Ranking the Nightmare on Elm Street films
Not the best series of all time, but most of the movies were pretty fun to watch. The original was obviously the best, and I actually did enjoy the remake quite a bit. Part 2 really left a bad taste in my mouth and I think deservingly should be at the bottom of everyone's list. Of the nine films, only three got "Fresh" grades. The original, remake, and New Nightmare. Only the second recieved a grade of 30% or lower. The rankings range from 70%-30% with the series having an average of 50%.
Future: A sequel to the remake has been announced and will probably hit theaters in 2012.
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984, R)
Wes Craven's New Nightmare 1994, R)
The best of the "Nightmare" sequels. This film works because it's kind of a parody is some ways. Filmmakers knew that these films were getting old, and the only way to keep them alive would be to make this movie. The plot of having Freddy killing the crew of the fictional sequel was truly brilliant! Although they could have made it better. It was real nice to see the players from the movies behind the set including director Wes Craven.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010, R)
Not a great movie by any means, and definetely not better than the original. This is still a decent movie that is in my mind better than all the sequels of the 80's and 90's. It stays true to it's source, while adding some more twists. I like the relationship between the two kids. Fealt more real than the one in the original "ANOES." Another aspect is that they portrayed Freddy as a child molester. I like that angle better than the old "child murderer" approach. Obviously I'm against that kind of sick act, but it made the movie more powerful including the scene where they see their own pictures. Haley does a great job taking over Englund.
Freddy vs. Jason 2003, R)
I don't get all the hate for this movie. Out of all the bad "Nightmare" sequels why is this one deemed as one of the worst? I actually found this quite entertaining. I cared more about the teens in this one, than in the last couple. And I thought the storyline of Freddy haunting the unborn baby was a creative idea. Unlike the fourth they continued the plot of Freddy's mom, which alone makes this more interesting than the fourth. It's not a good film by any means, but it's a hell of a lot better than the other "Nightmares" of films.
Freddy's Dead - The Final Nightmare 1991, R)
I will give this movie one thing: This movie truly does kill of Freddy. No more sequels with BS explanations. He's dead. Of course I consider "New Nightmare" to be a treat for those of put up with these stinkers, and "Freddy Vs. Jason" is more of an All-Star game.