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I am Nancy

 

I have to admit to being vaguely disappointed in I am Nancy mostly because it wasn’t anything at all like I was expecting and I didn’t really receive any insight into Heather Langenkamp (other than she’s either great at making fun of herself or she’s a seriously whiny and maudlin person, it’s so hard to tell at times but this whole thing is supposed to be “tongue in cheek” so I’m leaning toward the making fun of herself).  This is the documentary that Heather made that focuses on her experience playing Wes Craven’s legendary teen heroine, Nancy.

IS IT FUN?

Oh hell, yes.  There are references from pop culture to crazed fans at conventions who at times do some strange things to Heather wondering if anyone would ever get a Nancy tattoo instead of a Freddy one….it’s super fun.  There’s also a SONG – a theme song called “I am Nancy” – that alone is worth it!

IS IT INSIGHTFUL?

Not really. I mean you learn a lot of cool random facts (Wes Craven’s daughter chose Johnny Depp and Nancy was created based off something she once said).  And I discovered that Robert Englund is apparently the nicest guy on the face of the planet, seriously, dude seems hella kickawesome!  There’s also an interview with Wes Craven (extended interviews with Craven and Englund can be found in the special features).  But overall, I didn’t learn anything really about Heather which is what I went into this wanting to know (since she made the thing and all).  If you’re not a hardcore fan, there’s really nothing here for you.

Shrooms

Shrooms is a 2007 Irish/Danish co-production where the most important thing is a beautiful beautiful boy that amounts to an Irish Johnny Depp.

"Hello, gorgeous."

Okay, technically he’s English but still.  He is absolutely delicious in this movie.  Moving on though.

So these college kids go to Ireland to meet up with Irish Johnny Depp, go camping and do shrooms.  OF COURSE, they’re camping down the road from a creepy empty children’s home that has a horrible background associated with it.  While collecting mushrooms for an evening of wild shroom tea fun, our protagonist, Tara (you might recognize her as Hadley from “True Blood”) makes the mistake of eating a deathcap mushroom.   Now a deathcap is NOT the kind of mushroom that makes for a fun evening.  As the name suggests, it’s quite deadly and few have survived an encounter.  In this case, Tara has an extreme seizure but manages to survive with seemingly no aftereffects.  At least until she starts having premonitions of herself and her friends deaths.  Whoops.  You can all probably guess what follows next.  Typical, running through the woods, murder galore with the added effects of hallucinogenic camera work.  I’m not saying Shrooms isn’t fun.  It’s actually quite the trip (hehe).  However, it is pretty standard cookie cutter fare.  There’s also a mess of extras thrown into the “killer in the woods” scenario via the aforementioned abandoned children’s home and a pair of local woodsmen (the crazy, murderous type) that has no other purpose than as a misdirect.

If it comes down to a choice between this or oh, say…..Teletubbies….definitely go with Shrooms.  Although I guess if you’re high, the two are technically the same….