After the embarrassing mess Nightmare On Elm Street 6 was, it took Wes
Craven to bring back Freddy in a fresh new way. You can’t accuse this
film of not being original. It’s shot documentary style almost the whole
way and interprets reality…well…in a real way. We get to see the New
Line offices, Robert Englund playing himself, Wes Craven at home (great
pad man) and John Saxon being a nice guy. I bought it. The film starts
fast putting its audience in a shaky environment from the get go:
earthquakes, creepy phone call, TV’s that run themselves and spooky
dream sequences. The film also has many nods to the original Elm Street.
Anybody that remembers the first one will double his/her pleasure upon
viewing this film. From the opening sequence to the girl on the ceiling
bit, to the "screw your pass" line to the Freddy phone, this
flick is a perfect companion piece to the first. We even get to see Rod
(Nick Corri) at a funeral…fun stuff….
New Nightmare manages
to do something that I thought was impossible: make Freddy scary again.
You see Freddy is more than his character here, he represents all the evil
in the world, trapped through storytelling. But now that the stories are
over, the evil is loose and he’s everywhere. Freddy is bigger and
badder, we even get a nod to "Nosferatu" upon his rebirth.
Craven does mess up
with the finale that takes place in Freddy’s world. The flick is
psychological, touching deep themes most of the way but Craven ends it all
with a slam bang, stalk scene that feels a tad clumsy and that would be
more appropriate for one of the campy "Nightmare" films. With
bad morphing, matte paintings and an incompetent Freddy the finale
tarnishes the film.
Another negative thing
is the acting from Craven and producers. Its weak but it’s quickly
forgiven cause they’re not actors.
This flick is a
welcomed return to a more psychological Elm Street. The film moves at a
steady pace, has a great highway sequences, kool settings (the slide of
sheets), a nod to Exorcist (puke), lots of imagination and a few good
scares. Too bad Craven had to go the clown way to cap it off. Welcome back