It’s thanksgiving right now, so maybe I should give you a good thanksgiving movie to check out. But I kinda decided to devote October to horror movies. I guess watch Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Anyway, the third Nightmare On Elm Street movie marks the return of Wes Craven to the franchise. He was only a co-writer, but his presence in the creative process still shows through in the final film. This one is about a bunch of kids locked up in a mental institute because they all share the same delusion about a man trying to kill them in their dreams. We, the audience, of course know that this is not a delusion, but Freddy Krueger back to his old tricks. However, none of the adults running the mental hospital believe it. That is, until the Nancy Thompson (the main girl from the original movie, now a doctor specializing in dream research) shows up to help the kids. This movie takes the whole concept of the dream world to another level. One girl has the ability to pull other people into her dreams, meaning they can all go up against Freddy at once. And each kid in the group has a different power in the dream world, based on their personality. I.e. the kid who like dungeons and dragons is a wizard, the kid who doesn’t talk has sonic screams, ect. This is a neat concept but it kind of makes some of the deaths predictable, like the girl who wants to be a TV star getting her head smashed through a TV with the accompanying line “Welcome to prime time, bitch!”. This movie is also responsible for making Freddy funny, rather than scary. It sort of redefined the franchise as more action comedy than horror. That being said, I think it’s my favourite of the series (other than the original, of course.) It’s a fresh new take on the series, we get to see some of the main characters back, find out a little more about Freddy’s origin, and it has some really cool sequences, like the kid being pulled around by his veins like a puppet, or Freddy Krueger’s skeleton re-animating and beating a guy up. I actually think this would have been a good end to the series, leaving it as a nice little trilogy. But of course, this is the horror movie industry, and nothing even remotely popular gets any less that five sequels.
Overal Rating: Not Gay/10