1994; Rated R; 112 Minutes
Heather Langenkamp: Herself
Miko Hughes: Dylan
Matt Winston: Chuck
Rob LaBelle: Terry
David Newson: Chase Porter
Wes Craven: Himself
Robert Shaye: Himself
Robert Englund: Himself/Fred Krueger
John Saxon: Himslef
Produced by Wes Craven,
Marianne Maddalena, Sara Risher, Jay Roewe and Robert Shaye;
Directed and screenwritten by Wes Craven
by DAVID KEYES
Craven's New Nightmare" starts off with a nightmare sequence
depicting the making of an new Freddy Krueger film, and
the moves on to become a creative, intense, and psychologically
tormenting movie about the fears of the audience and movie-makers.
Before you get too confused, at first realize that this
is the (count 'em) seventh film in the ongoing "Nightmare"
series, based on a movie which was, coincidentally, filmed
by the same man who did this one. His name is Wes Craven,
and regardless of what Stephen King might think, he is the
future of the horror genre. I can guarantee it.
most popular movie, "A Nightmare On Elm Street," was a shock-fest
of the most fearsome things in our everyday lives; the things
in dreams and nightmares that spook us, frighten us, and
make us wake up in cold sweat. It was the story of Fred
Krueger, a man who was once, in life, a filthy child murderer,
killed by the same parents of the children he murdered.
In death, he was free to haunt the dreams of the surviving
children in the neighborhood, and through their dreams,
he was able to kill them with the razors on his right hand.
The movie became so popular with cults and horror movie
fanatics that it was followed by five less-than-stellar
latest brings Wes Craven back to the series that made him
famous. As the original "Elm Street" was about the fears
of dreams, "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" is about the fears
of evil forces and supernatural belief. It is a horror movie
with a horror movie constructed inside of it; the people
who made the original nightmare film are back here, playing
themselves, as if their lives are being tormented by the
movie they made nearly ten years ago. Since Krueger was
killed in "Freddy's Dead" just a couple of years earlier,
the people involved in the making of the original "Nightmare"
film begin having the nightmares that we did after seeing
it. Yet, the movie creates an illusion of reality as the
backdrop for the film's characters; an evil spirit had been
generated in the "Nightmare" franchise that, once released
by the death of Krueger in "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare,"
was set free to torture and haunt the nightmares of the
people who made the original film.
a mouthful, and a lot of information to digest. If you don't
quite understand the setup, allow me to make a long story
short (is it too late for that?). The original "Nightmare"
movie scared the heck out of its audiences. With "Wes Craven's
New Nightmare," who's to say that the people who made the
movie can't be scared of it, too?
premise is enough to recommend the movie all on its own.
It stars Heather Langenkamp as herself; that is, the actress
who was made famous in 1984 for playing Nancy, the antagonist
to Fred Krueger. In an early scene, she is called into the
studio by New Line Cinema executive Robert Shaye, and is
then asked to star in a new "Nightmare" movie. Fans are
ecstatic, you see; even though Krueger had been killed off,
they want more of him.
Heather, weary of her current nightmares about Krueger on
the set of another film, almost refuses the project, until
Shaye reveals that he is, too, having those nightmares she
is having. So is John Saxon. So is Wes Craven. So is Robert
Englund. In fact, that's actually why they want to do another
movie in the franchise; Craven has the notion that, with
another "Nightmare" movie, he can lay to rest the spirit
of Krueger that haunts all of their dreams in reality.
even weirder, however, is the fact that, as Craven writes,
his script's events actually happen. Dylan, Heather's boy,
begins having the nightmares, too. Eventually, Heather's
husband falls asleep at the wheel of a truck and is killed
by Krueger's claws. Heck, Heather even gets mysterious phone
calls and messages in the mail.
the events are being written by Craven, we get the impression
that this is, by all means, a real life horror movie. It's
fantasy yet reality. It's a dream yet a sub-concious one.
The characters dream it, yet it's part of their everyday
script is uniquely profound and, as earlier stated, difficult
to discuss in a review. This is a movie that has to be seen
to be believed and understood. It's twisted, disturbing,
and more unique than any movie Wes Craven has ever made.
Sure, his original film is more organized and more effective,
but how long does a series have to run before some new ideas
come along? As "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" reached its
provocative climax, I realized, for the first time, that
life's superstitions and fears are not all that different
from the ones portrayed in movies.
wonder seven is considered the lucky number.
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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