Welcome Exiles to this week’s What’s On The Grill?, the weekl…er…occasional mini-review corner where we get to blast about whatever we’ve caught recently, feasted on with our eyes as some say.
This week was a heavy dose of Nightmare. HULU recently added the entire A Nightmare On Elm Street series. It has been a long time since I have watched several of these (2,4,5,6) and I have never binged the entire series in order, I thought this would be a fun opportunity to do so. Enjoy!
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
“Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won’t lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.”
4.5/5- Just a classic all the way around. Holds up extremely well and is still as creepy and menacing as ever.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
“A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger, who is out to possess him in order to continue his reign of terror in the real world.”
3.5/5- I couldn’t tell you the last time I watched this all the way through and I just loved it. To me it has aged very well, and I don’t understand why so many don’t care for it. Felt more psychological than slasher. It really picks up when Freddy “comes out” from within Jesse in Grady’s room. That scene was well done and pretty tense and remained that way till the end.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
“A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.”
3.75/5- Was never that scary but still fun with some great kills. TV kill is still one of my all-time favs. Wasn’t as impressed as I was during previous viewings. The skeleton scene took away a little something this time around. It always surprises me when Morpheus shows up though.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
“Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may be able to defeat him for good.”
3/5- Too goofy this time around. Series starts to nose dive for me here. The nostalgia doesn’t even help. Water bed scene is still one of my favorites though. Fun Fact: I had a water bed during my teen years…Yeah…
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
“The pregnant Alice finds Freddy Krueger striking through the sleeping mind of her unborn child, hoping to be reborn into the real world.”
3.25/5- Some solid visuals and kill scenes. Motorcycle scene was always pretty wicked, and the comic book scene is still fun.
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
“Dream-haunting Freddy Krueger returns once again to prowl the nightmares of Springwood’s last surviving teenager, and of a woman whose personal connection to Krueger may mean his doom.”
smh/5- I just can’t with this one…
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
“A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather Langenkamp play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?”
3.99/5- A breath of fresh air. Freddy is back to being the good ole fashion boogeyman. Still bugs me that Robert Englund never meets Freddy.
That’s it for another What’s On The Grill?, folks!
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