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Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Wes Craven

Starring:
Heather Langenkamp/herself
John Saxon/himself
Miko Hughes/Dylan
Robert Englund/himself/Freddy
PLOT-CRUNCH
Wes Craven starts to write a new Elm Street script and what he’s writing seems to be coming true in real life. Heather Langenkamp (Nancy in the Nightmare films) begins to be haunted by the "real" Freddy and it’s not just her he’s after…he also wants her young son.
THE LOWDOWN
After the embarrassing mess Nightmare On Elm Street 6 was, it took Wes Craven to bring back Freddy in a fresh new way. You can’t accuse this film of not being original. It’s shot documentary style almost the whole way and interprets reality…well…in a real way. We get to see the New Line offices, Robert Englund playing himself, Wes Craven at home (great pad man) and John Saxon being a nice guy. I bought it. The film starts fast putting its audience in a shaky environment from the get go: earthquakes, creepy phone call, TV’s that run themselves and spooky dream sequences. The film also has many nods to the original Elm Street. Anybody that remembers the first one will double his/her pleasure upon viewing this film. From the opening sequence to the girl on the ceiling bit, to the "screw your pass" line to the Freddy phone, this flick is a perfect companion piece to the first. We even get to see Rod (Nick Corri) at a funeral…fun stuff….

New Nightmare manages to do something that I thought was impossible: make Freddy scary again. You see Freddy is more than his character here, he represents all the evil in the world, trapped through storytelling. But now that the stories are over, the evil is loose and he’s everywhere. Freddy is bigger and badder, we even get a nod to "Nosferatu" upon his rebirth.

Craven does mess up with the finale that takes place in Freddy’s world. The flick is psychological, touching deep themes most of the way but Craven ends it all with a slam bang, stalk scene that feels a tad clumsy and that would be more appropriate for one of the campy "Nightmare" films. With bad morphing, matte paintings and an incompetent Freddy the finale tarnishes the film. Another negative thing is the acting from Craven and producers. Its weak but it’s quickly forgiven cause they’re not actors.

This flick is a welcomed return to a more psychological Elm Street. The film moves at a steady pace, has a great highway sequences, kool settings (the slide of sheets), a nod to Exorcist (puke), lots of imagination and a few good scares. Too bad Craven had to go the clown way to cap it off. Welcome back Freddy!
GORE
Some nasty stuff: The attack of the killer glove is pretty bloody, plus the ceiling girl is just fun times.
ACTING
Heather Langenkamp gives an almost perfect performance, I was in her corner the whole way. John Saxon also plays himself and damn he must be a great man. I have an affinity for Saxon, I don’t why but I’d love to have a beer with the guy. Miko Hughes (Dylan) does well half the times but sometimes in the more "weird" moments it felt like he was acting. Tracy Middendorf (Julie) is very likeable and cute too. David Newsom (Chase) does a fine job, he comes across as a regular Joe with great hair and that’s what he was supposed to be. Robert Englund (Himself/Freddy) does great with all of it, although I would have liked to have seen more of Robert throughout the film. Maybe have Freddy kill him, that would have been kool.
T & A
Nathing.
DIRECTING
The beginning is pretty intense, Craven doesn’t let up: jolt after jolt after jolt. Everything is filmed very simply and he manages to paint many chilling pictures. I loved Freddy coming out of the bed or the cloud Freddy. Freddy is everywhere in this film.
SOUNDTRACK
A score that lies dormant only to hit you hard when you don’t expect it.
BOTTOM LINE
It’s nice to see Langenkamp and Saxon again. They helped make the first one special and they’re scenes together shine. This flick is almost like a celebration of the first one. I really liked the original so it’s hard for me to dislike this one. It’s scary and almost accomplishes all it sets out to do. If only that silly ending was never filmed…if only…
BULL'S EYE
All of the earthquake sequences in the film were actually filmed one month prior to the Los Angeles quake of '94. The real quake struck only 2 weeks before the end of filming. Subsequently, a unit was sent out to film drive-by footage of actual quake damaged areas of the city before the end of filming. The cast and crew believed that the earthquake scenes that were filmed before the real quake struck were perhaps a bit overdone, but when viewed after the real quake hit, all were frightened by the realism of it.

The "bio-engineered" hand/glove that Freddy uses in this film (as opposed to the glove used in the prior films) is actually derived from the artwork of the theatrical poster and video box covers of A Nightmare On Elm Street.
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3:16PM on 05/02/2010
Damn near as good as the original. The only thing keeping it from being perfect is the choppy ending. Its not terrible, just a little rushed.
Damn near as good as the original. The only thing keeping it from being perfect is the choppy ending. Its not terrible, just a little rushed.
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3:31PM on 03/10/2010

The third best of the "Elm Street" series. Although it is more of a direct sequel to the original.

Written and Director Wes Craven (Scream Trilogy) made one of his best movies with this intelligent, scary, sometimes in-joke, horror/fantasy movie.

Heather Langenkamp and Miko Hughes (Pet Semetary) are good as the mother and son in the movie. The premise is great. Always thinking about this movie, i always thought it would be excellent. If Robert Englund (The Actor) got stalked by Freddy himself! That would have been fun.

Still, Craven knows how to get the goods. It is a little long
Written and Director Wes Craven (Scream Trilogy) made one of his best movies with this intelligent, scary, sometimes in-joke, horror/fantasy movie.

Heather Langenkamp and Miko Hughes (Pet Semetary) are good as the mother and son in the movie. The premise is great. Always thinking about this movie, i always thought it would be excellent. If Robert Englund (The Actor) got stalked by Freddy himself! That would have been fun.

Still, Craven knows how to get the goods. It is a little long towards the end and it has some good moments of black comedy. Good music score by J. Peter Robinson (The Bank Job, The Believers, Wanye`s World).
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12:49PM on 09/01/2009
Love this one! My fav of the sequels along with FvJ if that counts. In the commentary ,Craven mentions he ran into Johnny Depp later and Depp asked him why he didn't ask him to be in it during the funeral scene because he would have loved to do it! Craven thought he was too big to want to do it, then he was like "If only I had known."lol.
Love this one! My fav of the sequels along with FvJ if that counts. In the commentary ,Craven mentions he ran into Johnny Depp later and Depp asked him why he didn't ask him to be in it during the funeral scene because he would have loved to do it! Craven thought he was too big to want to do it, then he was like "If only I had known."lol.
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7:28PM on 07/27/2009
I like this movie a lot, but your statement that it was shot "documentary style" confuses me. Maybe I should watch it again since I haven't seen it in a couple of years, but I didn't get that sense at all.
I like this movie a lot, but your statement that it was shot "documentary style" confuses me. Maybe I should watch it again since I haven't seen it in a couple of years, but I didn't get that sense at all.
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1:17AM on 10/14/2008

It really Isnt all THAT...

I mean its dark but it DDDRRRAAAGGGSSS and not in a good way. NOT ENOUGH gore, NOT ENOUGH freddy frights, coulda been an EASY PG-13. Just NOT fun, NOT scary and a cop-out climax.
I mean its dark but it DDDRRRAAAGGGSSS and not in a good way. NOT ENOUGH gore, NOT ENOUGH freddy frights, coulda been an EASY PG-13. Just NOT fun, NOT scary and a cop-out climax.
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2:09AM on 10/08/2008
Maybe it's just me but I wasn't all that impressed with this one! I mean sure, it gave homage to the original but Freddy really wasn't all that scary here and his make-up wasn't near as creepy as it was in parts 2-4....plot-wise, it has improved but other than that it was just ok.....that ending was ridiculously stupid as well....wish he was as scary as he was in the original too
Maybe it's just me but I wasn't all that impressed with this one! I mean sure, it gave homage to the original but Freddy really wasn't all that scary here and his make-up wasn't near as creepy as it was in parts 2-4....plot-wise, it has improved but other than that it was just ok.....that ending was ridiculously stupid as well....wish he was as scary as he was in the original too
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6:56AM on 05/22/2007

Welcome back Freddy!

After seeing all of the Nightmare sequels for the first time recently i basicaly hated them all apart from the second one, i hated the crappy "comedy" disney parts especially as i love the first film so much! But after seeing this last night for the first time.. May i be the second (arrow said it above first.. damn!) to say "Welcome back Freddy!!" this film is awesome and has such an unnerving feel to it.. and that kid.. what a freaky little shit he was!!
I agree with Arrow on the ending
After seeing all of the Nightmare sequels for the first time recently i basicaly hated them all apart from the second one, i hated the crappy "comedy" disney parts especially as i love the first film so much! But after seeing this last night for the first time.. May i be the second (arrow said it above first.. damn!) to say "Welcome back Freddy!!" this film is awesome and has such an unnerving feel to it.. and that kid.. what a freaky little shit he was!!
I agree with Arrow on the ending though that was a bit stupid but i dont think it was anywhere near enough to ruin the film i have been waiting years an years through parts 3,4,5 & 6 to see!
Jolly good show Mr Craven sir! We salute you!
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8:19PM on 10/02/2006

the best sequel

This is the best sequel in the series right here. It's one of the more original horror films in recent years, and it brought Freddy back to his roots. This ain't Freddy the clown, this is the evil Freddy we knew in the original, and I love Craven for making him scary again. I LOVED the trenchcoat by the way.
This is the best sequel in the series right here. It's one of the more original horror films in recent years, and it brought Freddy back to his roots. This ain't Freddy the clown, this is the evil Freddy we knew in the original, and I love Craven for making him scary again. I LOVED the trenchcoat by the way.
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