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Welcome To Elm Street!,
This review is from: The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection (New Line Platinum Series) (DVD)
In 1984, the first "Nightmare" was born. After that, six sequels were made. Now, they are all in one box set that is a must own. I totally love it! There are so many great things about these movies. The dream sequences, the characters, and especially Freddy Krueger make them all enjoyable in their own way. These movies are especially interesting because they don't consist of the same kind of usual killer. Sure, there is Michael, Leatherface, and Jason, but who cares? There are all the same. Freddy is totally different. He instead kills people in their dreams, which make for an intriguing storyline. I never exactly admired Freddy Krueger. I'll admit I was into Michael and Jason, but Freddy has more style.
The first one comes off just right. The whole plot made sense and made it scary to know that are dreams could be reality. The later installments do not live up to the first, but some are very good and are directed by Renny Harlin (one of my favorite directors!), Rachel Talalay, and, of course, Wes Craven. Everyone of these deserves a watch.
A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) - The best one out of them all. This one is where it all began and so did Johnny Depp's career. Heather Langenkamp is great as Nancy. Robert Englund was outstanding (and would be for the next 6 installments) as Fred Krueger, the dream stalker. This has a good, creepy mood to it. (10/10) Rated R for strong violence/gore, language, and partial nudity. "I'm your boyfriend now, Nancy!"
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 (1985) - This one was a bit weird. First off, it forgot the idea of Freddy (Englund) being in your dreams and made him become a real person in life. He begins to take over Jessie's (Mark Patton) body and starts killing people again. Second, it didn't explain its characters that well. It wasn't that scary, but it was entertaining. Mark Patton wasn't that great. He mostly just screamed like a girl the whole movie and wore dorky clothing. (6/10) Rated R for strong violence/gore, brief nudity, and some language. "You've got the body, I've got the brain!"
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 (1987) - Forgot about the last movie and went on to a different plot. There are teens at a psychiatric ward that are suffering from bad dreams about Fred Krueger (Englund, who is very creepy in this one). Anyway, the kids start to die one by one. They find out that they have special powers in their dreams and that they can maybe defeat Freddy for good. The movie was good, but I didn't need to see that one kid turn into a wizard (a bit corny!). There are some really cool scenes in this one. (7/10) Rated R for strong violence/gore, nudity, sexual situations, and language. "Your big break in T.V.!"
A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 (1988) - This is one of my personal favorites. This one had everything from cool dream sequences to great characters, to vivid colors, and many more. Too bad that they killed off the remaining Dream Warriors. I felt really bad when Joey Crusel died off. Anyway, the new characters are just as great, especially Lisa Wilcox as Alice. Danny Hassel is also great as Dan. This is one that you need to see. (8/10) Rated R for strong violence/gore, nudity, and language. "How's this for a wet dream?!"
A Nightmare On Elm Street 5 (1989) - My least favorite one. It turned away from the colorful Part 4 and turned into a gothic and disgusting movie. Lisa Wilcox returns and so does Danny Hassel. He dies into the movie fairly quickly though. Then were left with one-dimensional characters. It was a pretty stupid plot and movie. Alice (Wilcox) has an unborn child and it is killing her friends by letting Freddy get into its mind. Don't bother! (4/10) Rated R for graphic sequences of violence, gore, and some language. "Put the pedal to the medal, Dan!"
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) - This also one of my favorites. It is not a great movie, but it is very entertaining. There is a great soundtrack also. Freddy (Englund) is more goofy in this one. It's pretty funny though. The dream sequences are pretty nifty and there isn't a lot of gore (which is good). A young Breckin Meyer plays a stoner, Spencer, and he's pretty funny. The plot is about 4 teenagers and their psychiatric helper that go to Springwood, where all the children have died from Freddy. Freddy begins to kill them off, but there is a link between Freddy and one of the 5 people. This also sets up some back round on who Freddy is. This movie is just for a good time. You can also watch the ending in 3-D if you have the box set. This is a movie you have to see. (7/10) Rated R for violence/light gore, language, drug use, and human abuse. "Hey Spence, let's trip out!"
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) - Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Nick Corri, Wes Craven, and others play themselves in this movie. There is another "Nightmare" sequel coming into production. Heather (herself) is going to play Nancy. Yet, as the movie we are watching progresses, the script is being made the way we watch it. So, in the end, everything in the movie was made into the script. Soon, people start dying on the set and Heather's son (Miko Hughes) begins to act like Freddy. Heather decides to take on the role of Nancy once more and take Freddy down for good. Okay, this movie is really confusing. I never knew if I was watching a movie, a dream, or a movie inside a movie. Freddy is rarely seen, which is a good thing. His make-up isn't that good in this one. It looks like melted rubber and it doesn't go well. I also thought this was the one where Freddy became scary again. I really didn't think so. It came off as a bit of a disappointment in the end. (6/10) Rated R for strong violence/gore, and language. "Come here, my piggy. I got some gingerbread for you!"
The Nightmare Encyclopedia - This is a great disc for all the information about the Nightmare On Elm Street series. There are three things to choose from on the menu: PRIMETIME, INDEX, and LABYRINTH. "Primetime" is an introduction to the disc and Wes Craven talks about how the first "Nightmare" was made by using his own childhood memories. The "Index" contains all seven movies and you can go into the making of the movies and how things were done. "Labyrinth" is a tricky little thing, but fun. You go through maze-like hallways, going into rooms, searching through cabinets for deleted scenes, theatrical trailers, alternate endings, documentaries, and much more. This eighth disc is really helpful and a lot of fun. It is a nice addition to the collection. (10/10)
All together, this makes a great set that is definitely worth owning. The transfers are great, the special features are great, and the movies are fun.
Welcome To Elm Street!