LiamDalley’s review published on Letterboxd:
An Highly Entertaining ride
Written and Directed by Chuck Russell (Fringe, I Am Wrath) (In his directorial Debut) co-written by Frank Darabont (The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, The Huntsman: Winter's War) and starring again Robert Englund (Chuck, Meet the Deedles) Heather Langenkamp (Growing Pains, Star Trek Into Darkness) and the late great John Saxon (Hawaii Five-O, Beverly Hills Cop III) also starring Patricia Arquette (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Boardwalk Empire) and Laurence Fishburne (CSI: Miami, Miami Vice) with a Cameo by Zsa Zsa Gabor (The Beverly Hillbillies, Moulin Rouge)
A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.
If a Nightmare On Elm Street made Freddy Kruger a iconic movie villain than this picture is the movie that made him a House hold name and supposedly this would have been the final movie in the franchise but whoops it’s made money and made three more movies that got worst and worst but enough about 3D demons, dreaming children and Kung fighting an glove on to this after the critical and box office disappointment but now considered cult classic of Freddy’s Revenge, New Line Cinema (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Appaloosa) want to get the series in the right direction again and they did
The writing is a little weak when it comes to the dialogue and story but it still works when it comes to the characters especially on the title characters and this Version of Freddy balances the right amount of the menacing side of the original, Freddy’s Revenge and New Nightmare and the jokey quipster of Dream Master, Dream Child and Freddy’s Dead, the acting is pretty good, the visuals are still very impressive especially the make up effects by Greg Cannom (Chaos Theory, Bulletproof Monk) Screaming Mad George (Star Kid, Freaked) and Kevin Yagher (Æon Flux, Volcano) which blew me away and the score by Angelo Badalamenti (Profiler, The City of Lost Children) is both whimsical and eerie at the same time
This Thriller might not be the best written or the most serious movie in the franchise but it’s the most creative and entertaining