Today is an extremely sad day. We all found out that the great horror icon himself (Wes Craven) has passed at the age of 76. The man created some of the best horror movies to date, along with 2 highly successful horror franchises that will continue to live on and show his legacy. Not only did Wes Craven help define the horror genre, but he also helped revive it when many horror movies were terrible in the late 90’s (Exception of Scream). Since you’re all following me, I’m pretty sure you’re all aware that Scream is my all time favorite horror movie franchise ever and hearing this news is terrible, but all that’s left to be said is thank you for the scares and for the memories. You will forever be the greatest horror director and will truly be missed!! Time for a marathon!
So I was trying to figure out what movie to watch and I saw that this was on so I decided to watch it over again so I can give a review about it and know what I am talking about. Now the reason why I had to watch this over again was because I don’t completely remember it due to the fact that I hated the movie and only watched it once before. The opening scene of the movie starts out with Robert Englund driving a bus full of kids until eventually only three kids are on it and then he turns into Freddy and drives the bus into a open field and the ground starts falling apart and the bus is held up above what it looked like to be hell by one little area of the ground that did not collapse, and just as Freddy goes to kill the kids the boy Jesse wakes up. After seeing that scene I thought that this was going to be a solid movie but boy was I wrong, it all started to go downhill from that. We find out that Jesse moved into Nancy’s old house on elm street which can be why he is having these nightmares, but what doesn’t make sense is that we find out that Freddy is not trying to kill Jesse, but he is just trying to use Jesse as an assassin. Jesse continues to tell Freddy no for a little while but towards the middle of the film Jesse goes out to a bar and his coach sees him there so he stops Jesse from drinking and brings him back to the gym and forces him to run laps. When the coach sees that Jesse has had enough he tells him to hit the showers and this is when it gets weird, Freddy starts throwing all the balls in the coaches office at him and eventually ties him up and brings him in the showers to Jesse, and at that point smoke fills the showers and Freddy comes out and kills the coach. The weird thing was that when the smoke went down again Jesse had Freddy’s glove on his hand so basically Jesse killed the coach and that is the first time we see Freddy possess Jesse. After that we soon see Freddy come out of Jesse’s body while he is sleeping and kill his friend but then it cuts back to Jesse and you see him covered in the blood and wearing Freddy’s glove, and those are really the only two kills we see. Jesse was traumatized after that and runs to his girlfriends and she tries to calm him down but he has no control of anything anymore like Jesse says in the movie Freddy owns him, and then all of a sudden Jesse turns into Freddy and traps all the people at the party so they can’t leave and he just starts trying to kill as much people as he can. When he is done at the party Freddy leaves and Jesse’s girlfriend Lisa follows him to a factory and tries to get Jesse to fight him and to kick him out of his body because Jesse is stronger then he is and it actually works, we see flames burn Freddy and then Jesse comes out of Freddy’s burnt body and overcoming the bad guy. Overall I hated this movie it was completely irrelevant to the character that Freddy is supposed to be, in this film there really wasn’t a motive he was just killing anyone he wanted to and I didn’t understand that possessing shit like that killed the movie. The kill count was low and the kill scenes weren’t good at all. I don’t recommend this movie but if you are going to watch the whole franchise then you should watch it, it will make you appreciate the other films.
I give this movie a 4/10
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)- The original Nightmare on Elm Street was absolutely amazing. The character of Freddy was played by Robert Englund and he did a marvelous job. In this film the movie mainly focused about Nancy trying to keep her and her friends alive. We learn about what happened to Freddy Krueger but they don’t go further into detail about it. They figured as long as we knew his motive the movie didn’t need to go further into detail. Which I agree with because it made him more mysterious and in my opinion more scary. In the original movie they made Freddy’s character funny and playful because he would always mess around with his victims before murdering them, which kept the entertainment going. The last thing I liked about this movie was how they portrayed Freddy’s face, they made him look extremely terrifying.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)- The remake of Nightmare on Elm street was not good but it also was not terrible. The only thing that I really like about this movie was how they went further in-depth about what happened to Freddy. They didn’t just tell you what happened they actually show you, which would make you understand what happened to him more clearly. Unfortunately, that completely made this movie different from the original because this remake focused on Freddy Krueger and trying to make you realize why he is killing all these children. This and the fact that his face looked like realistic burns kind of took your fear of Freddy away. This Freddy character did not even come close to how scary the original Freddy was. Also I believe that the acting in this movie was very poor, the characters really didn’t show the emotion that I was looking for. When the teenagers enter the dream world Freddy just kept trying to lead them to an elementary school to make them remember everything that happened, unlike the original where Freddy just played with them a little then killed them.
So in my opinion the original was way better then the remake.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is about a child molester who was burned alive by the town parents. He gets his revenge in the dream world where things are his rules and if you die in your dreams you die in real life as well. Every town has a legend that is untold and this is the legend of Elm Street. This movie may be one of the greatest horror classics of all time. Wes Craven (director) did a fantastic job creating the story. He also made one of the scariest slashers the movie industry has ever seen. What made this movie so great was that Wes Craven made dreams turn into reality. I love how he made the children feel safe in their actual lives but made them terrified to enter their dreams. The movie keeps you on the edge wondering if the child is going to fall asleep or not. Honestly, the special effects were the best that I have seen in any movie. When the children enter the dream world the screen gets all smokey and red like they are in hell, which helps you realize when they are asleep. Overall the movie was fantastic and deserves a 10/10. The only thing i did not like was the ending but I guess they made it like that to show you there will be another film. I absolutely recommend this movie though if you have not seen it go watch it you will not regret it.