I’ve been watching a lot of slasher movies recently. I really like the Friday the 13th series (I have an essay on the box set coming out soon, hopefully.) This one however…eh. It was okay. I know it’s supposed to be one of the more critically acclaimed slasher films…and the effects are certainly good…but the eighties synth music really irritated me, and the relatively complicated script really showed up the mediocre acting. Also, the characters are overall too likable; there isn’t the tension between wanting them dead and worrying about them that I enjoyed in Friday the 13th. In other words, I think the things that tend to make Nightmare more critically accepted — more complex plotting, less open sadism — are the things that made me like it less.

Not that I disliked it. It was fine. It’s just that Freddy is no Jason.