IMDB rate: 6,3
Today I've watched the seventh movie of the 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' series. This is the last one from the original series. I still have two more movies left to watch: Freddy vs. Jason which is a mash-up of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th, and the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).
I liked this movie. It was not really an essential part for the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies, but it had a funny twist in it. It has absolutely nothing to do with the original series, since this is based in the 'real' world. It is a bit useless, since Freddy was officially dead. But still, it was a fun movie to watch.
It's nearing the 10th Anniversary of the film 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and one of the stars, Heather Langenkamp is being scared by a voice on a phone, sounding very similar to the film's villain, Freddy Krueger. When Heather's husband is killed in a car accident and is discovered with slash marks on him, Heather starts to wonder something. Especially when she discovers that Wes Craven is writing another 'Nightmare' film. Soon, she realizes that Freddy has now entered the real world, and the only way to defeat him is to become Nancy Thompson once again.
The concept of this movie is completely different than the previous ones. But it certainly works. It has some elements from the first movie in it, like the famous 'floating' death part. It's amazing seeing it once again in a different concept.
When the movie started it reminded me to Idle Hands, because of the hand of course, that was loose from Freddy's body going around the set to kill people. The second scene reminded me of Scream, which wasn't been made yet by that time. But it's obvious that Wes Craven got inspired by some of the elements in it.
It's nice seeing Nancy Thompson again, or Heather Langenkamp herself actually. Also, Wes Craven showing up was kinda fun. I don't think he has much potential in being an actor though, since his face kept the same the whole scene. Also, Robert Englund, now really being himself and Freddy, how do you come up with it? He needed to be afraid of himself, sort of. Where he went to in the ending was a bit of a mystery, unfortunately. I think you'll have to make up yourself what happened to him.
In none of the previous movies were real jump scares, at least, I didn't notice any. But in this movie there were quite a few. The make-up was also very good, I think it was the best of all the movies. I thought it looked real for the first time. Freddy's humor was also dropped from this movie, this is certainly a good thing for this movie, since it would not fit in New Nightmare. This movie really comes in my A Nightmare on Elm Street top five, for sure.
There are not many kills in this movie, and absolutely not much blood. Surprisingly enough, the budget from this movie wasn't even the highest of all the movies made. The highest budget was in fact for Freddy's Dead. I thought that was a reasonable movie, but I thought most of it looked kinda cheap. The budget for The Dream Child is the same as for New Nightmare ($8.000.000) while they certainly differ a lot from each other in quality. I would have expected that this movie, New Nightmare, would have the highest budget, because most of it looks really good (except the last scene), and The Dream Child looked rubbish throughout the whole movie. It's really how you use the money huh? (Fun fact: the original A Nightmare on Elm Street has the lowest budget of all the movies).
I don't think everybody will like this movie, since it's a whole different movie than the original A Nightmare on Elm Street movies. The real die-hard Freddy fans might really hate this, but when you love the see another concept of the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies then you might enjoy this movie. I think this movie is kinda comparable with Scream 3.
My personal rate: 7/10