Top 10 Supernatural Episodes!

If you know anything about me at all, you’ll probably know that I’m a little bit obsessed with the television show Supernatural. I’ve been watching since January of this year, and am all caught up and ready to watch the upcoming season (can you believe it’s at season 13?!). I thought that the perfect way to celebrate the occasion would be to share with you my top 10 favorite episodes of the series.

This was a very difficult list to make. There are tons of really fun, enjoyable episodes but unfortunately I could only narrow it down to 10.

Remember, this is my list, so don’t feel bad if your favorite episode isn’t included. I probably still like that episode, there just wasn’t enough room to include it on this list.

Also, special note – “Swan Song” is NOT going to be included in this list. It’s a wonderful episode, and probably one of the greatest season finales of all time, but because it’s #1 on everyone‘s list I wanted mine to be a little different. 😉

Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

10. Ghostfacers (Season 3, written by Ben Edlund)

“Gay love can pierce through the veil of death and save the day…”

Okay, so maybe this is a weird episode to put on this list. But oh my god I loved this episode so much. I found the characters of Harry Spangler and Ed Zeddmore to be absolutely hilarious – I loved them since their debut in season 1’s “Hell House” (which is definitely an honorable mention as it’s such a fun episode). I don’t know about you, but they kinda remind me of Jonathan and Andrew from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Ben Edlund is known for his odd, creative episodes. I’ve been in love with his work ever since Smile Time on Joss Whedon’s Angel (because oh my god how can you not love puppet!Angel?!?) and he has done some wonderfully strange things during his time writing for Supernatural.

In Ghostfacers, characters Harry and Ed have decided to start their own reality show in which they explore haunted places and ‘hunt’ ghosts and other supernatural beings, titled “Ghostfacers”, and they add a few new faces to their team including Ed’s adopted sister Maggie and their gay intern Corbett.

Just…just the theme song… I’ll admit, I was very confused for the first ten or so minutes of the episode. The whole episode is the pilot episode of “Ghostfacers”, which is kind of wonderful once you’ve gotten used to the strange format. I think one of my favorite parts is Sam and Dean swearing. Because this is a reality show, it makes use of bleeping, which means we can actually see how often Sam and Dean curse, which is weirdly amusing to hear.

I also appreciate this episode because unlike other episodes on this list, it doesn’t make me cry.

9. All Hell Break’s Loose Pts. 1 & 2 (Season 2, written by Sera Gamble and Eric Kripke)

“I’ve got you. That’s my job, right? Watch out for my pain-in-the-ass little brother?”

Ah…

I enjoyed season 1.

I enjoyed season 2.

But, my friends, the season 2 finale is what truly hooked me and turned me into the obsessive fan I am now.

OH. MY. GOD. THE. PAIN.

Technically I was expecting the events of these episodes to happen. I wasn’t exactly going into this show blindly. But still…this was kind of difficult to watch, yet in a good way.

It’s true, I fell pretty madly in love with Sam and Dean fairly early on in the series, like, in the first episode, but I became very emotionally invested in their characters by the season 2 finale. Now I can’t help it. It hurts to see bad things happen to them. Even little bad things. Like paper cuts. And this was just the very beginning of that.

I though that this two-part episode did a wonderful job not only concluding the season 1-season 2 story arc, but also opening the gateway for season 3 which would in turn open the gateway for seasons 4 and 5, which is arguably the best story arc of the series (is it even arguable? I’m pretty sure everyone loves seasons 4 and 5).

And my goodness, Dean’s monologue in part 2? asdfkrkalfjkeafeaji;fjeka;jfkmea;jolejfaio; WHY.

8. The Man Who Would Be King (Season 6, written by Ben Edlund)

“The grand story, and we ripped up the ending, and the rules, and destiny, leaving nothing but freedom and choice. Which is all well and good, except… but what if I’ve made the wrong choice?”

I hated season 6, most specifically the first half of season 6, with a burning passion. And yet, somehow Ben Edlund was able to write an episode so beautiful that I loved it enough to include it on this list.

My poor, poor baby Castiel how I ever so badly want to just pull you out of the screen and wrap you up in a big blanket and tell the mean evil nasty writers to stop doing such cruel things to you!!

I think out of all of the Supernatural writers, Ben Edlund wrote Castiel the best. Throughout the second half of season 6, we start to see Castiel doing bad things and seemingly becoming evil. But in this episode we get to see his side of the story. And it kind of hurts.

Before this, I just thought that Ben Edlund could write really funny episodes. But he can write really beautiful, heart-shattering ones too. And I love him for it.

7. A Very Supernatural Christmas (Season 3, written by Jeremy Carver)

“Well, the first thing you have to know is we have the coolest dad in the world. He’s a superhero.”

This could have easily been just a goofy Christmas special with no real substance to it, and yet instead it became something kind of perfect. Half the episode centers around Sam and Dean hunting a pagan god who is sacrificing people at Christmastime. The other half, my favorite part of the episode, shows a younger Sam and Dean celebrating Christmas together while their father is away on a hunt.

I love just about any episode that features Sam and Dean as children, but this one is my favorite.

Why?

Well, besides it centering around Christmas (my favorite time of the year), this episode debuts the Samulet (to those who aren’t as deep into fandom, that’s the amulet Sam gifts Dean, and which Dean is shown wearing a lot during the earlier seasons). I have a very weird emotional attachment to the Samulet, I will literally burst into tears anytime it’s shown on screen (which I will touch on more later on). And, just…this episode is so cute.

I could gush about it for ages, but I think we’ll just move on to the next episode on the list.

6. Reading is Fundamental (Season 7, written by Ben Edlund)

“I don’t fight any more. I watch the bees.”

So…going into Supernatural, I was fully prepared to ship the most popular ship, Destiel. And, yeah, Dean and Cas would probably make a very cute couple. Except for…you know…the fact that megstielisthemostbeautifulshipinthewholeentireworldandnobodywilleverbeabletotellmeotherwiseokay?????

AHHHHHHHH

*deep breath*

Remember how I said that Ben Edlund wrote Cas the best?

I LOVE this episode with all of my heart. Crazy!Cas is absolutely my favorite iteration of Castiel, he’s just so gosh darn cute! And has so hilariously quotable…

And Meg! MEG! Rachel Miner’s version of Meg was pure perfection, and this episode solidified my love of Meg eternally. She is my favorite character in the whole entire show, and just… Meg and Cas are just so perfect for each other??

Oh god…I’m not even halfway through the list yet and I’m already gushing like crazy…

Oh! And this episode is the debut of Kevin too!!

I don’t understand people who say that season 7 is the worst season of the show. I love it perhaps a little bit too much.

5. Don’t Call Me Shurley (Season 11, written by Robbie Thompson)

“We should probably talk.”

Okay…deep breath…

This episode is a masterpiece.

I’m brand new to the fandom. I literally started watching this January. Season 11 had already come and gone, and the identity of God had already become common knowledge by the time I got to this episode, so it didn’t necessarily come as a surprise to me. But just…this episode was so well written.

One of my favorite things is the fact that this was a huge secret kept since the finale of season 5, that only a few people in the whole world (including Rob Benedict) knew who God really was. And it was a highly debated and speculated topic among the fandom for years. And for the theories to be true? For it to be officially revealed in such a way? It’s just plain awesome.

And I really love Rob Benedict. He’s a wonderful actor and human, so it was very nice to get to see him on the show again. And the fact that he got to sing in the episode just made it even more special.

And THE ENDING. The second the Samulet appeared, glowing in Sam’s pocket, I started sobbing. HE KEPT IT?! AHHHHH

Okay…deep breath…

Also, I must ask – I know that the fandom  hates Metatron. I hated him too for a while. But, in this episode, I dunno…I kind of stopped hating him? Is that okay? Did other people start to like him after this episode too, or am I just weird?

I’m probably just weird.

4. Don’t You Forget About Me (Season 11, written by Nancy Won)

“I solemnly swear not to hunt like a dumbass.”

I am DYING with excitement over the prospect of the Wayward Daughters (or…sisters) spinoff. I LOVE Jody, Donna, Alex, and Claire (and I am SO EXCITED to meet Patience and Kaia in season 13!!) And just…I want it to do well. I want this spinoff to be successful. We need it.

I loved this episode, it was our first taste of what the spinoff could be, and I thought it was awesome.

This episode centers around Jody’s life caring for Alex and Claire. We see that Alex has adjusted well, doing well in school and even dating one of the popular boys. Claire, on the other hand, would much rather be hunting.

I really loved the dynamics between Jody, Alex, and Claire. They’re all such interesting characters with so much potential, and finally seeing them together was awesome. We already saw Jody and Alex together in the season 9 episode “Alex Annie Alexis Ann”, but I was very excited to see the dynamics of Jody and Claire, and Alex and Claire. Thinking about it makes me even more excited to see how the addition of Donna changes things too. (I’m gonna throw in the season 10 episode “Hibbing 911” as an honorable mention~)

3. Pac-Man Fever (Season 8, written by Robbie Thompson)

“I’m a wee bit obsessive. If a ‘wee bit’ means completely.”

OBVIOUSLY I had to include a Charlie episode to this list! Charlie is one of my favoritest characters from the show, and Felicia Day is one of my favoritest actresses/humans in the world. I met her at Boston Comic Con this year and it was kind of the greatest day of my life. 😛

It was very difficult deciding on my favorite Charlie episode, because almost all of them are amazing, but I finally decided upon “Pac-Man Fever” for various reasons.

Firstly, we get Charlie’s backstory in this one! I love getting to find out more of the history behind my favorite characters. Sometimes it helps me to love them even more than I already do. I thought that this episode did so beautifully.

I also really loved getting to see Charlie hunting with the boys, and becoming a “woman of letters”. In her first two episodes, she’s still a bit unsure around Sam and Dean and still wanting a ‘normal life’. In this episode, however, she has embraced the existence of the supernatural and considers the boys her dearest friends.

And there are so many hugs in this episode! I think I’m a ‘wee bit’ jealous of Felicia Day for getting to hug Jared and Jensen so many times during the shooting of this episode. It must have been lovely.

2. Goodbye Stranger (Season 8, written by Robbie Thompson)

“Go. Save your brother… and my unicorn.”

Okay.

I am going to type my feelings about this episode without crying. I’m going to ignore the fact that my eyes are actually watering right now. I am not going to cry. I am not going to cry. I am not going to…ugh.

THIS EPISODE. DUDE.

I’ve heard people talk about this episode before, and I’ve heard of it referred to as ‘the Destiel episode’. But…WHAT?

No.

I’m sorry.

Destiel is all fine and good, except for the fact that THIS IS MY MEGSTIEL EPISODE GOSH DARN IT!

AHHHHHHHHH

Just…just… I get it, okay? Dean and Cas have a special moment. But Robbie Thompson made this the most beautiful episode ever that literally made me fall so deeply in love with Meg’s character.

Season 1 Meg was okay, but to me she was just another villain and I didn’t really care. In season 7, Ben Edlund started to make me think that maybe there was so much more to her character after all. And then…in this episode…

SHE CALLED CAS HER UNICORN.

I…I can’t…I’m sorry…

1. Fan Fiction (Season 10, written by Robbie Thompson)

Supernatural has everything. Life, death, resurrection, redemption — but above all, family. All set to music you can really tap your toe to. It isn’t some meandering piece of genre dreck, it’s… epic.

This is my favorite episode of Supernatural.

I feel like, out of all the writers of the show past and present, it was Robbie Thompson who truly got fandom. Even now, no longer writing for the show, he is still an active member of the Supernatural fan community and a loving supporter of the show. And thus no other writer could have written the 200th episode more perfectly than this.

This episode truly was a love letter to the fans – both poking fun at aspects of the fandom (for example Sam and Dean reacting to Destiel) while also celebrating the fandom as a whole.

The episode takes place at an all-girl’s high school, where a bunch of girls are putting together a musical production based on the Supernatural books by Carver Edlund. There’s hilarious songs (“A Single Man Tear”…”I’ll Just Wait Here Then”…) Tons of references to events of earlier seasons. A beautiful performance of “Carry on My Wayward Son”.

There’s a scene where one of the girls hands Dean a handmade replica of the Samulet, telling him “you never should’ve thrown this away.” And I cried.

Guys, that was the first time the Samulet had even been mentioned since the infamous scene in Season 5.

I just…I love this show.

I really hope that Season 13 is a great season, and that Wayward Sisters will be a successful spinoff. And that I don’t have to say goodbye to this series too soon. There are a lot of problems with the show, with it’s occasional bad writing and poor treatment of female characters.

But deep down…this show is beautiful.

What are your favorite episodes of Supernatural? Are you excited for Season 13? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Eleanor – A Short Story

 

“Would you like some tea?” the small girl asked, taking her pastel purple teapot and gesturing it towards me. She paused, awaiting my reply, and then grinned as she poured the liquid into my little cup. I’m quite certain it was mere water in the pot, but that did not matter. She called it tea, the finest tea in the entire universe, and I believed her.

 

Next she took up a small bowl, which was empty to those who lacked imagination, and gestured to me again. “One lump of sugar, or two?”

 

I always asked for two.

 

After giving me two lumps of pretend sugar, she took up my little teacup and made me drink. The tea tasted lovely, sweet yet not sickly so. However slowly the flavor changed, and became bitter. Suddenly it was not tea at all, nor water, but dust. Liquid changed to solid, and I began to choke on it. I wanted to cry out, to tell her to stop, but I could not.

 

I could not speak.

 

Everything grew dark and cloudy. The vision faded, and suddenly I was back upon my shelf.

 

I had this dream quite often. I would get lost in the nostalgia. I craved these memories. Even though the ending was unpleasant, I enjoyed the beginning and middle of it immensely.

 

My beloved Eleanor, the girl who cared for me and played with me for as long as I could remember, had ‘grown up’ as humans call it. She is no longer a child like I am (if I could even be called a ‘child’). She placed me upon the highest shelf and left me there to rot.

 

I can still vividly recall the day that it happened. The day my Eleanor had ‘grown up’.

 

I had begun to notice a change in her. We didn’t play together nearly as often as we once had. She seemed to be preoccupied with other things – her human friends, boys, and ‘going out’. She went out often before she had ‘grown up’, but she usually took me along with her. Suddenly she was leaving me behind. Setting me on her bed, or upon her nightstand. I would sit there quietly, waiting for her return. When she came home I would call out to her, but she couldn’t hear me.

 

Some nights, when she was sad, she would pick me up and hug me tightly.

 

One night, however, she was angry, and threw me to the floor. There was a snap – my small porcelain leg cracked. The pain was agonizing. I stayed there on the floor for weeks, suffering.

 

She did eventually pick me back up, repairing my leg with glue. But then she did something strange. Something she had never done to me before. She put me up on a high shelf – the highest shelf in the room – and left me there.

 

I had never truly been alone before. For a few hours here and there, perhaps. But years? I did not understand why my Eleanor did not love me anymore. We were the closest of friends. She shared secrets with me that nobody else knew. For example, that she broke her mother’s favorite flower vase and hid it behind the sofa so she wouldn’t get in trouble.

 

But I suppose that now that she had ‘grown up’ she had more important people to confide her secrets in.

 

I do not know quite how many years have passed since that day. Ten? Twenty? One hundred?

 

The room has changed much during that time. What was once the beautiful bedroom of a young child had now evolved into what I believe is a sewing room. Not that it’s ever used. I can’t recall the last time someone has set foot in here. I’ve grown accustomed to the dust and lonesomeness.

 

In this time I’ve learned many things.

 

It took days, months, years of practice. Slowly, slowly I taught myself to stand. To walk. To tread carefully and silently. To fall to the floor and land upon my feet, like a cat (or so they say).

 

If Eleanor couldn’t come back to me, I would come back to her. And at last, I could show her how I feel. I could make her feel the heartbreak that I felt on the day she threw me aside. On the day I was abandoned and placed upon this shelf. I want to feel her heart break. My heart isn’t real. But her heart can be stabbed, shattered, broken.

 

I’ve only ever seen blood once. We were playing out in the garden – Eleanor had tripped and fallen onto a small, sharp rock and cut open her knee. It was scary then. She cried and she cried and she cried. It took weeks to convince her to play outside again after that.

 

Would it be scary now?

 

There were many other objects in this little room. When nobody was around to hear or see, I would walk about and search for useful things. A pair of scissors would do nicely. I found one in a small hat-box full of sewing supplies. I carefully took it and concealed it behind me upon my shelf. Nobody hardly ever entered this room anymore, so I doubted anyone would even notice that the scissors had disappeared.

 

I was sitting quietly on my shelf one evening, when I heard the pitter, patter, pitter, patter of footsteps headed in the direction of this room. I was very pleased, and also a tad surprised, by who I saw enter. It was an older woman with dark, graying hair. She seemed almost unrecognizable at first, until I saw her eyes.

 

Those eyes.

 

I was taken aback when I saw the woman’s eyes. It couldn’t possibly be her eyes. But indeed they were. They were the very same bright blue, shining eyes of my Eleanor.

 

I was ready to strike at any moment, until suddenly something odd occurred. Eleanor reached out and picked me up.

 

“Hello there,” Eleanor told me, her voice dripping with affection. “My goodness, I haven’t seen you in years! You’ve collected much dust and cobwebs, haven’t you dear?”

 

What was this? How could she even think to speak to me in this way now of all times? And yet, although I was furious, I listened to her intently. I tried and failed to ignore the fact that I desperately missed the sound of her voice, even despite the fact that age had changed it slightly. It was still her voice, and I loved the sound of it.

 

She proceeded to surprise me even more, brushing off the dust and cobwebs that decorated me and giving me a brand new red dress to wear (as the green one I had worn for years had faded into a dull grey, and was torn in a few places).

 

“Now then! I have someone that I would like for you to meet,” Eleanor told me. I was even more confused now. However there was nothing I could do. The scissors were still upon my shelf, lying untouched, and I was held gently in Eleanor’s loving arms. I wasn’t sure what emotion I was supposed to be feeling in this moment. This was not in my plans.

 

She took me away down the hall and into a different room that I did not remember. In the room was a small girl, who’s appearance startled me at first. She was the striking image of young Eleanor. Even her eyes had the same shining glow to them.

 

“This is my granddaughter, Sophie,” Eleanor told me. “She’s going to be your new friend.”

 

New friend? I started to feel upset again. ‘Sophie’ was not Eleanor. I didn’t want anybody else besides Eleanor! But…did I still want Eleanor? I wanted Eleanor to suffer, but now… I was unsure what I wanted.

 

Sophie reached out for me, smiling brightly. It was the same smile I remembered on Eleanor’s face the day we first met. I spent the whole rest of the day with Sophie, playing some of the games that Eleanor and I used to play, and some new ones that I’ve never heard of before.

 

“I love you,” Sophie whispered in my ear after the two of us were tucked into her little bed that night. She fell asleep soon after, her small arms wrapped around me. Her words resonated in my head.

 

I love you.

 

Those were words long forgotten.

 

I love you.

 

Eleanor once told me those words, when she was much smaller. At the time I cherished it. I would repeat those words in my mind over and over again. I love you. I love you. I love you.

 

I loved Eleanor too, once.

 

But love is an emotion I can no longer feel.

 

Later, in the morning, Eleanor would find my message written on the wall by Sophie’s bed. Letters drawn from dripping blood –

 

I LOVE YOU ELEANOR

 

I seated myself on the windowsill – the window open, a slight breeze ruffling my auburn hair. I heard the sound of a mockingbird announcing the morning’s arrival minutes before Eleanor entered the room.

 

I heard her scream as I slipped, falling, falling, falling from the window.

 

My last thought before I thought no more…

 

Now Sophie will never have to grow up.

Book Review: Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

“This is what happens, when things are not quite a fairy tale.
You go into the woods to find your story. If you are brave, if you are fortunate, you walk out of them to find your life.”

Roses and Rot, the debut novel of author Kat Howard, is a richly atmospheric fantasy/fairy tale-ish novel that asks the difficult question, “what would you sacrifice in the name of success?”

The story follows two sisters, Imogene and Marin, who were both accepted into a prestigious artist’s retreat in New Hampshire called Melete. I must say, Melete itself was one of my favorite parts of the book. A year-long retreat for gifted artists who want to be successful in their craft, whether their craft is writing like Imogene or dancing like Marin, and the opportunity to work alongside an already famous artist and learn directly from them… It’s an opportunity to die for! And the way Kat Howard describes the setting alone makes you feel as if you’re right there along with the characters. I was captivated by this world within the first few chapters.

But things at Melete aren’t what they seem… As this is a spoiler free review, I’m going to refrain from sharing too much details regarding the fey, however I will note that I loved the way they were incorporated into the story. I almost want to call this book magical realism rather than straight-up fantasy, as it’s written in such a way that the fey seem almost plausible, if that makes any sense at all. Or perhaps I just have a very overactive imagination…

This is a slower paced, atmospheric novel, and while generally speaking I’m more interested in faster, more action-packed stories, I found myself having a difficult time putting this book down. While it’s a slow build up, the story gets progressively stranger and more fascinating with every chapter. Especially towards the conclusion…I was desperate to see how it ended!

My favorite part of this book was definitely the characters themselves. But, then again, the characters are pretty much my favorite part of any book. I had difficulty deciding on who was my most favorite character. It’s probably Imogene, as we are both writers, although I did end up find myself liking Helena a bit as well. There really aren’t any pointless side characters in this book – every named character has a certain amount of depth and relevance to the plot, which I really appreciated. It made the story even more exciting and engrossing, as I really did come to care about these characters. They weren’t just characters, they were people!

I would say that the only part of the story I really did not enjoy was the romance, as I am not a huge romance fan, but thankfully it did not overshadow the plot too much so it didn’t ruin the reading experience for me.

I’ve decided to rate this book four out of five stars. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read, and one that I definitely recommend. Who do I recommend this too?

Anyone who is an artist!

Anyone who loves fairy tales!

Anyone who enjoys darker, creepy stories!

Anyone who dreams of fame and success!

I’d also recommend this book to anyone who’s read and enjoyed The Call by Peadar O’Guilin. The books aren’t super similar, but I still thought this book felt oddly reminiscent of it. Maybe that’s just me.

I think this is the perfect story to read this month, as while I wouldn’t call it straight-up horror it does have a nice eeriness to it. It’s what you could call a ‘real’ fairy tale story.

I’m going to the Merrimack Halloween Book Festival later this month, and I’m excited to get to meet Kat Howard there and get a copy of her newest book An Unkindness of Magicians, which sounds like a very exciting read.

Have you read Roses and Rot? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Movie Rant/Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street series PART TWO

It’s finally here…the second half of my A Nightmare on Elm Street series review! In this post we’re going to be covering the last four films – A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Baby, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, and Freddy vs. Jason.

Again, as I said in the previous post,  this is going to contain lots of spoilers, so if you have not seen the movies and would like to, then I would advise you to do so first and then come back to this post. With that said, let’s begin!

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Baby

So, I went into this movie with very low expectations for two reasons – firstly, because I was so terribly disappointed in the mess that was The Dream Master, and also because my mother who raves about these movies said that she didn’t enjoy this one very much compared to the other ones.

I will say, in comparison to The Dream Master, this movie actually tried to have a plot. Not necessarily a good plot, but at least there was one.

This movie again follows the character of Alice (our final girl from The Dream Master), who has just graduated high-school alongside her boyfriend Dan and some new friends (because all of her friends from the previous film are dead). We later discover that Alice is pregnant. This is where the movie starts to get weird…

Apparently, Freddy decides to feed the baby the souls of the people he kills to make him like himself. Why is he doing this? What is the actual point of giving Jacob his powers? It’s never really explained, which kind of bugged me. Clearly the writers were running out of ideas.

Although this movie has a significantly lower death-count than some of the previous movies, this is considered to be the most graphic movie of the entire franchise. I don’t know the full extent of how graphic this movie was, as I watched a cut version on TV, but supposedly the original unedited version of the movie was the first and only to receive an X rating. This movie has an eerier tone than Dream Warriors and The Dream Master, and yet it does not successfully tell a good story. Honestly, even with my numerous issues with The Dream Master, I still found that it made more sense than this within the context of the rest of the series.

Is there any praise I can give this film? I appreciated it trying to add to the Freddy lore a bit, showing us more of Amanda Krueger’s character and also giving her a more significant role in the story.

This is one of the only A Nightmare on Elm Street movies to have a seemingly happy ending. Nancy and Kristin were both eventually killed by Freddy, but this is the last we ever see of Alice. We can assume that they live happily ever after, and never have to deal with Freddy ever again.

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

Oh. My. God.

So, even though I was not a huge fan of some of the sequels, I could at least find some form of enjoyment while watching them, even if it was a teeny tiny infant mouse-sized amount of enjoyment. But for this movie…not so much.

This movie is the epitome of crap.

There was nothing good about this movie. Nothing. 

This movie is so bad, that I cannot even consider it even remotely canon. It doesn’t really follow along the main plotline, and adds in extra lore that only serves the purpose of putting an end to the franchise. But…spoiler alert…the franchise didn’t end.

I did read on Wikipedia that originally this movie would be about a 15-year-old Jacob (Alice’s son), and he would be the one to defeat Freddy once and for all. Honestly, I think that this movie would have been much better if that had been the case. It probably wouldn’t be a great movie, but at least it would follow the canon.

But no. Instead we get the super exciting 3D-for-like-ten-minutes ‘grand finale’, which pretty much only appealed to the 10-12 year old’s who made up the franchise’s fan base at that point. I found it amusing that A Nightmare on Elm Street in the 80s-90s ended up the exact same way that the Five Nights at Freddy’s video games ended up currently. The only difference is that even with the young fan base, the FNAF games still got progressively scarier and didn’t try to dumb themselves down to appeal more to children (not including perhaps the RPG-style FNAF World, although I don’t believe that was intended to be horror in the first place).

In this movie, it is revealed that the reason Freddy is unkillable due to the fact that he is possessed by ‘dream demons’ who give him his power. Freddy is eventually defeated (by his daughter…because yeah, apparently he had a child) by being pulled out of her dream and getting killed in real life.

The kills in this movie were unbelievably stupid. I complained about the deaths in The Dream Master, but those could never compare to the stupidity that were the deaths in this movie. You can tell that this film was geared towards children. It didn’t even attempt to be scary. It was a pitiful ‘finale’ to a series that didn’t even end.

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

THANK THE LORD.

THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.

I’ll repeat what I said in my previous post – I LOVED the original A Nightmare on Elm Street. It was a fantastic movie, one of my favorite horror movies of all time, and I was so disappointed to find that none of the other movies in the series could compare. But then years later, Wes Craven finally returns to the franchise and gives a beautiful perfect movie that captures everything I loved about the original and tells a completely new story.

I would honestly go so far as to say that A Nightmare on Elm Street and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare are the only truly canon movies in the franchise. I don’t care what anyone else says – this was what I wanted all along, and I am so happy that I actually got it.

This is a strange movie, and completely different from the rest of the franchise as it takes place in our world (or, an alternate version of our world) and centers around Heather Langenkamp and her son Dylan. In this world, Freddy Krueger is a demon who was drawn to the A Nightmare on Elm Street films and was finally freed on the release of Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. The only way to defeat him once and for all is for Wes Craven to write a final script in which Heather has to take on the role of Nancy one last time. Something really cool about this film is that a lot of the people who worked on the movies make appearances in this film as themselves, for example Wes Craven and Robert Shaye, as well as some of the original actors like John Saxon and Nick Corri. This perhaps adds to the odd realism of the movie.

Unlike the rest of the franchise, which are pure slasher films, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare again focuses more on the characters of Heather and Dylan and less on the kills, which is more or less exactly what I had wanted. It also shows the return of the darker, more menacing Freddy of the first film. If you loved Freddy due to his humor and wittiness, perhaps this movie will be a disappointment. But as someone who preferred the creepiness of the original, I greatly appreciated it.

One aspect of the movie that I really enjoyed was the character of Dylan. In all of the other movies, Freddy only went after teenagers in their dreams. While clearly that works better in that context (who would want to watch a movie about a bunch of little kids getting slaughtered in their dreams?), it would be more realistic for Freddy to haunt the dreams of small children.

Dylan had a special stuffed dinosaur named Rex who he claimed throughout the movie protected him from Freddy. In one heartbreaking scene, Heather finds Rex brutally torn to pieces as Rex was unable to fight off Freddy. While I stated before that Nancy was my favorite character…I take that back. Rex is my favorite.

Overall, this movie was perfect. While the original will always be my favorite, this was exactly the sequel I wanted and is one that I will definitely re-watch many times in the future.

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

After watching the wonderfulness that was Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, I didn’t really feel the need to watch any more movies of the franchise, but in the end I agreed to check out one more.

I did not hate Freddy vs Jason, although I do feel that this is one of those movies that appeals much more to die-hard fans of the A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th movie franchises, and not so much to people like me who find slasher films mediocre at best.

Something I appreciated was the fact that this film proved that Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare was not canon. Following that movie’s logic, all the children of Elm Street were dead and Freddy Krueger was no more. The ‘dream demons’ had left him and he died permanently.

But hey, would you look at that, Freddy is not dead.

In this movie, Freddy can no longer terrorize the children of Elm Street as nobody believes in him anymore. Without fear, he is nothing. He decides to revive that fear by summoning Jason Vorhees and sending him to terrorize Elm Street. However, all is not well as Jason won’t stop killing and is keeping Freddy away from all potential victims. This eventually leads to the titular showdown.

The plot of the movie held my interest, and I did find myself liking some of the characters, mainly Lori, Will, and Mark (who, fun fact, was played by the same actor that played Max the crazy psychic from Supernatural season 1!!). There were, however, a few parts of the movie that confused me, mainly Lori’s backstory, where it is revealed that Freddy was the one who killed her mother (Freddy only goes after teens. Why did he go after Lori’s mother and not Lori herself?)

The last half hour or so of the movie is dedicated to the face off between Freddy and Jason, which honestly bored me… I don’t mind fight scenes, but I find excessively long ones to be kind of dull. And, especially since we all know at this point that Freddy and Jason cannot actually be killed. Even though Jason won the fight, Freddy still survived. There was, essentially, no point to the duel at all. I was honestly relieved when the credits rolled. It was finally over!

Despite that, this was not a bad movie. It just didn’t necessarily appeal to me as much as it could have, as I was not really a part of its target audience.

 

So, there you have it! This has been my thoughts on all of the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies (minus A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge and the 2010 remake).

What do you think of these movies? Which one is your favorite? Which is your least favorite? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Movie Rant/Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street series PART ONE (1, 3, & 4)

The popular A Nightmare on Elm Street horror movie franchise is one that I have mixed feelings about. While it has some aspects that I love, there is also a lot that I really just dislike about these movies. Maybe I’m just being overly critical of them. Maybe it’s because I didn’t grow up with them, and part of their charm is the childhood nostalgia. Maybe it’s because I was expecting them to be…well, scary? But perhaps that was too much to ask.

Because this is going to be really long and rant-y, I’m going to split it up into multiple parts. Today we’ll be discussing movies 1, 3, and 4 (we’re just gonna go ahead and skip 2).

Please note that this is going to contain lots of spoilers, so if you have not seen the movies and would like to, then I would advise you to do so first and then come back to this post. This would be spoiler free, but there is going to be a bit of ranting and I couldn’t figure out a good way to do that without lots of spoilers. Sorry ’bout that!

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street is about a child murderer named Fred Krueger who was burned alive by a group of angry parents and was supposedly killed. However, years later he returns to get revenge on them by killing their children in their dreams. It’s an interesting premise, and this movie is one of the only movies in the entire series that I feel did it right.

Everything about this movie just kind of works. I loved the creepy atmosphere of this movie – it felt so…real. Or, at least as real as a nightmare feels. There are so many scenes in this movie that genuinely reminded me of my own childhood nightmares. This movie was intense, creepy, and just really really fun to watch.

And the first death scene? Is it weird that I really enjoyed watching it? Does that make me a really awful, evil, morbid person? Maybe?? 😛 I really wasn’t expecting it – the beginning of the movie really made it seem that Tina was our main character. I was genuinely surprised by this plot twist.

After her abrupt and bloody demise, we finally shift focus onto our true final girl… Nancy.

I LOVE Nancy. She is most definitely my favorite character of the entire series.

I loved that rather than focusing on the kills, an issue that I have with both the rest of the franchise and slasher films in general, this movie seemed to focus more on Nancy herself and her struggle against Freddy.  And there is so rarely much character development in these sorts of movies, but Nancy actually got to have a really great character arc over the course of this film which I really appreciated and enjoyed. She is a really strong, empowering female protagonist and one of my favorite fictional characters of all time.

I watched this movie last year and absolutely LOVED it, and was very excited this year to watch the rest of the series. My mother raved about these movies. Surely if the first one was that amazing, the rest must be even better, right?

Right?

…right???

Aww. Boy was I disappointed.

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

Okay, so I didn’t hate this movie.

The first half of this film was great! The opening scene of the movie was eerie, much like the first one, and I was really excited to see where the story was going to go.

In this movie, Freddy returns and tries to kill off the few remaining Elm Street kids who have all been recently put into a mental hospital. The best part of the movie? We see the return of Nancy who, fearing that Freddy Krueger may be at work, comes to help the kids fight back! We also get some more Freddy backstory in this one, which I found quite interesting.

This movie has a mixture of kinda creepy and kinda blah death scenes. Our first death, Philip, was actually genuinely creepy and intense, but Jennifer’s death was just so…eh? that I was just really disappointed. After that my enjoyment level of the movie slowly started to decrease, and I was starting to  get the feeling that this movie wasn’t going to be anything like the original.

The next couple character deaths in this movie felt really unnecessary. They were setting up something that could have actually been kind of interesting – dream warriors! – and it really just…didn’t do anything for me. So they have these super cool dream powers that they’re gonna use to fight back against Freddy!! But….it wasn’t even them who did it. It was Dr. Neil Gordon who ‘kills’ Freddy. Not saying I have anything against his character or anything, he was okay. But doesn’t that make the whole ‘dream warrior’ concept kind of pointless?

Hey, I didn’t even mention our movie’s ‘final girl’ yet. I really DID NOT LIKE Kristin. I don’t even know why, there was nothing inherently wrong with her character. There just wasn’t anything all that great about her character either. She was just…there. With such an awesome character like Nancy as the protagonist of the first movie, I had expected SO MUCH of Kristin, and got a whole lot of nothing from her. Literally nothing.

 

And then they went and killed off Nancy! Dude. Nancy was awesome, and Kristin was sooooooooo meh. Why couldn’t we have killed off HER?

Oh, right, because Kristin has the power to pull people into her dreams, and we need that power for the fourth movie.

And the fourth movie is going to be even worse than the third movie, so we can’t have a super awesome character like Nancy getting involved.

Ugh…

*deep sigh*

Okiedokie.

Moving on…

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

This movie takes up one year after Dream Warriors, and okay… so. Dream Warriors had a really good beginning, and kind of fizzled out in the end. The Dream Master, on the other hand? It was crappy from the start.

So our final girl (and guys) from Dream Warriors were Kristin, Kincaid, and Joey.

Pardon me, but I have to side track for a moment.

Joey, I *kinda* get. But in the grand scheme of things? Kincaid was the most pointless character EVER. And that kind of makes me mad. He had potential at the beginning of Dream Warriors to be an interesting character. But it seems to me that the writers literally didn’t care about him in the slightest. Never, not at any point in the movie, did he ever have a proper confrontation with Freddy. The only times we ever saw him in a dream was when he was in a shared dream with Nancy and the other kids. In the final ‘showdown’ (if you can even call that a showdown) we lose Taryn and Will, but Kincaid just narrowly misses Freddy? Wut? Why??

I’m not saying that he should have died in 3. I’m saying that the writers could have done so much with his character, and literally did nothing. The only reason he survived was because he literally did nothing.

And then, in The Dream Master, he was the first character to die. It was like the writers went, “well, he was pointless” and decided to make his death semi-meaningful by allowing him to be the one to watch Freddy rise again.

And then in the next little bit of the movie we kill off Joey and Kristin, further proving my point that Kristin was a crappy final girl. Go, dream warriors!!

Why kill off Kristin? So that our new final girl, Alice, could be given her ability to pull people into her dreams. Also cuz Kristin sucked. Sorry.

Pretty much by that point in the movie, which was pretty early on, I knew that I probably wasn’t going to enjoy this one all that much. I was moderately hopeful, but honestly…this one just wasn’t good.

I will say, Alice was a way better character than Kristin. She wasn’t Nancy-level of awesomeness, but she was okay.

So, basically, after Alice is given Kristin’s powers, Freddy starts using her to kill off all her friends. With each character death, Alice gains the powers and personality traits of each person.

Okay, so I have two problems with this.

#1 – The whole POINT of these movies was that Freddy was trying to get revenge against he parents who murdered him by murdering their children. However, at the beginning of this movie, he finishes off the last three Elm Street kids. Now he’s just murdering random kids, just because he can. I just…I get that he’s a murderer. That’s what murderers do. They murder people. But now it’s just…I don’t know. Couldn’t we have just left it at the first movie? Why franchise it? WHY??

And, #2 – Why is Alice gaining her dead friends powers? Kristin didn’t do that. Freddy was using her power to benefit him, so why was it in turn benefitting her? It’s a neat concept, but unless I’m missing something it doesn’t make a lot of sense…

Also, the deaths in this movie weren’t very good? It’s almost like the writers forgot this was supposed to be a horror movie, and then just went: “What’s a super weird way to kill someone? Turn them into a cockroach? Okay, let’s do that!”

Also, at the end of the movie, Alice defeats Freddy…with a nursery rhyme? Sure, okay. That works.

(Psst….Nancy was way cooler.)

So those are my thoughts on the first couple A Nightmare on Elm Street films! In conclusion, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) was an amazing movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors (1987) was kind of okay, and A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Master (1988) just wasn’t good.

I don’t hate these movies, but I definitely don’t love them, and I think that they should have just left it at the first one and not franchised it.

But that’s just my own opinion~ What are your thoughts on these movies? Let me know in the comments below, and stay tuned for part 2!! 😀

Movie Review: Friday the 13th (2009)

This is a movie that I’ve been wanting to watch for a little while now, for the sole purpose of getting to watch Jared Padalecki in a role that wasn’t Sam Winchester. He’s such a talented actor, and very handsome, and I really really like him and I think that before I get to ramble-y I should get into the actual review.

Okay!

So, for starters, I did see the original 1980 Friday the 13th before watching this, for background information. I was going to watch Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) as well, however all I really needed to see was the trailer because it literally just showed every character death (possibly in order) so I decided that I’d pretty much seen the whole movie already and didn’t bother. I have nothing against old slasher films per say, I just find them kinda repetitive and boring. I really only watched this movie for Jared anyways, and he wasn’t in Friday the 13th Part 2, so there.

To sum up the plot: once upon a time a bunch of idiots go to a cabin in the woods (a fancy, non-creepy cabin) near the shore of Crystal Lake for a nice, fun vacation. Meanwhile a beautiful, wonderful human named Clay Miller is also at Crystal Lake in search of his sister Whitney, who went missing out in the woods with some friends a few months prior. People have sex. People die. Blah blah blah your typical slasher movie-y things happen.

After watching this movie, my initial thoughts were along the lines of ‘needs less sex, more Jared Padalecki’. Yes, Clay is the main character, and Jared gets plenty of screen-time, but can you imagine how much better this movie would be if we cut out all the nudity and we got more of this?

Did I mention that I really like Jared Padalecki? Because I really like Jared Padalecki.

Honestly though, I think he was the best part of the movie, and pretty much the only reason I would ever even consider re-watching it. Clay was the only character I really cared about, besides Whitney and maybe Jenna. Everyone else I either hated or just had zero opinions on. The main issue I have with slasher films is the fact that all the characters are incredibly flat and boring, and are pretty much only exist to be killed. I enjoy stories with interesting plot-lines and character development. We don’t usually get any of that with these sorts of movies.

Movies such as Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and Cabin in the Woods take the tropes and play with them, poking fun at the stupid and repetitive aspects of slasher films while also telling a good story. But with a movie like this, a straight up slasher film that merely follows the tropes, I just can’t find a whole lot in it to enjoy. …besides perhaps getting to see the obnoxious characters that I dislike meet their timely demise.

So, was this movie scary?

I thought that Jason Voorhees, our killer, was a little creepy, but there were no moments throughout the whole movie that I found particularly frightening. There are some intense and graphic scenes, but nothing all that bad. There was this one scene that I thought was funny where Jason first puts on the hockey mask and then looks at himself in the mirror. Aww. Jason thinks he looks pretty~ Once I start making fun of the monster, the monster suddenly isn’t scary. Pro-tip.

There are some jump-scares in this movie, and I think that I did jump a couple times, but only because I tend to jump at loud sounds regardless of if they were meant to be scary or not so I don’t think that really counts.

Therefore overall I think I would give this movie 2 1/2 boos. Kinda sorta scary, but not really.

Here’s a question – would I have been just as invested in Clay’s character if he wasn’t played by Jared Padalecki?

I mean…I did like his character, he was pretty much the only decent male character in the entire movie, and I really appreciated that Jared was given such a good role to play. Did I like Clay Miller more than Sam Winchester? Hell no. Though Clay was still enjoyable to watch and he did have a few Sam-like moments here and there. But if some other actor played Clay? I probably wouldn’t have even considered watching this movie in the first place, if I’m being perfectly honest with you.

So with that in mind, do I recommend this movie?

Let’s see…

Are you a fan of Jared Padalecki? You should watch this movie.

Are you a fan of slasher films? You should watch this movie.

Do you enjoy watching stupid people get killed? You should watch this movie…?

Did you answer no to all of these questions? Then don’t bother. There are much better movies out there.

I didn’t hate this movie, but it was not a favorite of mine. Like I said before, I would totally re-watch it, but only because of Jared Padalecki. I did like it better than the original Friday the 13th, though. Nothing against that movie either, I just found it kind of boring. And Jared Padalecki wasn’t in it. 😛

Have you seen Friday the 13th (2009)? What are your thoughts on it? Feel free to comment below and discuss it with me!

Bonus! Bonus! Here’s a fun little interview Jared did for the movie. 🙂

Welcome, 2017!

Hello, and welcome to the wonderful world of Meep!

My goodness…I haven’t written a blog post since September?? Oops.

Its New Years already! Can you believe it? *throws confetti* 2016 has died, and 2017 has been born. Hopefully 2017 will be even better. Who knows, this could be the greatest year ever!! We have 364 more days to see what this year has in store. 😀

I thought that the perfect way to kick off the new year would be to share some of my new year’s goals and resolutions!

  1. COSPLAY! COSPLAY! COSPLAY! Oh my meep I really want to cosplay! I dabbled in it a bit in 2015, but never really went anywhere with it and ended up giving up entirely in 2016. Why did I do that??? I felt so…empty inside attending a convention last year without a cosplay. When I had cosplayed before, I was almost surprised by all the attention I was receiving. Kagamine Rin was a more popular character than I had realized at the time. Many people were coming up to me and requesting pictures, one person even gave me a random hug! I want to experience the world of cosplay once again. I’ve already made my first leap – creating an account on the Cosplay Amino app. Now all I have to do is make a cosplay…

 

  1. CONSISTENCY! As you can see with the current state of my blog…I’m not very good at keeping up with things. I’d like to have a better social media presence – being able to keep up with all of my accounts (mainly Twitter and Instagram), and try to build a bit of a following. Does…does anyone else live within the Wonderful World of Meep? Or…or is it just me? Am I all alone??? Also, I want to set up a schedule for my blog and YouTube channel. Maybe not a super strict one…but I’d still like to be able to post things at least 1-2 times a week. So that people will see that I am consistent and won’t get bored and leave me…

 

  1. BE MORE SOCIAL! I am an introvert. I shall always be an introvert. Nothing can ever change that. However, I would still like to be a more social person. I like going places and being among friends. But despite this I tend to spend most of my time at home being bored. Why do I do these things to myself?? 2017 shall be the year I break out of my shell and actually go out of my way to do things – maybe I’ll even film some collab videos with friends sometime in the near future…?

 

  1. BE HEALTHIER! I may be skinny, but that doesn’t mean I eat healthy. Or exercise. Ever. I truly believe that I might be the laziest person on the planet. (Is that the reason I’m always so tired? Hmm…) So, in 2017 I want to eat better and maybe be a bit more active? Maybe?? Ehhhhh…

 

  1. WRITE MORE! I can never seem to remember to find time to write… I was recently signed up for an online class on creative writing, which I am starting tomorrow, so hopefully it can help me to be a bit more motivated to write more stories. My number 1 writing goal for 2017 is to write a full first draft of a novel. If I can at least do that much, then I’ll have done 100,000,000,000,000 times better than last year.

 

  1. READ MORE! I’m thinking of setting this year’s Goodreads goal to 25. It was 24 last year, and I beat it!!! But I am such an easily distracted person, and I often forget to read…oops. But there are so many amazing books out there…I must read them all!!!

 

  1. SMILE MORE! I like to think that I’m a pretty cheerful, silly person, however I tend to think far too negatively than I’d like to, and thus I feel sad quite often. And sometimes for no real reason at all! 2017 is going to be a year of positivity, where I want to smile more and look for the good in everything around me. Feeling sad once in a while is okay, but I’d prefer happy to be my default emotion!

 

  1. BE CREATIVE! This year I want to try all sorts of new things on my channel! There are tons of different types of videos that I would absolutely love to make, but haven’t attempted. What time is better than now? I hope you’re excited for Wonderful Meep in 2017, because I most certainly am!

 

Hey, I’ve been doing YouTube for about a year, and so far I haven’t given up yet! That’s an accomplishment. To anyone who’s still following me into the new year, thank you very much! I hope you’ll stick around a little longer. Let’s see what 2017 has in store for me, my channel, and everything! ^_^