Michael Tuthill’s review published on Letterboxd:
I think this gets a bad wrap, but this ANOES was, for better or worse, entertaining despite some illogical scripting on part of the writers, the SFX work and creative kills were striking and disturbing...they also hold up for the most part.
Important side note: There's some eerie similarities between the visuals in this and the subsequent Joss Whedon 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If I had some side by side frame comparisons, I bet you could draw your own conclusions about what Whedon was watching and formulating his idea from.
As much as I thought keeping a consistent character around like Heather Langenkamp, after her "phone-it-in" performance in 3, I could tell she didn't give a crap about this franchise, or maybe, the Director just couldn't give her any good direction to pull a performance...because Freddy is hamming it up and loving every minute of it.
I'll never understand why the dog peeing on the ground creates a crack to hell that frees Freddy and then we never see this bad boi again, but there you have it...that's the setup. The story re-casts just about everyone from the last film and then kills them all off...and Freddy is defeated from a revelation we have no setup for in the Medusa style ending...
Onto the next one.