Directed by: Chuck Russell.
Starring: Heather Langenkamp, Patricia Arquette, John Saxon, Robert Englund.
This was the nightmare film I grew up watching, it was the only one in my dads collection as a little boy and I enjoyed it so much, since then I watched the other sequels and instantly saw how atrocious they really all are, but I rewatched this and saw exactly everything that I liked about it as a child.
This time around, Chuck Russell has taken the helm after the atrocious second film and with Wes Craven, among others helping to write the script, it stays true to what made the original so great. Although I do prefer Wes Craven style of tension and atmosphere, Chuck Russell does a damn good job, I felt like he was a visionary with this film where he plays around with camera angles and doesn?t keep the camera in one place. There is some tension here and there and the atmosphere is great, but what I really liked was the setup of Freddy Krueger. I personally felt he was a little underused in the 1st film, this time around, he has more screen time and his background is given more meaning?.and not to mention that this is Robert Englund?s best role as Freddy. The acting this time around is a major improvement, Patricia Arquette is much better as the leading lady, showing some impressive acting, Heather Langenkamp is back and she actually surprised me, she has vastly improved from the first film. In relation to the kills, I preferred the way they were setup in the first film and how disturbing they were, but one in particular in this film (involving sleepwalking), haunted me as a child.
It is without a doubt, the only other really great nightmare movie, on some levels, it surpasses the original, on others it doesn?t, but as a whole, it stands very close to the original and should have been the only sequel made. Another classic film.