Freddy is back, back again, and will keep coming back, even if this was the logical point to finally bury him for good. I liked horror movies as a kid. I think I was ten when I and a friend watched every single Nightmare on Elm Street. Been rewatching stuff lately, and the rest of them didn’t really do anything for me, but the third one I found to be the best one of the bunch.
For those unfamiliar, The Nightmare on Elm Street movie franchise(?!) follows the terror and horror of Freddy Kruger, a dream demon, who tortures and kills kids in their sleep. There is a lot of background and lore about the character that I will not get into here. But I will say that the third movie does add quite the substantial amount of lore to the villain and does a pretty good job at it.
The movie picks up a couple of years after the second one. Nancy, the protagonist of the first one, I snow a clinical psychologist. After hearing that there have been “teen suicide “attempts in her home town, she decides to come back and face the dream demon once again. Nancy is played by Heather Langenkamp, who is a very beautiful woman, but her acting talents are the inversion of her looks. Scenes with her feel very plastic, especially when she has to deliver something emotional, which she seems really unable to portray. There are different levels of noise she can produce, but that’s about it.
One girl who has just been transported to a clinical institution is Kristen, played by Patricia Arquette. And boy, she goes after it, but it is amazing to see how someone can improve so much as an actor as time goes by. Maybe there is hope for other as well, maybe even Harley Quinn Smith.
The two of them, together with a bunch of other teens that have been institutionalized, will try and fight off Kruger. One of the wardens working is played by Morpheus himself, Laurence Fishburne. He was billed as Larry Fishburne, which made me think it might have been a brother or something. Unlike the two actors I mentioned earlier, you can just feel It with him, the charisma and the talent. He stole the show in every scene he was in, sadly few too many.
Finally, the movie has a bunch of really creative scares, and doesn’t rely on purely jump scares like the vast majority of modern horror movies do. It plays around with some psychodelia elements, but never reaches Suspiria peak moments.There is also a very creepy nun, as well as a bunch of cool reveals. But some of the special effects don’t really hold up, but hey, it is a 34 year old movie!