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In my never-ending quest for new and unusual content, I sometimes stumble across some real treasures. In this case, it was a Rotten Tomatoes search for Freddy vs Jason that sent me in a completely different direction when another film came up in the autofill: Freddy vs Ghostbusters! “What is this?” I wondered—and I’m glad I did.
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I enjoy fan films, but I tend to gravitate towards those with high production values, as it helps maintain the illusion of canonical storytelling. So I wasn’t sure about Freddy vs Ghostbusters (released in 2004) during the first few minutes, as it was clearly made with more love than money (perks no doubt included six packs and weed). But it wasn’t long before I was completely won over by the brilliant combination of 1980s nostalgia, stoner comedy, and the production’s obvious appreciation for the source material.
Official Synopsis: 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?
Freddy vs Ghostbusters is best when it’s mirroring the original movies, remaking them for the new characters and situations. The story revolves around an offshoot of the New York Ghostbusters, led by Egon Spengler’s nephew Ed (played by Tim Johnson); they trace a spike in Denver’s paranormal activities to a “haunted mattress” that harbors infamous “Dream Demon”, Freddy Krueger.
Bradley J. Roddy is perfect as Freddy, nailing both the voice and the attitude. The Springwood Slasher is in fine form, cracking wise and getting high. Expect some other familiar faces, along with nods to a few other 1980s and 1990s classic (They Live and The Matrix, to name a few).
Freddy vs Ghostbusters was written and directed by Hank Braxtan and Tim Johnson; it stars Johnson along with J. Michael Weiss, Jason Cook, and Elizabeth Hogan as Nancy (an Elm Street movie’s got to have a Nancy, right?).
Carve out 30 minutes for yourself and enjoy this irreverent romp to the intersection of Memory Lane and Elm Street! And did I mention there’s a scene where Freddy slays disgraced Subway spokesman Jared Fogle?