Considering that Rachel Talahay was production manager on the first 2 Elm
Street flicks and producer on 3-4 you would think she’d know a thing or
two about what makes our favorite dream killer tick…WRONG!!! WRONG!!!
WRONG!!! The second I saw Freddy riding a broomstick, cackling like a
witch I knew it was over. This film is an embarrassment. How did a
powerful supernatural killer become such a farce is beyond me. This flick
embraces the jokey aspect of past Elm Streets and cranks it up to a new
level. Freddy is no longer respectable, everybody gives him a beating, he
does cartwheels and becomes a self-parody. In the past three films I
learned to appreciate the one-liners on a certain level. But this film
makes a mockery of Freddy.
The flick also
re-invents the Elm Street story and rules. Freddy’s return in dreams is
no longer revenge for his murder but also revenge for his child (what???)
being taken away from him. What the hell is that all about? Someone
slipped an acid in my beer? Here Freddy uses the dreams of the last
Springwood teen to get to other kids. How can that be? What the hell was
that whole Alice thing for in part 4-5? This film doesn’t respect
anything. It doesn’t respect the original storyline, doesn’t respect
the past sequels and doesn’t respect the fans.
Did we really need to
know how Freddy got his power? That whole dream demon thing is way tacky.
Showing stuff from Freddy’s past (Freddy as a kid, Freddy as teen) is a
good idea but did it need to be treated in such a cartoonish way? Having
Freddy being defeated in the real world is also groovy but did they really
have to defeat him with ninja stars and pipe bombs?
If Talahay was aiming
for a comedy, she’s dead on. The violence, the dreams are all very
"Loony Tunes" vibe, I felt like I was watching a Road Runner
episode. And what the f--k is Roseanne and Tom Arnold doing in this movie?
Why didn’t you get Gary Coleman too Talahay or maybe have the ghost of
Dana Plato to defeat Freddy. Isn’t this Nightmare On Elm Street 6?
I will admit that
some of the visuals are kool. The house falling through the sky, the bus
that materializes on the road, the trip out scene with Spencer, Carlos’s
very funny demise, even the "Nintendo" game murder is amusing.
But I was looking for a lot more than "amusing"! I was looking
for a decent ending to one of the screens most revered stalker. I didn’t
get it, not even close. At least I got a fun Johnny Depp cameo…