dantesring’s review published on Letterboxd:
It wasn't intentional, but I watched this the same night I saw IT CHAPTER 2. All the effort that was put in that film and this cheap sequel from the 80's is so much better at creating a sense of dread. It is interesting to note that both Pennywise and Freddy Krueger use the same tactics to kill. Freddy is just more effective.
I was pleasantly surprised that this film holds up so well. As a young teen it was a big movie and it was really cool. While the scares don't hold up as well the atmosphere and dread, especially in the first half hour, are pretty good.
This is the film that resets the Freddy character from the first two films into the more jokey killing machine he was to become. I remember it being more over the top, but the film is still pretty restrained in his use and all the better for it.
The creativity of the dream deaths was the big draw and it was nice to see the cheesy special effects in action. There is a real charm to the stop motion and other optical effects used and I was glad to see it.
As I had such a good time revisiting this I am looking forward to seeing some of the other films in the series again. I hope they hold up as well.