Taylor Heider’s review published on Letterboxd:
I used to really hate this movie and it's follow-up (Dream Child, which I still hate pending rewatch), but last night I guess I was in the mood to watch something goofy and I walked away sort of understanding why this movie gets a lil love. Not a lot of love, most people don't like this and for good reason - it's a bland knockoff of Dream Warriors, no one can act, it turns Freddy into a joke, etc. etc. I also really don't care for Alice for the majority of this movie, even in the last act she's just kind of lame.
BUT - this was a lot of fun in all of it's stupidity. Though I love the first Nightmare on Elm Street because it's so terrifying, I also didn't mind/sorta liked the goofier Freddy moments ("how's this for a wet dream"/Freddy on the beach is classic).
My boyfriend is watching all of these movies for the first time and trying to explain why Freddy is resurrected in this movie is impossible, but a dog pissing fire on his grave is so dumb that I love it?! How does the mythology expand so that Freddy can kill anyone who shows up in someone's dream? How the hell do you transfer your powers to other people?! How does Alice pull people into her dreams without even wishing it to happen? Everything in this movie is STUPID!!! I love it!!!!!! Sorry. I wish I wasn't like this.
By the way, of all the terrible ways to die, I think Roach Motel is the worst for me. I'm with Debbie, bugs are disgusting, and Dynasty > Trig any day.
Maybe my newfound enjoyment of this garbage means I might like Dream Child? Here's hoping.