96 min., 1987
Written by Wes Craven/Frank Darabont/Chuck Russell/Bruce Wagner
Directed by Chuck Russell
My rating: ★★★★★
From the ashes of complete crap comes nightmare gold.
* * *
As if the second movie never happened, thank God, we start with a girl named Kristen Parker (Patricia Arquette) in her room making a paiper-mâché house. The house turns out to be Nancy’s house from Nightmare one. She has a dream about being in the house and then having her wrists slit by the bathroom faucet knobs. After that she is sent to the Westin Hills psychiatric hospital where we meet the rest of the “Elm Street kids”. We have Taryn White (Jennifer Rubin) who used to have a drug problem, Joey Peterson (Rodney Eastman) a kid who can’t talk, Roland Kincaid (Ken Sagoes) who is a hard ass and goes by Kincaid, Jennifer Caulfiend (Penelope Sudrow) a girl who wants to get into Hollywood and also burns herself with cigarettes, Phillip Anderson (Bradley Gregg) who makes puppets, Will Stanton (Ira Heiden) who is wheelchair bound and plays D&D. All of them are there for different reasons, but they are all having dreaming with the same man in them…it’s Freddy!!!! Fuck yeah!!!! As the movie progresses kids are killed off and Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) appears again to help the kids awaken their dream powers. Leading to the final show down of the kids and Freddy.
Now this is the movie where Freddy became the Freddy we know and love today, well most of us love. He really starts to crack the one-liners like crazy, and the nightmare scenes and kills are over the top imaginative. Making everything just one crazy ride through the nightmare, till you reach the end.
Most of the character acting is great, but not great by most movie standards, as most of the kids don’t seem to really be acting as much as playing himself or herself or someone that they knew. Now there is one exception, Kincaid, who is played really over the top, but it really works for the character, so it’s not a fail, just a different type of acting for a different type of character. Nancy comes back and she is played perfectly, as the mentor and as the only one of the kids to walk away from Nightmare one.
The effects make this movie better than most slasher movies. They are imaginative, fun, crazy, and sometime downright creepy (the giant Freddy worm and Phillip’s vein puppet walk). All the effects are really some of the best I’ve ever seen and they still hold strong even today.
This movie is the complete opposite of the last (Freddy’s Revenge); everything in this one is far superior and a step above. After watching this it made me feel good about horror movies in general, showing that even after quite a few years, movies can still hold up and be a blast to watch. If you haven’t seen this one you should definitely check this one out, it’s just a blast to watch and has some creepy moments.
“Welcome to prime time bitch!”Have You Read...?