Rewatched Aug 13, 2012
Theodore Bond’s review:
Yeah we all knew Freddy wasn't REALLY dead but no one could of ever guessed what he would be like the next time we saw him. I find with Wes Craven's New Nightmare people either really love it or really hate it, there seems to be no in-between and unfortunately it seems like most people fall into the hating it category. I on the other hand fall on the other side of the debate. I love it. In fact its my second favorite Nightmare On Elm Street movie, only the first one I like more though Dream Warriors does give it a run for its money.
I can understand why so many people hate it. It takes everything that you love from the rest of the series turns it on its head and then throws it out the window but this is the same reason I loved it. Lets face facts the last good Nightmare movie was The Dream Master and the only great ones were the original and Dream Warriors aside from the the series hadn't really been that good. Freddy's Revenge, The Dream Child and Freddy's Dead weren't that great sure Freddy's Dead had a couple of moments but a couple of moments don't make a great movie.
The fact that they set this movie in the "real world" where the Nightmare On Elm Street movies were just that was a very interesting idea and in my opinion a brilliant one. The way they married the real world with the world of the Elm Street movies was great the slow build towards it was very well done.
Another great thing in this movie is Freddy himself. The comedic cartoon character of the last bunch of Elm Street movies was gone and Freddy was once again a scary character, heck not only was he scary he was down right terrifying again in this movie which is always great. A lot of people also complained about the redesign of Freddy and although I admit you can beat the classic look, I still really liked this look for Freddy. The new make-up was great and helped making Freddy a terrifying figure again. The long coat and new hat also fit Freddy like a glove. Speaking of glove the new glove, or rather in this movie hand was also very interesting. Once again its not as good as the original but its still a pretty cool redesign.
As for the bad. Well the problem with placing this movie in the real world is that they used the real life people not actors portraying them to keep that sense of reality, so the acting in the movie was for the most part pretty weak. Lets face it Wes Craven and Bob Shaye are not actors by any means.
There's not a whole lot I have to say about this movie. Some like myself love it but most hate it. I give it a 9 out of 10.