Daniel’s review published on Letterboxd:
Dream on baby. Freddy never dies. Again that is. Because he did once. But that's not the point. Because he returns: In one of the more beloved slasher sequels in cinema. Keeping everyone awake for years still.
Three films into this franchise: it is hard to believe where it is now. It started off with something terrifying before evolving into something truly mind bending; as it tries everything possible to change the game.
Freddy has always bent minds. But never this much. Robert Englund returns with one of the most outrageously insane performances of the iconic dream killer in this franchise to date: with the help of so much.
Let's be honest: this is not the original. Never will be. It doesn't capture the same sense of terror or fear. It does, however, create something new that we hadn't seen in the previous films: eccentric imagination.
Chuck Russell is not Wes Craven. Nor does he try to be. Even though he brings back Heather Langenkamp as Nancy; and continue the story from the first film specifically; it is a unique tale to follow the original.
From the setting of a mental hospital to the chaotic wonderland of Freddy in the Dream World. This takes advantage of everything that would be insane about this and turns it up by almost a hundred.
Heather Langenkamp returning as Nancy is the cherry on top of an already delicious cake, stacked with so many flavours, some might not be for everyone. But it does enough to have something for everyone.
With the most creative slayings in not only this franchise, but in almost any of the genre, this stamps itself as proof that with enough time and care. Not all the sequels: especially in horror need to fail so very often.