As I’ve previously mentioned, I’ve been watching this series for nearly 20 years. I love it (except the second movie). So I was more than excited to find out that a remake was in the offing. Actually I was a little upset that the reboot wasn’t going to include Robert Englund (who played Freddy in all 8 previous films and the TV series). But, I understood that Englund is just too old to play this roll; and it really wouldn’t be a proper reboot if he was involved as Freddy (though I think he could have made a cameo at some point, I think during the opening sequence when Dean was following the waitress, Englund could have been a cook or something).
But here’s a quick reminder of the plot of this movie. There are spoilers in the review. A child molester, killed by a mob of parents, has returned from the dead to haunt the dreams of the children he molested. The teens quickly discover that if something happens to you in your dreams, they happen to you in real life. So if one dies in a dream, they die in real life.
This movie has a small body count, much smaller than the Friday remake released last year. But that is common for a Freddy movie, where Freddy usually only gets 3 – 6 good kills in. This movie was no exception. Freddy claimed three teens within the time line, one teen via a web cam and Nancy’s mother (and possibly a dog).
A more detailed look at the plot and some of my comments on it are below:
It seems that Freddy is very strong at this point, having the victims sleep walking that mimics the happenings of the dream (canonical based on Nightmare 3).
One of the best lines in the movie occurs now, Freddy says something along the lines: “The brain still functions for seven minutes after the heart stops beating. We still have 6 minutes to play!” This reminded me of Englund’s Freddy and his one off lines! I loved it.
While Nancy is doing this research, Quentin is almost drowned as he has a waking nap while swimming (reminding me of Nightmare 5, when Yvonne does something similar when swimming). This time, though, instead of haunting Quentin, Freddy shows him how he was killed, burned to death by the mob of angry parents (it was Quentin’s dad that actually threw the cocktail into the boiler room).
Back at home, Nancy and her mother discuss the events in the hall and just as Nancy thanks her mom for trying to protect her, and Nancy’s mom is about to say that it is all over. Freddy pulls the mother through the mirror, almost instantly killing her (much like Nightmare 1 where in the supposed happy ending. Nancy leaves to meet her friends in the car, when suddenly Freddy pulls the mother through the front door window).
- I loved that the music from the original series was used. It really added to the fact that this was a Nightmare movie.
- Properly explaining the molestation, by having the teens that are haunted be the children Freddy molested!
- The creepy Freddy (as much as I love the “campyness” of the later films, Wes was right in Nightmare 7, when he talked about how silly Freddy had become). This also made Freddy more realistic and easier to hate.
- Not introducing Hypnocile as a drug to stop you from dreaming, but just using ADD meds to keep Quentin awake.
- Nancy and a bad ass artist. I like that she wasn't as innocent in this movie (but I wish she had gained a gray streak in her hair like in Nightmare 1).
- The internal time line. The class picture clearly says that the kids were in Pre-K in the ’94-’95 school year. Which would make them at least 20 in the year 2010! Not in high school! (This discrepancy was made more apparent by the fact that the actors are much older than high school aged students: Dean is 25, Kristina is 24, Jesse is 22, Quentin is 23 and Nancy is 25)
- Internal plot point: Kris sets the alarm in her house on the night she is killed, but then opens the window to let Jesse in. And then later, when he runs out of the front door, the alarm is activated.
- Internal plot point: Based on Nightmare 5, we know that animals are also part of the “if it happens in a dream, it happens in real life,” but does this include when Kris dreams that the dog is killed, was the dog dreaming at the time too? Was he killed in real life?
- Fanboy gripe: The dog was called Ruffus. I think he should have been called Jason, as a throwback to Knicade’s dog in Nightmare 5 (who looked a lot like the dog playing Ruffus).