Directed by: Wes Craven
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Runtime: 107 Minutes
So you thought the series ended? Well, not quite, but have no fear, this film is good; likely due to the fact Wes Craven is back in the director’s chair. In 1984, Craven created the phenomenal and iconic Fred Kruger in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and now he returns to it 10 years later. With it being reality based, the film still has a dark and eerie presence of Freddy and still manages to give you the creeps.
Heather Langenkamp returns as herself and seems to be having nightmare problems with Fred Kruger appearing in them. Wes Craven, playing himself also, suggests making another ‘Elm Street’ film to exorcise her demons. Unfortunately, her son Dylan (Miko Hughes) is being taken over by Freddy himself, who materializes and kills Dylan's beloved nanny, Julie (Tracy Middendorf). Dylan, possessed by the evil spirit, escapes from the hospital and tries to cross a freeway with his mother in pursuit. Craven finds that his character has literally become a creation out of his control.
The film is wonderfully intelligent and holds the energy of the previous Craven directed horror films. It leaves numerous amounts of questions, in a bright way and holds suspense and mystery of the first film. Another interesting thing about it is how we have Langenkamp, Robert Englund and Craven all as themselves in the film as not many films do this. Especially when on of the cameos are the director.
The acting was excellent and a major improvement of the previous sloppy sequels. Even Englund performed Kruger in a creepier and elaborate manner. Trivia: In every Elm Street film, Freddy has said bitch, including this film.
It was a pretty daring idea for Craven to do but his wild experimentation worked well as something that had not quite been seen before. However, as suspenseful and eerie the film is, it still lacks true excitement and energy. It has nothing to do with Elm Street, but more-a-less just actors and actresses in a drama story.
So, here we are over 25 years after the original release of Elm Street, a phenomenon that involves a character people young and old know even without watching the film. The series had many sloppy sequels, with Craven’s films being the superior ones (and rightfully so as the creator). Elm Street 1 is influential, creepy and very original, Elm Street 2 was a little boring but still entertaining and Elm Street 3 was an improvement that was wonderfully adventurous. The sequels from three to six were sloppy and uncreative.
Overall, it has been a great series and Kruger among the Elm Street children has been good fun to watch, even if some of the sequels suck. Big horror fans should check out the franchise, even if a few are painful. “Elm Street 7” (if you could call it that) nicely returns to an original theme of suspense and scares and succeeds as being a good horror film that redeems the series after a few sloppy films. Definitely, for the horror and Elm Street fan.
My Rating: 7.5/10