belial_carboni’s review published on Letterboxd:
Happy October! 🎃🎃🎃 Thought I would start off my favorite month by watching my two favorite Elm St films. I love how parts 3 and 4 continue a consistent story and characters. I really think these two films are the peak of the series and provide the most likeable characters. The return of Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon brings the story full circle and solidifies the cast.
"In my dreams I'm beautiful... and bad!" So great. The creation of each characters dream powers is a fun idea and adds another interesting element. Freddy's back story is effective and does a good job of explaining his origins.
This film starts a new direction for the series with a huge emphasis on ambitious and imaginative ideas and less focus on a standard "scary Freddy stalking teenagers" plot like the original. Some of the most creative kills are showcased here (vein marionette, needle fingers, TV head smash and many more).
The Hospital setting adds extra vulnerability and depth to the characters and gives plenty of opportunities for Freddy to attack given all the sleep medications in play.
I also find that the soundtrack peaks during parts 3 and 4 giving us some amazing 80s tunes (into the fire is my jam). Freddy has started to become more comical but still balances this well with his scarier side.
2nd favorite film of the series but let's see how my viewing of part 4 holds up.
Onto part 4!