Friday, October 03, 2014
Wes Craven's New Nightmare
I liked the original Nightmare On Elmstreet, but each sequel that followed seemed to get sillier and less horrifying. When the series ended, I didn't even notice. However Craven, apparently unhappy with the way things had gone, wanted to do one more Freddy film, returning the character to his more horrific beginnings. Less funny. More Scary.
The movie does a pretty good job, though the writers felt compelled to create a 'story arc' for the 'character' of Heather, which pretty obviously wasn't the real life of actress Heather Langenkamp. Not the way I would have handled it.
There are some scary scenes though and the sets and nightmare effects come off well, occasionally even manages to capture some of the feel of a real dream world. All and all a great way to get the festival up and running.