‘Wes Craven’s New Nightmare’ is the 1994 film directed and written by Wes Craven.
Freddy’s back and so is Wes Craven. He mixes things up a bit with this installment. Krueger goes from the reel world to the real world. Being on the screen isn’t enough for him anymore. We see Robert Englund, John Saxon and Heather Langenkamp as themselves and their famous fictional characters. Heck even Mr. Craven and Robert Shaye appear onscreen.
It seems the razor gloved one isn’t happy everyone has moved on and left him behind. Though his rapid fan base won’t let him die or divorce the actors from their characters. Freddy has to be number one is their lives again. He found a way to cross over and make them pay.
Heather Langenkamp married an F/X artist Chase Porter (David Newsom) and they had adorable Dylan (Miko Hughes). New Line Cinema wants to produce another film in the franchise. Heather isn’t exactly thrilled but she’ll think about it. Chase and soon others connected to the production end up dead. The common denominators are five very familiar slash marks.
Heather thinks no way. But Dylan’s nightmares about a scary man, a crank caller reciting the nursery rhyme and Robert Englund being twitchy and cryptic before disappearing makes her wonder if the impossible could be true.
John Saxon’s still there when you need him. He’s the voice of reason she needs to hear. She takes his advice and seeks medical help. Guess who’s waiting for her at the hospital. Freddy slices up Julie (Tracy Middendorf) Dylan’s babysitter when she tries to protect him. Heather has to become Nancy one last time. This time she has to kick butt to save her son. And it’s a great smack down.
The good: Loved excerpts of the original movie, nursery rhyme and Nancy’s house. Robert Englund, John Saxon and Heather Langenkamp are together again. Brain freeze over the idea that Freddy Krueger could be real. There would be no place to hide. Freddy giving people nightmares and stalking them. Heather has become the adult telling her kid stop acting weird and go to sleep.
Wes and Heather live out a scene that’s typed out on his monitor. Did Krueger influence Craven to write the films? So he could enter our consciousness? Is he saving Wes for last? Were the earthquakes Freddy’s attempts to escape wherever he was trapped?
The bad: Anyone still in the room when Freddy’s empty glove comes alive on its own has a death wish. That receptionist NEVER saw A Nightmare on Elm Street? It’s been on tv and cable like a billion times. No-one she knew talked her head off about Freddy or made her sit through a marathon?
The ugly: No more Freddy films with the original stars.
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