was expecting very little in the way of this sequel. The others grew tired and lifeless, with on again, off again, decent performances turned in by Robert Englund as Freddy, and some decent, not so decent script writing. Frankly, you just never know what TO expect with long-running franchises such as this. But what I got was NOT what I expected. Nothing close.
I had to view this three times. At my first viewing, I was so surprised, I immediately said, "I need to watch this again." Upon my third viewing, I realized that what I was watching was the resurrection of one of my favorite franchises! I was (if only momentarily) struck speechless.
I'm trying not to "gush" here, or exaggerate, so do not take it lightly when I say that I believe this is possibly the most creative work Craven has ever directed. Don't get me wrong, aside from "Last House on the Left," I've enjoyed everything Craven's put out, including those annoyingly clichéd "Scream" movies. (Just for your info though, I only didn't like Last House on the Left because I do not find entertainment in exploitation, it IS a fine low budget, independent exploitation film, just not my cup of tea.) But "New Nightmare" is just not a recycling of the same tired old story with a new kick. It's a new take on a long-standing favorite BY the creator.