Going to party like its my birthday. I don’t party on my birthday. I’m lazy and I hate people. I gave myself a treat on my birthday and decided to review a film I’ve seen a lot. That would be the 3rd film in the Elm Street series. I needed a little Freddy Krueger in my Halloween month. Hell, I need Freddy in every month! Going to spoil the shit out of this film ahead.
This one takes place a few years after the first film. The second film is ignored. This one brings back the characters of Nancy Thompson and her father played by Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon respectively. Wes Craven returns as the writer, but he doesn’t direct this one. So at this place called Westin Hills, the inhabitants of this care center are having bad dreams. They are being stalked by the evil Freddy Krueger because they are the last of the Elm Street children. This means their parents helped burn Freddy alive when he was still living. A doctor that almost looks like Bill Maher, but was really an alien on one of the Star Trek series becomes friends with Nancy since she now works at the psych ward. Nancy is able to connect better with the children since she knows what they have been going through. They have group sessions where they talk about their experiences. Freddy starts to kill a few of the kids. The best kill is Jennifer who he puts through the television. “Welcome to prime time, bitch!” Best Freddy line ever. The group sessions lead to everyone figuring out their dream powers. The main girl of the group is Kristin played by Patricia Arquette. She can bring other people into her dreams. During one session, Freddy kidnaps Joey (a horny mute kid) and he won’t let him wake up. This means that everyone has to dream to stop him. Also happening is Not Bill Maher is getting visits from this nun who tells him exposition about how a child was born in Westin Hills. A young nun was raped by a hundred maniacs. Not Bill Maher also has to convince Nancy’s drunk cop dad to help them kill Freddy. He reluctantly agrees and takes Not Bill Maher to a junkyard where they buried his bones. In the dream world, Freddy kills the Wizard Master kid and the druggie girl. It comes down to a final four basically with Nancy, Kristin, Kincaid (a very fun black man), and Joey. Freddy is kicking their butts when he has to possess his bones to kill Nancy’s dad. Freddy returns but Joey yells at him which is important since he’s been a mute. Lieutenant Thompson shows up in the dream to tell Nancy he’s gone to the other side, but it’s a trick by Freddy allowing him to kill her. He tries to kill Nancy, but Not Bill Maher throws some holy water on his bones and buries him. This defeated Freddy until Part IV. We also find out that nun was a ghost and Freddy’s mom.
The Characters and Acting
I really like all the characters in this film. That’s what makes this a great film. You actually like the characters. A lot of slasher films today you hate the characters. What’s the point in watching if I want all the people dead. The audience usually likes having people to root for so we get sad when they die. That happens a lot in this film. Everyone is very likable. The kid that’s the Wizard Master is great. He’s nerdy like me. I can relate. Nancy is just as good as she was in the first one. Patricia Arquette does an excellent job as Kristin. Laurence Fishburne is in this film. He doesn’t do much, but he’s effective. My favorite kid is Kincaid. He’s a badass motherfucker. I can’t help but root for him. The best person of all is Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. This is his best performance in any Elm Street movie. He brings the right kind of humor and horror to this one. His one liners are at their peak in this film. It’s a big change from the first two films, but it’s really effective here. It goes too over the top in the later films.
Many great special effects in this one. One that stands out is the claymation bit with Freddy then he grows to giant size. I love when he’s like the puppet master and he cuts the strings on one kid making it look like a suicide. The television kill is another great example. The Freddy worm is amazing. I’ve seen some behind the scenes work on how that was done. It’s pretty great. I like the junkyard scenes. Freddy’s lair in the dream realm is also great. The set design in this film is pretty fantastic.
This is easily my favorite of the Nightmare on Elm Street series. It blends the right type of horror and comedy. The characters are all enjoyable. Freddy is at his absolute best. This film just works where the other ones do not. I don’t think the first one holds up as well anymore. This one is the definitive movie in the series. I recommend it to all horror fans.
There’s also a kickass song for this film. Pure 80s gold! Dokken rules!
- A Nightmare On Elm Street: 10 Hottest Freddy Krueger Victims (jarviscity.com)
- ‘Freddy Krueger’ comes to town – just in time for Halloween! Boo! (voices.suntimes.com)
- Actor Robert Englund reflects on 30 years as ‘Nightmare’ killer (dailyherald.com)