I'm sure this will be mentioned in a Right Now on Horror Squad post at some point, but considering Platinum Dunes' remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street opens today, now is the best time to point everyone to Jacob Hall's* fantastic retrospective of all the previous entries in the Elm Street film series. This is no ordinary, 'watch 'em all so I can remember what happened' retrospective, though.
Jacob actually did a day-long, back-to-back marathon of all 8 films (Freddy vs. Jason included) and kept a running tab of what each film's body count was, what major dream sequences were involved, how it all fits into the Krueger canon and more. Plus, since he hadn't seen some of these films in well over a decade (if he at all), it also functions quite nicely as a guide to how a newbie views the franchise. I'm particularly fond of his reaction to Part 2; and not only because he wonders why Freddy can kill birds in their sleep:
"Don't expect me to mount a full-scale defense of the film here. It's not particularly good and outside of the gay subtext (which drops the sub and just becomes text), there's really nothing of interest going on here. However, I refuse to outright dismiss it because, tonally, it feels more like a companion to the first film than any others in the series. Other than ditching the unsettling theme music (a move so wrongheaded that it's the only film in the series to do so), this feels like it takes place in the same creepy, understated universe of the first film. Granted, the creepy is now stupid and the understated is now boring, but I'll give the movie props for trying."
Check out his cover of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy's Revenge, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master in part one. Head over to part two for The Dream Child, The Final Nightmare, New Nightmare, and Freddy vs. Jason.