Night terrors on reel!
For the second time around, now, surviving characters are carrying over to the sequel, cementing this one and the previous two together. Our heroes can only be teenagers for so long, though, and so Alice, our protagonist, is now pregnant. This new adult perspective on matters brings the franchise back closer to its original austerity and dramatic level, but we lose a bit of the fun.
This one is dark, indeed, in lighting and tone. Dealing with themes such as fetus possession, child abortion, dream rapes, single parenthood, even, and the loss of lovers, the movie, like his aging audience, marks the end of teen age and 80’s innocence. The protagonists, as they drop one by one, grieve more than ever, it seems, as if carrying the deaths of previous generations, which they do.
This is the beginning of the end for A Nightmare on Elm Street’s legacy. It is the last movie to follow the acclaimed initial gimmick. Along with the main slasher franchise additions of that moment, it strongly contributes to marking the end of 80’s cheese.