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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Please Give,' 'A Nightmare on Elm Street,' & More

Evan Crean Evan Crean
April 26th, 2010 9:16am EDT

Nightmare on Elm Street 2010I saw “The Losers” last Monday, which I did not particularly care for.  The cliché action movie had all the wrong stereotypical aspects of the genre and none of the right ones.  The only things that caught my interest were the actor Chris Evans who was the only one of the protagonists with a personality, a certain special song by the band Journey, and the dastardly villain played by Jason Patric.  My Grade: C-

Since Thursday night I have been attending screenings of movies and documentaries for the Boston Independent Film Festival.  I have seen some fantastic films including “Cyrus,” “Bass Ackwards,” and “American: The Bill Hicks Story.”  If you have not seen my coverage yet, definitely check it out here

April’s last week will bring us the comedy “Please Give,” the reboot “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” the independent horror movie “The Human Centipede (First Sequence).”    

PLEASE GIVE

A greedy Manhattan couple (Oliver Platt and Catherine Keener) finds their plan to expand their apartment is complicated when they start to bond with their elderly neighbor Andra (Ann Morgan Guilbert). 

Nicole Holofcener, a frequent collaborator with Catherine Keener, writes and directs this comedy about a privileged family learning to give.   

WHO SHOULD SEE IT:  Audiences looking for a film about new beginnings should watch this movie.  If you appreciate Catherine Keener in other comedies over the years then you will want to see her in “Please Give.”

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

The disfigured serial killer Freddy Kreuger (Jack Earle Haley) haunts a group of young people in their dreams, forcing them to stay awake as their only alternative to death. 

Music video director Samuel Bayer helms this reboot to the Freddy Kreuger franchise.  Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer, two scribes for the upcoming remake of “The Thing,” collaborate on the screenplay.  For the first time since the start of the Kreuger series in 1984, someone else takes over the role of Freddy from veteran Robert Englund.   

WHO SHOULD SEE IT:  Horror junkies who enjoy the reimagining of classic franchises should see this film.  If you are curious to see the fresh spin that music video director Samuel Bayer will put on Freddy Kreuger then check out “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE)

Two American tourists in Germany become stranded in the woods after their car breaks down.  Searching for help they find themselves in the home of Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser), a demented surgeon with the sick fantasy of physically connecting people into a “human centipede.”

Tom Six, a Dutch filmmaker who got his start in 2004, writes and directs this ghastly horror movie.  A sequel to this film titled “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)” is already in pre-production.   

WHO SHOULD SEE IT:  Independent film fans that appreciate creepy horror movies about mad scientists should be the first ones to see the demented surgeon at work.  If you are looking for something different from the standard horror fare like “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” then you should go see “The Human Centipede (First Sequence).”

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