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  • Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Nightmare on Elm Street M

    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Nightmare on Elm Street M

    October 20, 2010, 2:19 pm
    One, two, Freddy's coming for you... Three, four, better lock your door... Five, six, grab your crucifix... Seven, eight, better stay up late... Nine, ten, never sleep again...

    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Nightmare on Elm Street Movie

    5. A Nightmare on Elm Street VI: Freddy’s Dead, Town Fair

    Good editing has the ability to make us feel comfortable or uncomfortable, and one of the great things about horror movies is the fact that they can play with editing in ways that won’t necessarily work or be appropriate for other types of film. In this movie, a great example is the town fair that the group first stops in. Everything seems fine (albeit a little creepy, but I think that’s inherent in carnivals regardless of if it’s a horror film or a comedy), until halfway through the scene where we realise that something is wrong. This is done purely through editing (as the acting isn’t particularly strong), by choosing what to show and what not to show, and the pace to do it in.
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    4. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Tina’s Death

    This scene is super creepy. It’s a mixture of the lack of music, the special effects quality and the fact that we stay fixed on the same shot for as long as we do. Although there are a few slightly awkward cuts (mostly forced for effects) they aren’t jarring enough to take you out of the action. It just makes you more uncomfortable.
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    3. A Nightmare on Elm Street IV: The Dream Master, Freddy’s Death

    If there was ever an epic bad guy death scene, this would definitely be it. Here, the souls of all Freddy’s victims burst from his flesh. It’s gross, haunting, and really well done. Again, what helps to sell the effects is first and foremost the editing— picking and choosing which takes to put where and how long to keep them up. Too bad for the kids of Elm Street that this won’t kill him either... (there are still 3 more movies to go! Muahaha!)
    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Nightmare on Elm Street M
    2. A Nightmare on Elm Street VII: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Freeway Dash

    This was by far my favourite out of all the movies, mostly because the concept is so well done and well written (especially after having just watched all previous 6 (as well as the 2010 remake) in a marathon movie watching day). Once you get past the cheesiness, you’ll realize it’s a great premise for the seventh movie in a series. In any case, when the kid runs across the freeway, we’re definitely at the edge of our seats. Fast cutting, use of movement in the frame, and a couple goofy shots of Freddy in the clouds, make for a great scene.
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    1. A Nightmare on Elm Street V: The Dream Child, Freddy Chase

    This scene stuck out for me in the entire series because it felt like the editor was having fun doing it. It’s a really straightforward and easy trick, and while it’s maybe classified as clich? in the present day, for 1989 I think it was relatively unusual. Basically, the main character running down a hallway crazily, with a shaky moving camera following her, is paralleled with a nicely-lit reverse angle of Freddy calmly moving forward toward an unmoving camera on a tripod. This in itself would be creepy (and a great example of contextually showing that Freddy is always in control) but the editor also had fun with taking him completely out of the picture suddenly when we least expect it. Then reappearing. FUN!

    Happy Halloween everyone, and special thanks to Craig, der Horrormeister.
    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Nightmare on Elm Street M

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      Light Sabre Battles! (v)

      January 18, 2012, 3:00 pm
      As an interesting note, it was conveniently blocked by FOX just as the internet is on blackout strike today in solidarity against SOPA. American friends, please be aware that if SOPA passes, videos like this where I attempt to teach about film editing in a fun way will not be available anymore, even if I am in compliance with the Fair Use clause— in fact, I could be shut down, fined, and/or jailed without due process. If you like the internet and the ability to find information freely and easily, please educate yourself about this bill, and do whatever you can to stop it from passing!

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    • Top 5 Marx Brothers Films
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      Top 5 Marx Brothers Films

      January 4, 2012, 1:19 pm
      First EDL of the new year up! Marx brothers, see? nyaah!

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    • Top 5 Moment of Despair Scenes in a Xmas film (v)
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      Top 5 Moment of Despair Scenes in a Xmas film (v)

      December 14, 2011, 4:44 pm
      Have a video version of my very first Christmas blog, the best edited Moments of Despair in a Christmas film!

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    • Top 5 Scenes With a Steam Engine
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      Top 5 Scenes With a Steam Engine

      November 30, 2011, 11:29 am
      Check out this week's EDL, featuring the top 5 edited scenes with steam engines!

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    • Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attack Scenes!
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      Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attack Scenes!

      November 16, 2011, 1:28 pm
      I know I've covered this one in the past, but with the new video format I feel like I can really do some of previous written blogs justice. This one especially!

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    • Top 5 Scenes on a Mountaintop
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      Top 5 Scenes on a Mountaintop

      November 3, 2011, 1:54 pm
      Vlog number 3! Scenes on a mountain. See my epic climbing skills (not)...

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    • Top five scenes in a Mad Max film!
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      Top five scenes in a Mad Max film!

      October 19, 2011, 1:19 pm
      In Vlog number 2 of the Edit Decision List, I look at the best edited scenes in a Mad Max Movie, as well as manage to completely butcher an Australian accent.

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    • Top 5 Edited Die Hard Scenes
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      Top 5 Edited Die Hard Scenes

      October 5, 2011, 12:07 pm
      My very first vlog covers the top 5 scenes in a Die Hard movie!

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    • Top 5 edited scenes in Metropolis
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      Top 5 edited scenes in Metropolis

      September 21, 2011, 4:25 pm
      Metropolis is one of the most influential science fiction films of all time, and it's obvious that the editing has a lot to do with it. The expressive nature of the acting is superbly juxtaposed with epically framed shots in such a way that story isn't only easy to follow, but really fun to watch!

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    • Top 5 Back to the Future Scenes
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      Top 5 Back to the Future Scenes

      September 7, 2011, 12:16 pm
      Great scott! I must've blown a hole in the space-time continuum with my 1.21 "Jiggawatt" blog entry…

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