THE LAIR EXPERTS
Matt: I really didn't know what to expect heading into this one. I knew that no matter what Wes Craven did, it would beat 'Freddy's Dead', so I figured it couldn't be that bad. This film is technically a separation from the other films in the series, although it is packaged with the rest on DVD double-discs and box-sets. New Line knew what they had in Freddy, and in 1993, with the public clamoring for more Freddy after they killed off another beloved horror icon, Jason Voorhees, it was just a matter of time.
This time, New Line did it right, bringing Wes Craven back on board and re-uniting a lot of the cast from the previous films, including Heather Langenkamp, who became the only actor besides Robert Englund to appear in three 'Elm Street' films. If nothing else, this film was a big tribute and thank-you the studio to the people who made it what it is today. The story was truly an innovative idea by Craven. Freddy was more dark and more evil than any movie since the original, and he was scary again. His new look was definitely a plus, and I would have loved to have seen it repeated in future films. Just when I thought I couldn't say anything else great about Robert Englund, he does it again, playing three roles-- himself, himself as Freddy Krueger, and Freddy Krueger, the demon. And he pulls it off nicely, with a touch of Freddy's sinister comedy thrown in. He doesn't go overboard, and that's a huge plus. It definitely did not detract from the final product.
I really didn't care for J. Peter Robinson's musical score for the film, but including R.E.M.'s song 'Losing My Religion' was a nice touch, even though its only Chase who is singing it and not the actual song. The main thing to remember is that, despite its flaws, Wes Craven took the story of Freddy Krueger and turned it into a bedtime story, which explains why it was aimed at all audiences, young and old. The end result was a far departure from previous entries of 'Nightmare On Elm Street', and something much more unique and enjoyable. 6 out of 10.
A.J.: This movie could go either way. You either like it or you don't, and some days it's a really good movie, and some days it's not. It all depends on my mood, so I figured giving it a 5 would be fair. 5 out of 10.
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