Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
So scary it will send you straight to the loony bin!
Fully established now, the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise takes full advantage of the mid-80's way to do things when it comes to supernatural slashers. This time around, we focus on a group of troubled kids held in a psych ward and not taken seriously when the deadly nightmares kick in. The new setting is a great stepping stone. The fact that the victims are confined adds to the threat.
Until now, in Springwood, personalities weren't clearly defined and character arcs were privileged over character traits. The different protagonists are now full-on stereotypes. They are sympathetic, nonetheless, and, though their situation is sad, they are an entertaining bunch. Their personas become a critical part of the plot when they learn they can shape their own dreams to survive the night.
The movie is dark, magical, gimmicky. Prosthetic and animatronics play a significant role. Heather Langenkamp's character returns and Krueger is still played by Robert Englund. The initial mythology lost in the previous entry is shunned and resumes. It's everything the first sequel should have been. It's is ambitious, looks great, and pushes fantasy even further than the previous films did.