This is such a strange film, but there is a lot to like here. Griffin Dunne is a mild-mannered guy who impulsively goes out to meet up with Rosanna Arquette under the pretense of buying a bagel paperweight from her sculptor roommate (Linda Fiorentino). Thus begins a series of terrible things happening to him, many of which he greatly deserves. It's really hard to root for our "hero" here, as he's mostly a real jerk. Still, the film is worth seeing not only for its bizarre storyline but its outstanding cast (including Dick Miller!).
17. From the 1950s
35. Directed by a woman
A decent enough little thriller involving a couple of men heading out to fish (in Mexico for some reason). They pick up a hitch-hiker, and what do you know, he's a serial killer. For some reason, instead of just killing them and taking their car, he forces them to drive across Mexico to the coast so that he can grab a ferry…
Wow, what a movie! I went in blind, and I'm glad I did. Amazing direction, amazing acting, amazing story - it's got it all. It's certainly brutal - the camera rarely shies away from the violence. There were a few times where even my desensitized eyes had to be averted. It's a long film, but I didn't feel it. Watched it free on Tubi where the commercials…
So this is rightfully considered the worst Nightmare film, and there is certainly a lot wrong here and very little right.
It's always great to see Englund in the make-up and some of the practical effects are fun. Anything CGI, though, is dreadful. Most of the dream sequences are dumb as hell. And of course there is the matter of the messing around with the origin of the Freddy mythology....don't get me started.
I'm really glad that this was not Englund's last turn in the role. New Nightmare (although with its own problems) is leaps and bounds better than this garbage.