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Made in Dagenham (2010)

A film based on the struggles of the female Ford workers in 1968 where they went on strike for equal pay and through their struggles the 1970 Equal Pay Act came about.

Starring SallyHawkins, Miranda Richardson, Andrea Riseborough as well as Bob Hoskins, Rupert Graves and Kenneth Cranham the film showed not only the strength of the women involved to fight for what is right but also the struggles that inevitably all strikes will bring about as well as how different the women were treated in their strike action then men would have been.

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The Peanuts Movie (2015)

Charles M. Schulz Peanuts came back to us in the form of a 3D animated film.

A new adventure with the ever unlucky Charlie Brown, accompanied by his faithful best friend Snoopy and surrounded by all his friends. This time out Charlie Brown is determined to change his fortune and not be seen as the loser that he feels he is seen as.

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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Set during the first World War, “All Quiet on the Western Front” is a shocking look into the lives of everyday soldiers during the Great War.

The film won the Best Picture Academy Award and was the third movie to do so. With a wonderful cast and a great message to give to the world it is truly one of the greatest films ever made.

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Halloween 2 (1981)

In 1981, three years after the original, Michael Myers didn’t just return to terrorise the screens again but he returned in a movie set directly after the events of the first movie.

Halloween 2 all happens on the same night as Halloween and that is why I continue the Halloween Season reviewing Halloween 2 as its kind of like a part two of a story.

It saw the return of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), Dr Loomis (Donald Pleasence) as well as Michael Myers (played by Dick Warlock.)

Can a film that worked because of its simplicity come back and wow its audience again?

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Halloween (1978)

We aren’t saying that Halloween was the first, but in 1978 John Carpenter created Michael Myers. The success of the Halloween movie and its Silent Stalking Monster spawned the 80s Slasher boom. Halloween became the mould to which Slasher movies then adhered to, even to this day when the big name series have been rebooted.

For many Halloween is the essential Slasher movie. For others its just the essential Halloween movie.

With the original Slasher victim-survivor Laurie Strode played by Jamie Lee Curtis, the giant hulk of Michael Myers (played by Nick Castle, Tony Moran and Will Sandin) as well as the ever action packed and panicked Dr Loomis played by Donald Pleasence the movie truly saw the birth of everything we’ve been talking about in the last two weeks.

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Freddy vs Jason (2003)

In 2003 the event all horror fans were waiting for happened. After Freddy pulled Jason to hell in 1993 we finally got to see what it was that Freddy did to him. The most charismatic Slasher killer meets possibly the most boring Slasher Monster.

You go into the movie hoping for a epic showdown between these two icons. In actuality you get a much more complex story, for one of them the story of survival for the other… The same old stomping around killing people. The Friday franchise gets mixed into the much more complex story driven world of the Nightmare series and everyone’s Nightmares come to life…

In more ways then one.

Who cares about Jason though when we have FREDDY!!!

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

We are going a little out of sink with the movies. When looking at these series we will be looking at the remakes too so it was only fair that we end with the 2010 remake that starred Jackie Earle Haley as the iconic Master of Dreams in the first film to star Freddy Krueger and not have Robert Englund play him.

The remake decided to go down a completely different path once more. It said goodbye to the old mythology behind the character and created its own and reinvented Nightmare’s in its own way.

The movie isn’t held in high acclaim but for me it did what the majority of other remakes failed and actually tried to do things differently.

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

In 1988 the fourth installment of the Freddy Krueger film series was released. Once more Wes Craven stepped away from the writing of the story as a brand new set of nightmares prevailed.

Starring the survivors of the last film and a whole new cast of Teenagers for Freddy to terrorize this film also managed to become the highest grossing Nightmare on Elm Street film until Freddy vs Jason.

It also stared a doggy called Jason who brought Freddy back from death by peeing on him.

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

I felt cheated out of a proper Freddy movie so I get to do probably my favourite of the series. Wes Craven came back to help write the movie and we re-enter the dream worlds of Freddy instead of having him join us in our world.

It also saw the return of Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) and a whole new plot to bring down the master of the realms of sleep. Much more like the first movie then the second one we go back to the over the top murders, the teenagers being picked off one by one and we even get to learn more about Freddy.

The third of the franchise is seen as being the best one bar the original so we’ll have to see about that!

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Iron Man (2008)

In 2008 Marvel kicked off phase one of the Marvel cinematic universe with Iron Man. Directed by Jon Favreau and one of the blockbusters in Robert Downey Jrs comeback career the MCU blasted onto the big screens across the world bringing the Marvel world to life.

It was the start of what is now a runaway train of Marvel movies and TV shows and introduced the biggest personality in the Marvel universe, the charismatic Mr Tony Stark.

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