After the financial success of Part 4, this entry came in pretty fast,
like a year later. The script process was rough, the shoot was rushed and
what about the film you may ask? Well I’m half half on it. Here they try
to satisfy both sets of Freddy fans: the fans that like the somber
Nightmare films and the fans that like the jokey ones. It does not work. I
love the return to the darker tone of Elm Street, this flick has a very
gothic feel and the stylish directing helps. But every time I was getting
into it, Freddy would pop out and mess it up. He’s his worst enemy here,
turning what could be a serious, dark, horror flick into a freaking joke.
I did expect the one-liners but why are they so lame this time around? And
what’s with that super Freddy vs. Phantom Prowler shite? I still can’t
get over that one. I’m sorry to say this but Freddy diminishes this film’s
Apart from the Fredster
the film also lacks in the teen department. Alice (Wilcox) is solid as
always and Greta (Anderson) is nice eye candy, but I couldn’t give a
damn about the rest of them. Die!!!
Two things that annoyed
me: what’s with Alice’s son manifesting himself in the dream world as
an 8 year old child? How the hell does that work? The film also raises
some serious issues (abortion, legal guard of a child) but brushes them
away faster than you can say "Matlock", makes you wonder why
they brought that shite up in the first place.
The story brings back
Amanda Krueger, kool, but for all real fans we’ve heard it all before in
part 3. The only difference here is that they show it. Jazzy but did we
really need it?
sequence is kickarse and very chilling, some kill sequences are good but
do feel out of place. One second its serious, the next Freddy is riding a
skateboard. It doesn’t gel right. I liked the sets: The asylum is way
creepy, the upside down world is gnarly and the comic world is well made.
I also liked the story a lot, it’s a good idea! The directing makes it
happen, the mood is there but Freddy pisses on it all..