven on board. Every scene plays a major role in some way. This had the best story out of all the Freddy movies. I was really impressed by all the nightmare scenes. Some of them still creep me out like turning Phil into a puppet using his veins. Nancy returns to help these teens from Freddy.

I also like they reveal more about Freddy. Who doesn't remember Freddy possessing his own skeleton beating up two guys? I felt they did a great job writing the characters. It wasn't exactly common for characters to be likable. In fact for many horror movies, a lot of people root for the killer to kill people.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 is a candidate for being one of the greatest horror movies ever made. I personally consider it one of the greatest horror movie sequels of all time. This movie not only out done the original but also brought plenty of interesting ideas in. Sadly Craven wasn't allowed his concept for the movie that eventually became another movie.

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Freddy rises from the grave to hunt down the last three teens he was after. Alice gets unwillingly used by Freddy to kill more people. Oh okay I prefer that over how A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 did. I would say some of my favorite Freddy moments are in this movie. I felt they did a great job with the movie overall.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 is where things gets confusing with Freddy. Prior to this movie, we knew him as a specter that's killing teens in their dreams. Now we are suppose to believe he actually the guardian of the dream gate. It felt sorta rushed in although why those teens from Part 3 had trouble fighting him does make more sense.

Debbie getting one of the sickest kills in any Freddy movie. First she gets both of her arms broken while lifting weighs. Then she transforms into two cock roaches that ended up getting stuck inside a trap. Finally Freddy says one of his best lines in the movie quickly followed by crushed it in his hand. I like on the DVD release a scene is titled Mortal Combat lol.

Funny enough Freddy appears in two Mortal Kombat games. Of course I should mention how much I enjoy seeing Freddy & Alice going at it. Alice made sure to bring something belonging to her friends & brother to confront Freddy. Alice is sorta a mixed dream warrior since she possesses traits of the souls she got.

I also enjoy watching Freddy pulling himself together. What's weird is a dog pissing a flame that opens a grave. Maybe that's Freddy's way of telling you, you're dead & so are your friends. I would say the nightmares are mostly interesting. Some short ones are alright with Freddy being a nurse being the best of them.

5. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 is a rather strange movie for many reasons. In many releases, the number 5 doesn't appear which never got explained. This is following the fourth movie with Alice being pregnant. This brought the concept of that nun aka his mother from Part 3. Freddy has some great lines this time around.

Dan's kill is still one of my personal favorites in the franchise. His nightmare starts in his truck with Freddy driving another truck. After a while Dan gets thrown from his vehicle to get on a motorcycle. Suddenly this motorcycle is ripping into him, fusing it to his body. He reminds me of Mr. Grimm from Twisted Metal series.

He gets hit by a truck to die shortly afterwards. Mark technically dies twice in this movie. Alice saved his soul from going to Freddy. Sadly Mark gets an awesome death scene. He becomes similar to his own comic book character gunning Freddy down. Freddy transforms into Super Freddy to claw a good amount of him off.

Mark turns into a comic book character that quickly loses his colors. Freddy rips him into several little pieces. I should mention Robert cameos as one of those maniacs you see early on in the movie. This time Freddy is using her unborn child for revenge. Which means Alice can experience the dream world without being asleep.

You do get to learn a little more about Freddy. It is kinda weird how Freddy gets defeated this time. In a weird way it makes sense since he was possessing an unborn child. The same child he gave three souls to. Jacob uses the power he was given to force Freddy out of his body. This led to his mother dying a second death.

I would say parts of this was better than Part 4. I still like how well they changed from the real world to the dream world. Some of the best lines Freddy says are in this movie. I felt Englund did a great job once again. I would say it is not bad but it comes close to the borderline of what's good & bad. I might recommend this to some Freddy fans.

6. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

The official attempt to end A Nightmare on Elm Street series. Keep in mind, two attempts on Jason doing the same thing. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, we learn a great deal about Freddy's past. Believe it or not this movie was also done in 3D. Back then not many horror movies did the concept. Still not many of them nailing the 3D effect today.

Let's be honest this movie is like Seed of Chucky for Child's Play series or the movie Funny Man. To clarify I'm talking about that clown character that loves screwing with people. Some weird references in this movie like Freddy pushing a bed of nails just in time his victim was about to hit the ground. If you haven't somehow figure it out, it was referencing The Looney Tunes.

I should mention Freddy recreating parts of The Wizard of Oz. Another scene he uses a controller controlling a stone gamer guy. Some of his friends knock the controller away, Freddy transforms his glove into a power glove. He then says the famous line now we're playing with power lol. Nintendo did actually sue them over it.

Funny enough in Injustice 2, Scarecrow says this line. The answer to the question about what exactly is Freddy. It turns out he is a dead man that was given powers by dream demons. I would say I do enjoy many nightmare scenes including a Johnny Depp cameo. There is the bus scene where a guy gets sent flying from the dream world into the real world.

To sum it up, Freddy pretty much killed most of their child. He needs his child to allow him to leave town to continue killing people. I really enjoy the part where Maggie I mean Katherine is inside Freddy's head. Alice Cooper cameos as abusive man that took in Freddy. I really enjoy the fight scene between her & Freddy.

Not many people in this movie but all of their kills were over the top. Funny Man was the same way except it was surprisingly funnier & had better death scenes. Robert Englund still steals the show as Freddy. I like the scene where Carlos fell asleep, he checks a map that keep getting bigger. A message written in red to sum it all up lol.

7. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

The last Freddy movie to have Wes Craven on board. Earlier I was talking about a concept they wouldn't allow him to do for Part 3. In this movie, Freddy's darkside is haunting the actress that played Nancy. I got to say this is a beautifully written horror movie. Everything about it is so good even for early 90s.

I actually like the new Freddy look in this movie. Most nightmare scenes stands out in a huge way. Robert Englund appears as himself and Freddy. Although during the ending credit for Freddy they let ? instead of a name. I guess they wanted to attempt one last scare that not many people will get to see. I also like Wes Craven appears in this movie.

Wes Craven's New Nightmare often gets called Part 7 despite being it's own stand alone story. I also likes it kept referencing the original movie. This felt like a true successor to it, the same way Part 3 was. Craven has stated most of these sequels are terrible. This Freddy isn't meant to be funny. Craven actually wanted Freddy to being more terrifying.

I also like the twist Heather has to become Nancy one last time to stop Freddy. Obviously this is ignoring her character's death at the end of Part 3. I felt this stays more true to the source material than most sequels. Clearly one of Freddy's best performances within the movies. I also like the fairy tale reference how the movie ends.

This is not only a great entry for a horror movie but one of the best stand alone movies too. In a weird way you could consider it a sequel since this technically would be following the sixth movie just set in another universe. This movie holds up amazingly well that never truly gets old to keep coming back to it.

8. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

Oh hell yeah Freddy vs. Jason is hands down one of the greatest crossover horror movies ever made. I actually got some interesting horror movie history to share. Most early crossover horror movies were done by Universal. The industry went a few decades after the last major one. When they announced Freddy vs. Jason, people freaked out.

It never got a movie sequel but it did receive two comic book sequels with Evil Dead's Ash. At one point before they went in this direction were considering to add Michael Myers to the mix. Now imagine Freddy, Jason and Michael in the same movie. I would pay a few hundred bucks to see that even if they only fight once in the entire movie.

This is following both Freddy's Dead & Jason Goes to Hell but before Jason X. Freddy was greatly weaken among escaping Hell. He knew he needed to bring fear back just enough for him to be able to kill people. He took a risk by rising Jason from the grave to kill a few people. Unfortunately things went sour between the two killers.

I am glad a character in the movie states the obvious. "We aren't safe awake or asleep." Well yeah we have two impressive killers that will do anything to get what they want. All the fight scenes between them are really fun to keep rewatching. Not a lot of people attempted to follow suit after this movie. The only real exception was Alien vs. Predator series.

I like how they brought these two together. They did a great job making it feel like both of their movies are combine into one. The guy playing Jason is officially the tallest to play the character. No offense against the actor, I felt he was one of the best Jason actors. I heavily felt no one nailed Jason better than Kane hodder who played Jason in four back to back movies & now Friday the 13th Game.

Believe it or not I seen this movie several times at a drive thru. Everything was done very well in this movie. They delivered in a huge way on their promise that we would get a blood bath. We would also get two killers fighting each other. In a way this movie pays tribute to all of those crossover movies Universal done.

9. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

For me this is hands down the bottom of the barrel. Yes even worse than Part 2 for many reasons. I am not about to bash it for being a horror movie remake. I got plenty of great reasons to dislike this movie with a passion. Even Robert Englund made great points why this remake didn't work. For me I did expect a lot better than what we actually ended up with.

They attempted to recreate some scenes from the original movie. I like how some remakes plays tribute to the original films. What I don't like is recreating something we already seen & clearly not done as well. Most of those scenes are Nancy is asleep. Like she fell asleep in a bathtub. I really didn't like how they change his back story.

Originality he was a facility worker & child murder due to his rough child hood. They changed it to a groundskeeper at a school & he likes kids in a way you aren't suppose to. I really didn't care about the new Nancy at all. I really prefer the original Nancy since she confronted Freddy alone. Most nightmare scenes are kinda boring.

One of the few good things about this movie is the guy playing Freddy. He is a great actor, I know him best in Watchmen. Sadly this movie could've been a lot better than this. I was more impressed by some horror movie remakes that did little to no tribute to the original movies. Freddy was close of being scary but changing somethings would've greatly helped that.

A Nightmare on Elm Street remake is easily one of my most hated horror movies. I'm sure many of you seen The Simpsons' parody of it that was way better. This movie focused on all the wrong stuff. The special effects are easily some of the worst I have ever seen in a horror movie. How they went about the characters could've been a lot better.

Do you really wanna know what really kills this movie? No cameo of any kind with Robert Englund. I mean come on he was the very guy that made so many people afraid of Freddy. Why wasn't he offered a cameo in this movie & please don't tell because of his other cameos. Clearly they did state no plans of doing Freddy vs. Jason was possibly the worst thing to say.

Unless plans change another remake of this movie is in the makings. We might get another remake of Friday the 13th. I doubt that will be worth waiting for. I do feel like some underrated horror movies do deserve a remake. A unique concept like this quickly ruined in just one movie. Most Freddy fans agree don't watch this or you could suffer something worst than a nightmare I'm not kidding.

Now I have reviewed all the Freddy movies, it's time to rank them all from worst to best...
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
8. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
7. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
6. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
4. Freddy vs. Jason
3. Wes Craven's New Nightmare
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
1. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Jack Red reviews Leprechaun movies and Red Clover aka Leprechaun's Revenge

Hi everyone I'm Jack Red, I apologize for not doing a blog on St. Patrick's Day. I had something personal going on my end that I won't discuss. I will say things are better now. The day before St. Patrick's Day I decided to buy all the Leprechaun movies on Steam. As a kid, one of my favorite horror movie franchises was Leprechaun.

Now I know these movies aren't known for being scary. In fact some of them have funny moments. Warwick Davis nails the character in a way that anyone taking over the role has some serious shoes to fill. Yes this may come off as one of the dumbest things imaginable. A lot of people originally thought the same about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

They are still going strong with several shows & movies. I can't say the same for the newer TMNT games. My point is some ideas that you think wouldn't work end up getting sorta a cult classic status. Which is very much the case for Leprechaun series. I am proud to announce Syfy is making a new movie called Leprechaun Returns.

I don't fully understand why people are now making more direct sequels in original horror movie series. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise seems to be getting the good end of the stick. Of course I will be discussing the abomination that is Leprechaun: Origins. Yeah let's just say I speak for us Davis fans, that is not a Leprechaun movie.

Now I have to make some things clear before going into my Leprechaun series review. I already reviewed Leprechaun 4: In Space within another blog series. I also talked a little about it in another blog. As a bonus I will be reviewing Red Clover aka Leprechaun's Revenge. Believe it or not, there isn't many Leprechaun theme horror movies.

When Universal did their Krampus movie, a few movie companies quickly release their own Krampus movies. Leprechaun is still an unusual horror movie franchise for many reasons. It never quite got as big as many of it's competitors like Freddy, Michael, Jason, Chucky & a few more names.

1. Leprechaun (1993)

Trimark decided to take a chance at making Leprechaun. They didn't realize getting Warwick Davis as the Leprechaun was going to be difficult. You see Davis was under contract by George Lucas for starring in a Star Wars movie. Eventually they came to an agreement to allow Davis to take part in the movie.

After it's release Davis wasn't happy until he was hearing a lot of people loving it. Now Leprechaun stands as one of his favorite movies. The beginning of the movie has a couple just moving in from Ireland. Her husband had stolen the Leprechaun's gold & he nearly died that night. Ten years later, a small family moves in.

One of the people they hired got tricked into letting the Leprechaun out of the crate. You can only imagine how crazy this movie gets. Honestly I really enjoy this movie for what it is. Possibly a candidate for not only an underrated horror movie but also one of the best horror comedy movies. I am not kidding some moments in this movie still making people laugh today.

Leprechaun is exactly what you would think of. There's plenty of laughable ideas for horror movies. Not a lot of people give enough credit to Leprechaun. Warwick Davis quickly steals the show during the entire movie. Another interesting trivia that not a lot of people know. At one point they had a deal with the company responsible for Lucky Charms to appear in the movie.

However after learning how the movie was going to be like. They did pulled away but surprisingly allowed a quick rip off brand to be used instead since they're still Lucky Charms in that box. Let's be honest the kid said the best line in the whole movie. I could talk about this movie for hours & never get bored.

2. Leprechaun 2 (1994)

Officially the last of the original Leprechaun series to make it in the theaters. For some reason not a lot of people like it. I enjoy a lot of the moments including the kill scenes. Can you name another horror movie where a old guy gets a pot of gold inside his belly? I like on the back of some releases it actually says he's meaner than Freddy.

Leprechaun 2 is the only Leprechaun movie to take place on St. Patrick's Day. Similar to the first movie the beginning is taking place a thousand years ago. In Leprechaun's tradition, they must wait a thousand years then they get the woman they want to marry to squeeze thrice. If no one says god bless you after the final squeeze, he can claim her.

Warwick Davis has some rememberable parts in this movie. Who doesn't remember Morty doing a drink contest with him lol. I was always a fan of the go-kart cop kill. Basically Cody gets framed sorta by the Leprechaun after she was kidnapped. I do like they look more into what a leprechaun is. This guy isn't afraid to get his hands since he ripped off gold from people literately.

Leprechaun 2 has a good cast with some great humor. Speaking of that the little guy from Bad Santa series. He with another guy were stunt doubles for Davis in a few Leprechaun movies. Thanks Minty for that information, I love your work man. This movie also caused the famous debate of is it the same leprechaun in all the movies or not.

Sadly Trimark didn't make the numbers they were expecting. I felt this was one of the better 2's in horror movies. You have some difficult to watch kill scenes. In some ways it does out do the original. Some of my favorite characters are present in this movie. I would say this is one of the more interesting Leprechaun movies.

3. Leprechaun 3 (1995)

Often stated even by Davis himself to be the best Leprechaun movie ever made. You should know by now usually direct to video sequels don't do well at all. Of course there do exists some exception including Leprechaun 3. This concept was so on the money that I'm surprised I really can't get enough of it.

Everything about this movie not only makes it one of the finest 3's in horror movies. One of the absolute best comedy horror movies I have ever seen. Leprechaun in Las Vegas may sound like a terrible idea. In theory it was a match made in heaven. Leprechaun 3 follows a guy going to college that meets a magician's assistant.

This is one of the select few Leprechaun movies to have the leprechaun face someone with powers. Possibly the big surprise is our hero becomes another leprechaun forcing the two leprechauns to face each other. This concept by itself was genius since Las Vegas was already crazy enough without one. Why not give this town two leprechauns instead lol.

The best kills are present in this movie. I really like some of his kills are based on the wishes they made. Therefore he is punishing them for not only stealing one of his gold coins. But also making a wish on it as well. A dealer wished to be beautiful to end up getting blown. Not that kind of blown you suck bastards, I'm talking her entire body explodes.

A magician wished to become the best magician in the world. The twist for his was simply brilliant. He gets forced into a magic trick with no escape. The crowd cheering for him to be saw in half. Of course this is a Leprechaun movie so why not a chainsaw instead lol. As a kid I had trouble watching that death scene for a few years.

I would say this had everything go for it. Leprechaun 3 has some unique humor that you can't recreate. This too is one of Davis' favorite movies. Leprechaun sure having fun in Vegas isn't he especially after meeting Elvis or an impersonator of his. The movie never made it clear which one but still a great scene.

4. Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)

For the original Leprechaun movies, this is the bottom of the barrel. Thankfully a few Leprechaun movies are worse. I won't be saying too much about it due to already reviewed it. Leprechaun 4: In Space is still a strange movie that shouldn't exist. In most categories this movie falls so hard. Especially after Leprechaun 3, you expect it to be somewhat decent right?

One random fact is on Steam they mislabeled the movie as Leprechaun 4: Lost in Space. Wait was the leprechaun in Lost in Space lol. This movie is legendary for being one of the absolute worst horror movie sequels. You got to love the entire movie no one knew they were facing a leprechaun. No they all felt he was an alien.

5. Leprechaun in the Hood (2000)

Leprechaun in the Hood was the last Leprechaun movie by Trimark before going out of business. This is hands down one of the best Leprechaun movies. I would also say it is one of the funniest too. The concept of putting the leprechaun in the hood ends up working very well. Ice-T has a strong appearance in this movie.

A group of friends are trying to make it big as rappers. They decided to steal from Mack Daddy. Unfortunately one of them took the medallion off the leprechaun. A lot of the funny moments I remember people on my high school bus talking about often. Leprechaun in the Hood has a lot of great things going for it.

Not only it help got the awtiful taste of Leprechaun 4 out of our mouths. We gave us more reason to love the leprechaun. I felt they did a great job bringing the leprechaun to the hood. Davis quickly steals the show with some of my favorite lines. This is the only Leprechaun movie where he wins in the end.

I can't shake this & the original Killjoy movie are similar. Obviously I would rather watch Leprechaun in the Hood more. I felt they did a great job giving us a true entry in this franchise. It had the potential to fail but instead blew many people's expectations away. This is clearly a classic in & of itself.

6. Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood (2003)

The first Leprechaun movie by Lionsgate but also the last of the original Leprechaun movies. It is also the last time Warwick Davis plays his character. The original director of this movie got fired when the script was too similar to the previous movie. A similar case that happened for Batman Forever.

Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood sorta comes off like they didn't want to make another one in the hood. I'm not a racist by any means. What I meant to say is even with it's changes from Leprechaun in the Hood. There's still not much of a difference between the two. The main character is a woman that for a change.

I would say there were some good quick laughs in this movie. I believe due to new ownership, the leprechaun looks more like a demon than a actual leprechaun. Personally I didn't mean the change in his outfit much. This movie does reuse some classic lines & not in a good way. Speaking of that one key thing both the hood movies share is the main characters uses four leaf clovers in a similar way.

I guess they all should've took a lesson from Alex. Once again Davis steals the show with some great kills. I felt with some key changes this could've been one of the better Leprechaun movies. Clearly this movie wasn't rushed since it came three years after the previous movie. I would say I do like the animated story portions the best.

7. Red Clover aka Leprechaun's Revenge (2012)

This is a strange case for the title while being made it was called Red Clover. But they chose to change the title to Leprechaun's Revenge for airing during St. Patrick's Day of 2012. The same all day Leprechaun movie marathon reairing the first three movies all day. Suddenly they went back to it's original title for it's DVD release.

Oh ok although both titles do fit the movie well. Why not combine the titles together instead? Red Clover: Leprechaun's Revenge sounds way better don't you think lol. A descendant of the man that put the leprechaun in the ground by accident awoken it. This gave her a curse of a red clover on one of her hands.

Billy Zane is the other actor in the movie you will know. Sadly compared to his amazing performance in The Demon Knight movie. I am disappointed here for many reasons. The leprechaun doesn't even look like one at all. Yeah he is green but he looks more like a strange walking tree monster than anything.

Most kills are virtually the same with some changes after every other kill. I do like they have to rebuild the lucky horse shoe thing. I will say for a low budget horror movie that the acting isn't that bad. The story is kinda boring even if my mind starts playing tricks it wouldn't help this movie. I felt this was sorta cashing in on the famous Leprechaun series.

8. Leprechaun: Origins (2014)

OMG I really wish for something to prevent me from reviewing this. I haven't seen a horror movie reboot that impressed me. Leprechaun: Origins is so bad it makes some of the worst Leprechaun movies seem like master pieces I'm not kidding. Yes they go into the origin of leprechauns but let's be honest.

This creature is not a leprechaun, remember when Zilla in our first US Godzilla remake. How many people felt that wasn't Godzilla. Warwick Davis' leprechaun looks & acts like a leprechaun. Also he had magic too which is clearly missing on this creature. Instead of the leprechaun being the bad guy why not make the people of Ireland instead?

I have a lot of relatives that are part Irish. Also a small group of people in Ireland using US travelers as bait to keep the leprechauns away. Oh sorry I just spoiled the big twist at the end. There is actually a lot of leprechauns but you won't know that until at the end. The actor playing the creature does portray a leprechaun for WWE around the time.

In comparison that was way better than this garbage. Leprechaun: Origins was a terrible title since it doesn't represent the final film. WWE Studios was trying to make more movies since WWE more recently not doing well. Leprechaun: Origins made it to theaters with very bad news. Most kills in this movie comes off as uninspired.

Even Garry Chalk doesn't bring much to this amazingly bad movie. A movie so bad that I'm impressed no one puts it as one of the worst reboot movies. Everything you expected from previous Leprechaun movies is completely absent here. They didn't just made something completely different, it also failed to hit the mark so much.

The actual gold in the movie we don't get to see much at all. Same with the leprechaun that's really not an uninspired appearance. I do like this movie took place in Ireland. What I don't like was actually stated by Davis himself. He wasn't happy they didn't ask him to do the creature or a small cameo.

We are talking about the same guy that became the reason you watch these movies. Why isn't he not giving a cameo in this movie? In most possible ways this movie really doesn't work. It really doesn't feel like a Leprechaun movie. Red Clover a movie with no relations had more things going for it. This movie isn't just insult to us fans and Davis.

Leprechaun: Origins stands as a movie that really went out of it's way to cash in on the name with no regard. I honestly can bash this movie all day long with plenty fuel to do other things. If I was allowed by Lionsgate, I would go to every house with a confirmed DVD or Bluray copy of this movie. I would blow it up live on camera. Avoid this movie at all costs.

Now I took the time to review all the Leprechaun movies it is time to rank them from worst to best...
8. Leprechaun: Origins
7. Red Clover aka Leprechaun's Revenge
6. Leprechaun 4: In Space
5. Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood
4. Leprechaun 2
3. Leprechaun in the Hood
2. Leprechaun
1. Leprechaun 3

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Top 10 One Minute Melee Season 5 Fights

Hi everyone I'm Jack Red, as many of you know I'm a fan of One Minute Melee. One of the staff really likes my previous OMM list. Just like that list, there won't be a worst list. I will have five honorable mentions. I swear the animation is really impressive for it's time. I knew this would be the future of versus web shows.

I should mention Vegeta vs. Thor bonus episode. A lot better than their other bonus episode with Vegeta. I would say this is their best bonus episode to date. I really would like more bonus episodes especially if regular episodes are delayed.

Honorable Mentions
1. Bill Cipher vs. Sans

2. Mario vs. Sonic

3. Scott Pilgrim vs. Viewtiful Joe

4. Mob vs. Tatsumaki

5. Luigi vs. Tails

Now it's time to do the actual best fights of this season. They really step up their game from Season 4. I got to be honest there isn't much separating them from their uniqueness. This list very likely could go in so many different directions. I hope you guys do respect my opinion about each & every fight present here.

10. Gaara (Naruto) vs. Crocodile (One Piece)

I am a huge fan of both characters despite not caring for Naruto franchise. Obviously we have two sand users in a fierce battle. I thought they did an amazing job portraying both characters very well. I love the fight song playing during it. Some amazing animation including some attacks Crocodile does.

9. Mewtwo (Pokemon) vs. Frieza (Dragon Ball)
Yes they did this fight before a few years ago. I felt unlike the original fight, this one is OMM worthy. They did a great job stepping it up from the start. I was impressive with everything done in this fight. Despite actually being another Mewtwo since the previous one got destroyed. I know a lot of people still want another fight with these two.

8. Kakashi (Naruto) vs. Byakuya (Bleach)

Two of my favorite characters in both franchise. This may surprise people I'm actually a huge Kakashi fan. I felt this was better than Ichigo vs. Sasuke in many ways. Kakashi was one of the hokages for a reason. Byakuya remained as one of the strongest soul reaper captains ever. Obviously people with their repetition like theirs would have huge expectations.

7. Shovel Knight (Shovel Knight) vs. Meta Knight (Kirby)
Meta Knight previously fought on the show against Zero. One of my personal favorite sword fights on the show. This is even more unusually fight than his previous one. WOW this is one of the strangest sword battles I have ever seen & I like it a lot. I been a fan of both characters for a few years.

6. Shantae (Shantae) vs. Filia (Skullgirls)

Maybe it's just me but they always make a great fight with Skullgirls characters. This was no exception, I was blown away how good both characters look. Clearly a lot of hours got put into the animation. I kid you not everything pops in a way I simply can not explain. I doubt even the animator behind this fight could.

5. Gohan (Dragon Ball) vs. Super Boy (DC)

Of course the first fight of Season 5 had to be on this list. In a lot of people's minds there is no more perfect way of following the legacy of Goku vs. Superman. We have two sons of two legendary insanely powerful beings with very clear differences. I was very impressed by the animation alone. This fight is truly one of the best to ever kick off a season of their show.

4. Killua (Hunter x Hunter) vs. Hiei (Yu Yu Hakusho)
Oh hell yes some of my favorite OMM fights ever. I'm a huge fan of both Killua & Hiei since they're very similar in a lot of ways. Two very driven characters that could easily match even the toughest of beings. WOW this fight by itself was amazing. I couldn't be any happier with their fight song choice. This is hands down a true OMM fight at it's core.

3. Guts (Berserk) vs. Kirito (Sword Art Online)
An truly amazing sword battle that actually surprised me they would do. I am a huge fan of Guts & Kirito with both of them being called the black swordsman in their universe. Two truly amazing swordsmen in their own right. Of course we needed an epic sword battle between these two. Both has been in some terrible situations in the past.

2. Goku (Dragon Ball) vs. Saitama (One Punch Man)
WOW just amazing they did so much in this season finale. Usually in the past the final fight of the season gets number 1. Not this time, Goku takes on Saitama in two insanely epic rounds. I still kinda prefer Saitama's previous episode fight but this is still a very good episode. A very good anime battle that could cause the internet to explode over night I'm not kidding.

1. Sephiroth (Final Fantasy) vs. Vergil (Devil May Cry)
I knew after this episode there was no way they could top it in my mind. Yes some fights are technically more epic than this. For a rematch this was very good among them along with Kenpachi vs. Oni round 3. Everything was a major step up from their previous encounter. This actually felt like a movie turned video game experience.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Batman 1966 vs. Gotham Comparisons Bonus Part (Catwoman)

Hi everyone I'm Jack Red, some of you probably noticed in Part 2 of my comparison I didn't bring up Catwoman. I got to be honest due to several reasons I had trouble properly labeling it for my blog. Trust after I start explaining why you understand my point of view.

Bonus Street Fight: Batman 1966 Catwoman vs. Gotham Cat
Three different actresses plays Catwoman. The second one was only in Batman 1966 movie. She refused to do the role again afterwards. The original actress had a couple shows & movies she signed for to star in. Of course she do eventually in a few Batman movies reprise the role. The third actress is a famous singer you may have seen during the 90s.

Each actress portrayed the character very different but not as much as Mr. Freeze. At least they were more faithful to the character. Now the other major problem is although Selina Kyle has a major role in Gotham. Like Bruce, she will eventually become Catwoman. Unlike Bruce in my blog series, this makes the comparison more difficult than it needs to be.

I would say this is more Julie Newmar against Cat than anything else. Mostly because she appears the most as her & out of the three actresses on Batman 1966 does nail her the best. No disrespect against the other two actresses. I felt I'm trying to sorta combine all three of them into one character. They were all treated the same by most main characters.

Cat already experience on the street doing many things you expect from thieves. Later on, she does learn a lot of good & bad things. She quickly starts off as a complex child that had to do whatever it takes to survive. The way she is portrayed is more recently in their comics compared to back then. Catwoman was mostly a villain that Batman did struggle against for many reasons.

Now she is more of a neutral character. Sometimes she does things for others usually doing bad things first or flat out betray people for money. Cat has helped Bruce a lot on Gotham being one of his biggest allies as well as love interest. Of course Catwoman had a similar angle in Batman 1966 with all three actresses.

By now you should see why I had trouble doing this. I am forced to compare all three actresses against one with major key differences. I don't even need to explain all three actresses portrays Catwoman like how they do most characters pulled from the comics. Thankfully they didn't have any trouble of toning the character down.

Cat is more like the bitch you don't want coming after you type. I also don't need to explain Catwoman on both shows are greedy, selfish and most likely to do bad things. Catwoman on Batman 1966 has teamed up with some of Batman's enemies including the movie. I could say the same with Cat since she just formed an three ladies alliance.

Let's be honest I knew I had to make this or many Batman fans would get upset to no where. Especially those heavily into Catwoman. I felt this is another close one but I must give this to Batman 1966 versions. Please allow me explain no I'm not being bias or Cat not fully being Catwoman yet argument.

Like I stated before the times in this particular case has different things fans would expect from the character. Of course this by itself would leave to many differences. Cat is a great portrayal of the character. However Julie Newmar was the perfect Catwoman. If I didn't include her, Cat has a higher chances of winning.

No surprise I would have Cat over the second actress, I honestly wasn't a fan of her performance. The final actress did surprise me in many ways. I felt it would be just as close as simply doing the original actress against Cat. In my mind even if Cat does by the end of the show becomes Catwoman. It already is a lot to live up to.

Winner: Batman 1966 Catwoman

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Jack Red reviews animated Resident Evil movies

Hi everyone I'm Jack Red, today I think it's time for me to talk about the other Resident Evil movies. I already talked about the live action movies that are mixed by most people in another blog. I'm here to talk about an animated Resident Evil movie series. As a bonus I also will be reviewing Biohazard 4D-Executioner.

In another Resident Evil blog where I talk about the game time line. I talked a great deal about most of these movies.

1. Biohazard 4D-Executer (2000)

You could say this is the original Resident Evil movie predating the first live action one by two years. In my opinion this is one of the absolute best Resident Evil movies you can find. Originally set up as a part of a ride in Japan at a theme park. This may be the shortest Resident Evil movie being around twenty minutes.

At the same time you quickly see yes there could exist a good Resident Evil movie. Yes it's true this is rather a stand alone movie not fitting in any canon. Clause in this movie is considered a prototype character for RE4's Jack Krauser. This will scream what you love about Resident Evil. Possibly the best animated video game movie I ever seen.

2. Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008)

This takes place between several Resident Evil games. Leon got meet up with Claire who last seen each other back in Raccoon City incident. You will notice several things that will make some things more clear in later Resident Evil games. I also like some of the key moments from Resident Evil 2 got referenced.

Resident Evil: Degeneration may not have the best story. A lot of action through out the movie but done better than most live RE movies. This was a good Resident Evil movie for it's time. A couple years later for Claire to return in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Also I always considered G-Virus as the worst virus in all of Resident Evil. Which this movie proves my point.

3. Resident Evil: Damnation (2012)

This takes place between several Resident Evil games. Leon was suppose to pull out after giving a report relating what's going on in that country. He decided to take a stand to figure out whose behind it. This continues Ada secretly helping Leon out theme. You find out tyrants are still around long after Umbrella closed down.

I thought it was interesting some soldiers took a risk to control lickers by being infected. Obviously this is action heavy for an Resident Evil movie. I will say the characters are a little more interesting this time. I still felt this isn't as good as the previous animated Resident Evil movies. I would say it is still better than most live action RE movies.

4. Resident Evil: Vendetta (2017)

Many fans including myself long awaited for fan favorite Rebecca Chambers to return. A little over twenty years in fact. I would say this could be the best Resident Evil movie yet. This takes place between several Resident Evil games. Once again Leon and Chris must stop a black list arms dealer from causing more viral outbreaks.

In one of his outbreaks, Rebecca barely cured herself. I felt this movie plays everything out perfectly. I honestly can't name a single major dislike towards it. One weird thing is how Chris was acting in RE6, Leon becomes upset like that in this movie. I also like more critical story stuff that could bring more interesting stories together in the near future.

Before I get to rank all these Resident Evil movies. Did you notice how long we had to wait for each one? Honestly I prefer the work that goes into these movies than those live action ones. To me these came more off like real Resident Evil movies. A lot of potential still waiting to use in the near future.

Now it's time to rank all movies from worst to best. Good news is even the worst among these is more rewatchable than the entire live action series.

4. Resident Evil: Damnation
3. Resident Evil: Degeneration
2. Biohazard 4D-Executer
1. Resident Evil: Vendetta

Friday, January 26, 2018

Batman 1966 vs. Gotham Comparisons Part 2 (Villains)

Hi everyone I'm Jack Red, it's time to talk about the villains of Batman. Not many of them are on both Batman shows. Thankfully most Batman fans should easily know the following very well. This is going to be a crazy blog especially for Batman fans. Honestly I couldn't be any happier to be writing this.

Warning this will be a lengthy blog entry. Please take as many breaks as possible. We really don't want you to go to a hospital over night.

I do want to make a few things clear before we start kicking things off. I am saving The Joker for his own part of this huge comparison. I won't do The Mad Hatter since he was Hatman aka Impostor Mad Hatter. Therefore comparing a different character to the actual one with no real connection is against the rules. Trust me this wouldn't be a good showdown even if I did it.

Round 1: Batman 1966 Mr. Freeze vs. Gotham Mr. Freeze

This is a rather tricky one to talk about. Three different actors portrays Mr. Freeze on the show. The original one appeared normal in his suit. Clearly lacking his frozen blue skin that we all expected. He works by himself trying to defeat Batman. They chose to not have him doing it to save his wife. Let's be honest Mr. Freeze is willing to do whatever he can to save her.

Simply not having that there does help Gotham's version out. Originally he started off like that until he fell his wife was going to die. He committed suicide with his freezing gun. Due to Dr. Strange's strange experiments that revive several people & altering them. In Mr. Freeze's case, he got the condition you expect from him.

Sadly he chose to work for The Penguin that hasn't been active recently. I felt all three actors in 1966 version sorta come off as different characters with not much bring them together. In a weird way it was like the Three Stooges attempting to be Mr. Freeze lol. In Gotham, I felt this was a more faithful version.

Clearly after being revived, he became as cold as he is in the comics. I do enjoy these episodes but let's be direct. It is frustrating to remember which actor did which episode of Batman 1966. To me he wasn't the right level of seriousness, he never did it to save his wife and wanted stuff he would never want.

Honestly after much needed thought I must give this to Gotham's Mr. Freeze. His appearance as the character blew me away. Regardless him alive prior to his suicide or after being revived. This version was way more on point with the comics. If you are a fan of Mr. Freeze then go watch Gotham. Also the way he does stuff is exactly how the character would do it.

Winner: Gotham Mr. Freeze

Round 2: Batman 1966 The Riddler vs. Gotham The Riddler
WOW can I be honest? Both shows portrayals of The Riddler blew my mind. They're so damn good in so many ways. Anyone whose a Riddler fan would enjoy a marathon with episodes. In 1966 version, he already is The Riddler that does have clever clues within riddles to his plans. Yes some of these are meant as jokes for the time but still a lot of thought for a show like this.

I like in Gotham, we get to learn a great deal about Edward. What he did before becoming The Riddler. Both shows has some great riddles for their time. Two very interesting takes on a very complex character. Two amazing actors that truly belong near the top for The Riddler. Yes I do like Jim Carrey's portrayal as well sue me.

Obviously we're comparing a much lighter Riddler to a darker one almost like two sides of the same coin. In 1966 show & movie, The Riddler is constantly throwing out riddles. He does attempt to fight Batman and Robin. In Gotham, Edward does go insane becoming The Riddler. You wouldn't believe some of the stuff he does to people.

Honestly I am really having a hard time deciding which version of The Riddler more. On one hand, due to a disagreement the guy who originally played Gomez Addams on The Addams Family briefly took over the role. Also over this a few episodes like False Face and Book Work happened. The Riddler has teamed up with several of Batman's enemies.

More recently on Gotham, Solomon Grundy has been helping Edward out. He helped one of Gordon's exes take over a fight club. Both versions has their own pros and cons. So the real riddle would be whose truly worthy the title the one true Riddler? After much needed thought I have decided to go with out 1966 version.

Despite a different actor not doing a good job as The Riddler and some episodes that got altered over a disagreement. Frank Gorshin truly steals the show with some strong personalities. I strongly felt even Gotham's Riddler isn't good enough to top him. I will say he does come very close. I really do want to see more of him in the near future.

Winner: Batman 1966 The Riddler

Round 3: Batman 1966 The Penguin vs. Gotham The Penguin

WOW just like The Riddler, both actors as The Penguin are very good at portraying him. Two truly worthy of Danny DeVito's take in Batman Returns aka my favorite version of the character. At one point both of them were mayor of Gotham City until something happened. Both are skilled at deception & thinking of ways of stopping the authorities in their tracks.

I got to be honest you could marathon episodes of their shows all day. They're portrayals of the characters are very excellent in their own right. In 1966 version does look more like the character while how he actually does thing is in Gotham. The Penguin may be given a mixed character due to how he was adapted over the years.

Right away two of your favorite characters will be them. I knew it as soon as I seen them both. In 1966 show & movie, The Penguin has teamed up with some villains to fight Batman and Robin. In Gotham, it shows how he rise to the top. Of course all kind of problems hits his way. The Penguin did truly terrible stuff to people you really wouldn't believe.

I got to be honest unlike the last two I covered. I don't have much to decide which Penguin is better. Let's be more direct DC comics is very proud with both actors. Simply choosing one over the other without a good enough reason won't cut it. In fact this very easily could end in a tie for many reasons. Both versions isn't afraid to do such under hand tricks.

Honestly on one hand with 1966 version does look more like the character. But on the other hand Gotham's version has an unique way of throwing people off. There is just something about him that quickly makes watching him worth every minute. In one episode of Batman 1966 he attempts robbing pretending to make a movie.

I felt this easily could go to either character. I really don't think in this rare occasion I could pick one over the other. I already know if I did, I would question myself over it. Therefore I decided to make this a tie. Both of them has things the other doesn't have but both actors really do an amazing job. Some of the craziest episodes of both shows centers around these two.

Winner: Tie

Batman 1966 vs. Gotham Comparisons Part 1 (Heroes)

Hi everyone I'm Jack Red, today I really want to compare two live action Batman shows. Well Gotham is what life in Gotham City like before Batman. Believe it or not a few decades, they attempted to make it happen as a TV show. Almost fifty years later, two great adaptations of Batman comics. Of course this stands as a major difference in time among other things.

I am here to talk about the handful of characters present in both shows. I do think a lot of Batman fans will agree while others will disagree. In the end I am doing this for fun & showing my passion for anything Batman. Honestly I got more than enough to talk about with all characters featured in this blog.

I should mention this will be a lengthy blog. Please take as many breaks as possible. This is more meant for big Batman fans like myself. If you are simply a fan of one or both shows. You are welcome to check this blog series out. Yes you heard me correctly I'm doing more covering as much needed stuff as possible.

Round 1: Batman 1966 James Gordon vs. Gotham James Gordon

This is incredibly different takes on one of Batman's biggest allies. James Gordon has done a lot for the Dark Knight in the comics. They're almost family with slight things separating them. They both want what's best for Gotham City. Of course times has changed from comics to both of these shows. I am still surprised how straight this one is going to go.

In Batman 1966, Commissioner Gordon phones Batman & Robin about everything mysterious or bad going on. Yes he does arrest people on the show usually after they take down the bad guys. But I felt Gotham's Captain Gordon is a better character. He is really trying to stop the corruption in his city. Yes he did some terrible things in the past.

This version of Gordon is much more faithful to the character. In 1966 version, he doesn't do much to help. Yes he gives instruction to his police officers. Sadly that's the most you are going to see out of him. In vice versa, Gotham has much more going  here. Gordon does talk to Bruce from time to time. He is willing to do whatever it takes to stop something really bad from happening.

This version doesn't usually give in to the bad guys. He has saved a lot of people on his own. Sometimes he can pull off miracles taking some risks. Gordon is working very hard to save his city from criminals. They kept giving him a love interest that eventually turns against him. My point is in so many ways this version way more than I expected him to be.

I am being honest Gordon truly stands out for making some difficult decision. He usually doesn't stand down against the likes of The Penguin or Jerome or anything else for that matter. I felt 1966 version wouldn't do much about those same issues. Let's be honest this was an easy win for Gotham. It's time to clean up our streets.

Winner: Gotham James Gordon

Round 2: Batman 1966 Bruce Wayne vs. Gotham Bruce Wayne

Obviously we need to talk about the main himself. In 1966 show, Bruce Wayne is pretty much what you expect of him. He already is Batman with Dick Grayson being Robin and Barbara Gorrdon as Batgirl. This version is one of the best you will ever see on TV I'm not kidding. I am still impressed by Adam West's performance.

In Gotham's case as stated before this was before Batman. Now before anyone gets the wrong idea about where this is going. This isn't going to count against that version of Bruce. In fact it adds more to him prior of becoming Batman. Therefore I still have a fair comparison to do. In one hand we already have Batman while in the other Bruce is on the verge of becoming Batman.

Honestly both actors do an amazing job being Bruce Wayne. More recently on Gotham, Bruce does dress up to take on criminals. In some episodes his butler, Alfred does some training with him. Now this adds more appeal to Gotham's version. In 1966 version as Batman, the police simply can't hold the criminals.

Which means this Bruce Wayne has to be on top of literately everything that could go wrong. This also includes people thinking or knowing he is Batman. They do a lot of interesting stuff to cover that up. By now you probably already knew about some of the ridiculous gadgets. Most of them are called bat this or bat that.

My main problem is if we took parts of both versions. Even Kevin Conroy would be running for his money. I am not sure if I should go with the older, more experienced or the younger, learning Bruce. Both of them are clearly some of the finest characters on both shows. For me it is difficult to simply pick between them.

Thankfully a slight edge goes to Batman 1966 version makes this a bit easier. No disrespect towards Gotham, I really enjoy watching Bruce in all kind of situations they put him in. I see a bright future for that actor. Sadly you simply can not compete with Adam West. He is one of the few actors to truly nail both Bruce & Batman. Do you know how rare that is?

Winner: Batman 1966 Bruce Wayne

Round 3: Batman 1966 Alfred vs. Gotham Alfred

This is going to be a very difficult comparison to do. Just like the previous ones I covered, I do respect both actors as Alfred. Both of them helps Bruce in so many ways. Not a lot of people know this but Alfred is Bruce's best friend. Both Alfred are old, experience, well mannered and patience. I always respected Alfred as a character.

Batman 1966 Alfred does take part in a lot of Batman's plans. Yes sometimes they go side ways but mostly he does the work at hand. In Gotham, he is taking care of Bruce since the murder of his parents. He attempted to help Bruce in many ways including training to fight. Alfred sometimes breaks his word to his master to help him.

Yes this does lead to several heated arguments. You can tell he truly cares about Bruce. Batman 1966 Alfred never had to deal with stuff like that. Also he briefly died but quickly got revived by Batman. Clearly both versions of Alfred are not only loyal but also willing to take risks. You do learn a great deal about Gotham's version.

I kid you not this is going to to be a nail bitter. I felt I should give this to Gotham's Alfred for many reasons. He simply isn't a supporting character like most of Batman 1966 Alfred's appearances. He does try to help Bruce even when he's going over his head relating to what happened to his parents. You can tell he is willing to take risks to help his master.

Winner: Gotham Alfred