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Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

Horror movie directed by Wes Craven

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3 1/2 stars: Welcome to your new nightmare...

  • May 3, 2010

Not to long ago on the eve of the release of  the remake  of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (2010)  I sought to watch  the original 1984 horror classic  that had inspired it. Needless to say I was less than impressed,  know don't get me wrong Craven is a genius and his idea of a mad man stalking and killing people in there dreams  was and still is extremely original, but the film  lacked a certain pace and  direction that was necessary to tell a story of that caliber. Therefore, I went in hoping to have the living daylights scared out of me and instead I was almost bored. Wes Craven's unique horror film was brought down by the simplest of means poor acting, a poor script and terrible pacing all unraveled one of the 80's most promising films and turned it into what we call today a teenybopper horror flick. After the films initial success, six sequels followed all making Freddy more and more less of a horror villain and more of a punch line then in 1994 Wes Craven released a film that brought Freddy out of his slump and   gave audiences a true dose of terror and brought Freddy out of the movies and into reality.



Wes Craven's "New Nightmare" is what I like to call the true  "A Nightmare on Elm Street" what that film lacked this film made up for with it's eerie and foreboding atmosphere, it's stark and gloomy dialogue it's haunting musical score and Robert Englund. Craven has constructed a horror film that not only serves as a film within a film but also as an outside the box horror thriller, so to speak. What I like d most about it was the way Craven  blends reality  and fiction together to create a film that takes place in a real place and a real time with real people mostly playing themselves, Robert Englund and Wes Craven included. The film is so gloomy and macabre that it almost feels like a movie but then when you hear the actors called by there real names and you see real locations you start to feel a sense of realism. With that, Craven locks you in his world and throws away the key, at least until the film is over. "New Nightmare"  is too me the true sequel and ending to the Freddy Kruger series  and while some may find the other sequels good I can promise you after you seen Wes Craven's "New Nightmare" you will look down on then  as pointless and poorly constructed films. "New Nightmare" is a truly mind blowing nightmarish ride.




I liked all aspects of this film, my only grip was the ending the ending nearly destroyed this film it was similar to how Nancy defeated Freddy in the film but beyond that this film is one wild and trippy ride that makes other horror films look like episodes on Sesame Street. Craven is in top form and he pulls out all the tricks he has up his sleeve and turns  what could have been another  horrible sequel into a film that surpasses the original and anything Craven has ever done. It shows with each eerie and horrifying moment, "New Nightmare" does not just live up to its title it makes it real.



Heather Langenkamp was utterly awful in the 1984 film and while she has gotten some serious acting skills since then she still lags once in a great while. However, Langenkamp delivers a disturbed and haunted performance as herself. Nearly 10  years after the original film Heather Langenkamp is  still haunted by nightmares of Freddy but now it seems that her young son Dylan(Miko Hughes)  is having the same nightmares as well and may turn out that he worst fear may be real after all. Langenkamp is fantastic and really shows  she has talent although she is just playing Nancy under a guise  she is mostly playing herself  which is easier said than done in a movie within a movie, but for the most part  Langenkamp does a first rate job  and helps elevate the film  from standard Freddy movie to  full blown horror masterpiece. the rest of the cast including  Bodhi Elfman, Claudia Haro, David Newsom, Gretchen Oehler,  , Jeffrey John Davis  , John Saxon  , Lin Shaye  , Marianne Maddalena  , Matt Winston  , Miko Hughes  , Rob LaBelle  , Robert Englund  , Robert Shaye  , Sam Rubin  , Sara Risher  , Tracy Middendorf and  Wes Craven all turn in fine supporting performances in this definitive contemporary  horror classic.





"New Nightmare" is what  "A Nightmare on Elm Street" should have been  it has all the real true blue horror trapping that shot Wes Craven to fame in the 80's and 90's  and to me stands as how  a how a smart and efficient horror film should be made. Mind you, it is not the "Chinatown" of horror films it is more like "Minority Report" mixed with "The Sixth Sense.” It does not waist your time and delivers the thrills, the chills and the grim and eeriness you would expect from Wes Craven. "New Nightmare" is one of Craven's best and most complete works he is ever made and next to the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and his teen cult classic "SCREAM"  "New Nightmare" makes them look like Child’s Play.

Welcome to your new nightmare...

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May 12, 2010
aside from the original this was the only one from the franshise that I actually liked. The original's dialogue is a little hokey in this time, but during the 80's it would appear just right. Nice review, this was indeed a return to actual horror and a departure of the evolution of Freddy as someone who talked too much...
May 12, 2010
I've only seen the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and Wes Craven's "New Nightmare" and I finally saw the remake yesterday so I've seen the two of Wes Craven's and the remake. Plus I don't like horror sequels there just cash cows trying to make money off the first film and it's villain. But this one was definitely worth it. And thank you.
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English-professor-turned-horror-auteur Wes Craven brings both careers to play in this ingenious reinterpretation of theNightmare on Elm Streetseries as a modern-day fairy tale--a sort ofHansel and Gretelfor big kids. Heather Langenkamp, star of the original film, plays Heather Langenkamp, an actress and mother wracked with nightmares as Los Angeles is rocked with unexplained earthquakes. Meanwhile, her son starts sleepwalking and croaking Freddy Krueger threats. Is it a coincidence that Wes Craven (playing himself) is turning his own troubled dreams into a new screenplay, which he calls "a sort of nightmare in progress"? According to his visions, the imaginary Freddy has become the embodiment of ancient evil and is trying to break out of his movie prison and into the physical world. It's a rather literal and glib explanation, but words have never been Craven's strong suit. His central thesis, the cultural importance of stories, is more resonant in the web of imagery arising from dreams, movies, and the subconscious. Robert Englund and John Saxon play themselves and their movie characters (though this Freddy is decidedly less wisecracking and more demonic). It's a thoughtful, imaginative, and often gripping modern horror film that echoes with suggestions ofThe ExorcistandPoltergeist. Though less of a fun-house thrill ride than previousNightmares, it's scarier and smarter than any of the other series sequels.--Sean Axmaker
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Director: Wes Craven
Screen Writer: Wes Craven
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
Runtime: 112 minutes
Studio: New Line Home Video
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