I'm gonna be honest. This one surprised me.
Now this is more like it. After the lackluster Freddy's Revenge, the Nightmare series was in need of a strong kick in the ass in order to get back to where it once was. And boy did the series get kicked in the ass. Original Nightmare direct Wes Craven returns, this time in writer and producer form. Heather Langenkamp stars once again and Freddy actually gets screentime in this movie. All is right. Well, at least until we get to number four.
This time around Freddy (Robert Englund) is back and haunting the dreams of the remaining Elm Street kids. Kristen (Patricia Arquette) is the latest kid to be haunted by Freddy and she soon finds herself placed in a mental institution, run by Dr. Gordon (Craig Wasson) and Dr. Simms (Priscilla Pointer). When up and coming researcher Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) joins Wasson to try to treat the kids, she soon grasp that Freddy is once again behind it all. She also discovers that each of the kids has a special power in their dreams that they decide to use against Freddy. Together, they are the Dream Warriors.
All of this craziness is set to a great story too. Attacking Freddy in the dreamworld is a cool concept and have Langenkamp back to lead the team is a very welcome edition. In fact, most of the acting in this movie is good and by the time Freddy starts to get his handslaughter on you do feel connected with the kids and want to follow their story through. That said though, the movie isn't completely void of problems. The story can drag in some parts and not all of the acting is that great (Here's looking at you, Ken Sagoes). And, as usual, the film never actually explain how any of this works, but hey, that's all part of the fun. Right?
|This would have made Mirror Mirror|
so much more interesting.