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Really Awful Movies: Ep 244 – Halloween 2018

He’s back…Michael Myers is hunting Laurie Strode again in this new Halloween film.

Forty years have passed. “The Shape” has been confined to a mental hospital. Not only have forty years passed, Dr. Loomis has has well. In his stead, Dr. Sartain (a name, as forgettable as many elements of his film). The doc allows two Brit investigative journalist/podcasters to see if they can connect with Michael, who has been conspicuously mute for seemingly forever. They are allowed into the facility for the criminally insane. Michael Myers is not having any of it, and remains uncommunicative. One of the podcasters starts brandishing a replica mask, goading him.

Here we are folks. It’s Halloween, a film with big boots to fill. The original is a stone-cold classic, one of the best horror films of all time.

How does this one stack up? Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a grandmother now, still haunted by fears of Michael. She is a survivalist, estranged from the family, holed up in an armed compound with provisions, tons of arms, etc. Seems like she has a right to be worried. You see, in that time honored cliche tradition, there’s a prison transfer. Michael is being sent to another facility. You know what happens, right?

If you don’t, it’s disclosed in the trailer.

So now it’s up to Laurie Strode to put an end to the Bogeyman forever. Will she? Tune in!



Really Awful Movies: Ep 243 – A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

Not heralded upon release, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child was a film we deemed worthy of a revisit to see how it’s aged.

So, is this the Tom Cruise of sequels? Or is this an installment that needs to be shot full of Botox? Interestingly (and this came as a shock to both hosts of the Really Awful Movies Podcast), this one is not only not half-bad, it’s actually a very worthy entry into the iconic Springwood Slasher series.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 sees a return to form for the gloved one, a nightmare to children everywhere (Michael Jackson jokes at this point are a little passe). Less quipster, more killing, this Freddy is one we came to know and love.

In this one, there’s a fetus, a dreaming baby that’s the conduit for Freddy’s return to wreck havoc on the denizens of Elm Street. It’s a bizarro conceit, but hella-cool too. You gotta just accept and run with it.

Are the performances great? Not particularly, but Freddy’s kills and the audaciousness of the plot carries the day. Who would’ve thought? A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge was not one we fondly remembered either, and yet we found some nuggets of cool therein as well. So, tune in and check out the Really Awful Movies Podcast. This is the third Nightmare on Elm Street film we’ve discussed. Dig through our archives and unearth the others, you’ll be glad you did.