Remember the terror and dread of the original “Nightmare on Elm Street”? That’s gone now. Freddy Krueger was unstoppable, invading our dreams and drawing his strength from our deepest fears and flat-out murdering people with those fears. Now, he’s relegated to possessing an unborn infant to sneak into people’s dreams so he can crack bad jokes while coming up with overly contrived ways to kill them.
Early in the series, Freddy’s one-liners were cold, cruel barbs that he used to taunt his victims as he showed them the hopelessness of their situation. Now they seem to be his main reason for being around: he shows up, throws out some bad jokes and innuendo and then kills somebody through some overly complicated scenario. No longer Jack the Ripper terrifying victims in their dreams, now he’s Carrot Top annoying victims until they submit to their own fate just to get it over with.