So, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 1-3. I’m not going to on about these films. They are part of the horror cannon with a passionate fan base. I will start with this statement though. I didn’t see them until much later in life and I’m void of the fan boyism that comes with these flicks. (unlike say, Star Wars or Batman).
I thought the first one was cool. It was dark and creepy, though I will hold off on the word scary. And I don’t think the acting was all that great. Now, I will say the f/x and dreamscapes were epic. The thing everyone tells me is: “this Freddy is darker than the sequels.” I didn’t see that, not that it was bad. I thought he came off as creepy, murderous and in control.
NIghtmare 2 isn’t worth discussing, but I liked Nightmare 3 even more than the original. I thought the kills were more creative and took advantage of the possibilities of the dream. “Welcome to prime time bitch!”
So, like I said, I don’t have the attachment of time with these movies like some (Benjamin Jabe, Ryan Andrews) do. So here goes, I dug the remake more than the original. I think because Jackie Earl Haley is a better “actor” and created a much darker version with more realistic looking burns. That and making him a full on child molester (child murderer always made me feel like they were hinting around the obvious) just made a bigger impact on me as an audience member.
So all in all, I dug the films and will continue the series, but it just didn’t have the impact on me that Hellraiser did in this year’s challenge.