Written by: John Edward Betancourt
Truth is, I was never much into slasher flicks back in the 1980's despite their popularity. While I do appreciate them and some of the awesome kills that happen in these films, they quickly lost my interest. Except for one series that is. Of all the many options for blood and guts that were available to me, only one killer stood out above the rest; Freddy Krueger.
There was something so alluring and terrifying about this particular villain that when it came to his films, I would do everything I could to see them. Maybe it was the fact that he would be able to kill you in your dreams, or the fact that the dream world allowed Freddy to be something more than a basic killing machine, either way I was captivated by his films. Freddy's legacy in horror has spanned nearly thirty years, spawned nine films and even a television show. But Mister Krueger's powerhouse franchise is not without its blemishes and today at Girls of Geek, we take a look at the more forgettable moments in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.
4.) Freddy vs. Jason
The Plot: Forgotten by the people of Springwood, Freddy Krueger has lost his ability to reach out and kill from the dream world. In order to satisfy his blood lust, he resurrects the legendary Jason Voorhees to murder teens in Springwood, giving him power once again. But Freddy has unleashed a nightmare of his own in the killing machine that is Jason. The only way now to stop these horrific monsters is to pit them against one another and pray that neither wins.
The Lowdown: The battle that everyone wanted, ended up being a dud. While there are solid kills in this film, something is clearly missing. The scares just simply aren't there, and the hype for both Freddy and Jason appearing in the same film ends up detracting from the experience. Rather than let the plot tell the story one simply waits for the gore, making the film nothing more than a collection of one liners and quick kills. A decidedly unfulfilling venture for both horror legends.
3.) A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
The Plot: Following the events of The Dream Master, the children of Springfield rejoice in their defeat of dream demon Freddy Krueger. Except for Alice, despite being the one to defeat the monster, she suddenly finds herself dreaming of Freddy once again. As her friends begin to die as well, she comes to realize that Krueger has found his way back into nightmares by using the dreams of her unborn child.
The Lowdown: This particular outing can be summarized in one word, boring. There are no scares to be found in this film, the kills are neither fun nor terrifying. There is just really nothing to this film. The actors seem bored themselves, and none of the characters are worth caring about. Even Alice, who had such depth in the prior film, is lifeless in this one. While the film attempts to go into darker territory this time around, it falls flat on its face otherwise and is a forgettable entry.
2.) A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
The Plot: The children of Elm Street are dying in their sleep, plagued by a horribly scarred mad man known as Freddy Krueger. One by one the children begin to fall, and a young girl named Nancy, desperate to understand it all, uncovers a horrible truth about her past and their connection to Krueger. These revelations force her to abandon much needed rest, but it will only buy her a little bit of time. Eventually she will have to sleep, and face off against the man that haunts her dreams.
The Lowdown: There was a chance, with modern effects and a fresh face in Jackie Earle Haley that this remake could have been something special. Instead it ends up being just mediocre. The kills are of standard fare, with little originality. Once more the characters are one dimensional and the actors seem bored, except for Haley. But unfortunately for him, all of the character's power is removed from the screen by turning him into nothing more than a child molester. Now before you blast me via comments and email over that being bad enough, you're right. It IS pretty awful, but it was a trait that was implied with the Robert Englund take on Freddy Krueger. My issue is that by using that element alone, and making it so personal, the true evil of Freddy is gone forever. The Krueger of old, was a maniac and a monster. He craved the fear of little children, he loved to torment them before ending their lives. That, is more terrifying than a simple story of revenge. While this film could have obtained number one status, had it not been for the next picture, this mess would never have existed.
1.) Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
The Plot: The city of Springwood is nearly devoid of children. The majority of them hunted down in their sleep by Freddy Krueger. In fact only one child remains and Freddy allows him to escape for one sole reason. To bring Freddy's spirit into the world, where he can find the long lost member of his family and take root in a new town and kill again.
The Lowdown: There was such potential here to give one of horror's greatest legends a proper send off. Instead, we were given an hour and a half comedy skit. The one liners are at their worst here, making Freddy seem like a stand up comic at open mic night rather than the monster we know him to be. The kills only make matters worse, with each one doing its best to one up the other. Case in point, Freddy's variation of the Nintendo Power Glove speaks to how far the franchise lost its way. Take that and throw in a dash of 3-D and you have without a doubt the worst Elm Street film of them all.