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Freddy vs. Ghostbusters (2004)

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Movie Connections:
A Nightmare On Elm Street
> A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
> A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2:... (1985)
> A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream... (1987)
> A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The... (1988)
> A Nightmare On Elm Street: The... (1989)
> Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
> The Monster (1994)
> New Nightmare (1994)
> The Nightmare On Elm Street... (1999)
> Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
> Freddy vs. Ghostbusters (2004)
> A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
> Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street... (2010)
> A Wet Dream On Elm Street (2011)
> Creepy Peep Show 2 (2016)
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Ghostbusters
> Ghostbusters (1984)
> Ghostbusters II (1989)
> Freddy vs. Ghostbusters (2004)
> Ghostbusters (2016)
Genres:
Horror, Horror Comedy, Supernatural Horror
Director:
Hank Braxtan Hank Braxtan
Starring:
J. Michael Weiss J. Michael Weiss
Tim Johnson Tim Johnson
Jason Cook Jason Cook
Bradley J. Roddy Bradley J. Roddy
Elizabeth Hogan Elizabeth Hogan

6.4 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Every town has an Elm Street, and Denver is no exception. The man of your dreams crosses paths with the boys in gray--who will win the battle for 1980's supremacy? --IMDb
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Review by Lucid Dreams
Added: July 01, 2011
I have to give credit to Hank Braxtan; this was an interesting idea. When I first read about this I thought it was a joke because I accidentally stumbled upon it on imdb.com, but low and behold, this is no joke. Freddy Vs Ghostbusters is a fan film created by Braxtan and is popular over the internet. It mashes up the 80's films, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Ghostbusters, into one thirty-five minute short film. I enjoyed both of these films, so I figured it'd be interesting to see how these guys handled it.

The film starts off with Neil Anderson (J. Michael Weiss) having a nightmare of a man with knives for hands. It has been happening for awhile, but his good for nothing lazy roommate Chuck (Bradley Griffith, who looks like Susan Boyle from Britain's Got Talent) nor he think so much of it. He later joins up with, Ed Spengler (Tim Johnson), the nephew of the famous Ghostbuster, Egon Spengler, and their friend Eugene (Jason Cook), who doesn't like being Ed's assistant, to catch a poltergeist at a bar. They soon become the new Ghostbusters in their native Colorado suburb and everything goes well for them, until Freddy (Bradley J. Roddy) pops back up. Freddy has Neil's love interest, Nancy (Elizabeth Hogan), stuck in a dream and it is up to our heroes to stop him.

Let's first start with what was good about this. The story did an alright job on trying to keep things true to the originals without going overboard. I was happy to see they put some thought on the background with keeping things in the 80's with TV's, a Nintendo, and even the laptop to name a few. The Freddy make up was notable and even the acting was decent. What impressed me the most however was the whole get up of our Ghostbusters. They had the overalls, the proton packs, and even the trap down to good detail.

With the good on most movies comes the bad. The acting with half of the cast certainly wasn't Oscar-worthy; however, it was of decent caliber for most fan made films. All the jokes were a bit tacky and they put in a few references that didn't make much sense to be in a movie referencing the 80's. Sure, this was made during a time these references were popular, but they weren't necessary. For instance, a Matrix reference in the dialogue eeked a groan out of me. And the way some scenes were cut definitely put a spotlight on the fact that this was done by amateurs. I'll admit the montage was done well, but everything else was a bit choppy. One part of the audio that through me off was when the doctor spoke about Nancy and he sounded like a Speak N' Spell. A few parts in the audio had a lot of static in it as well that would disappear in the middle of the scene.

Overall: It's easy to say that this is a low budget film. I mean, you can download it straight from their website, Braxtanfilm.com, and you can see for yourself. I understood when watching this that I wasn't going to get the best performance I've seen, let alone the best quality. There is more I could say, but I think it would turn into a big spoiler if I talked too much about it. I will say that if you are a fan of both of these movies, you will have a nice trip down memory lane. The download is free, so you wouldn't be wasting that much time. It would also be wise to see the ending after the credits. 5/10.
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