Directed by: Wes Craven
Runtime: 96 Minutes
It is certainly better than the previous film and perhaps it is because Wes Craven returned to direct this. With more terrific chilling music and Elm Street suspense, the third in the series is a reasonably satisfying horror flick. Craven took great creative control of this, with new forms of Kruger and some reasonably great effects. With the return of Craven and even Heather Langenkamp it is likely you will enjoy this sequel.
This time we have the last of the Elm Street kids who are all patients at a mental hospital (go figure). First, we meet Kristen (Patricia Arquette), whose nightmare leads to a slashed wrist, which looks suspiciously like a suicide attempt. She ends up in the mental hospital with the others who all have the same dream problems. All of sudden, in comes Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) in wonderful return. Soon they begin to try to stop Fred Kruger from haunting them all by using Kristen’s special gift of binging people in to dreams.
The great thing about the film is it is nearly as scary as the original and has many great moments. The acting was better than the last film and Langenkamp’s return was whimsical. It may add some new rules, that can be considered plot holes for sure, but the film is wonderfully suspenseful.
I loved many of the ideas thrown in. One scene has one of the characters in a dream that relates to their reason of being in the mental hospital. It was an interesting outlet to use. In addition, the dream sequences were perfect in the film. We see multiple forms of Kruger in the dream house they end up in and the scariest and most impressive for me is the snake form. It baffled me how they done it because it looked like a CGI face, but at the same time it looked like an animatronic. It is highly probable that it was an animatronic, but a very impressive one. Lots of the effects were great which added to the good horror vibe of the film.
In the film, we encounter some back-story to who Kruger was and were he came from. Craven directed that out nicely and the horrific creation of Kruger is a disgusting thought indeed once announced. Scary, chilling and filled with visual goodies (especially the snake form of Kruger, which was impressive). It is worth checking out this one in the series after seeing the original. It redeems itself after the previous film, bud sadly after this, the series spirals down until “A New Nightmare”.
My Rating: 7/10