This was the first of these that I had ever seen randomly in high school, so it and it's soundtrack definitely holds a special place for me. It's a little hard to get past that nostalgia, but I do think this is in the better half of the whole series after finally getting through both franchises individually. The story at it's core feels like a Nightmare movie, but Jason gets most of the kills and it's hard to not root for him a little bit towards the end. Some decent callbacks to earlier installments of both, but a little lacking on the creative Freddy kills, which is a bummer. Pretty fun and does well to pay homage to both original franchises in a modern way that doesn't totally jump the shark.
Notes:They never really said where Crystal Lake was, but we got clues it was in New Jersey (or at least the NE) and we definitely saw that Springwood was in Ohio. They kind of just ignore that detail and make them close enough to be drivable (or walkable in Jason's case).Our main girl's name is Lori, which is a nice nod to the third big slasher franchise.Accurate to the original Nightmare series with the adults being manipulative and trying to hide all of their bad deeds from the kids.Some solid boiler room scenes. Also accurate to the original Nightmare movies.Like the last entry in the Halloween series, we get a musician to come in and add some diversity and this time we get Kelly Rowland. Lots of familiar faces in this one, but she's always the fun one to note.