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maybe one of the most extreme, sudden dips in enjoyment i have with a slasher series considering the amount of valuable material in Nightmare's 1-3 entries. they had such a great opportunity to develop joey - kincaid - kristen as characters and after killing the first two off within the first 10 minutes or whatever, they kill off kristen to make way for alice who, as uninteresting as i find her relative to the characters of the previous installment might well at least be superior to the new actress' rendition of kristen, though i could see why patricia arquette would want nothing to do with this so i can't be too mad. the filmmaking qualities here including pacing, framing, lighting etc. are *laughable* compared to 3. the only arguably good thing this has going for it for me are some effectively gross body horror moments: the souls stretching their way through freddy's skin at the end, the bug-transformation kill, and the meatball bit most memorably.
even given all this i have to admit my nostalgia for this entry as well, it's so strange watching something that you simultaneously strongly dislike but whose content is none-the-less so deeply etched into your earliest media memories. i'm hoping nightmare 5 is at least a more *interesting* entry, even if im anticipating its quality to be similarly dubious.