Wes Craven's New Nightmare

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Overview

Veteran horror director Wes Craven was responsible for the hit 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street, which introduced the character of Freddy Krueger. After Craven sold the rights to his character, Krueger became filmdom's top grossing monster, with five sequels by 1991. In this post-modernist horror film, Craven plays himself, a filmmaker working on a script for a movie that seems to be spinning out of control. Also playing himself, as well as playing his customary character Krueger, is Robert Englund. The ...
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Overview

Veteran horror director Wes Craven was responsible for the hit 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street, which introduced the character of Freddy Krueger. After Craven sold the rights to his character, Krueger became filmdom's top grossing monster, with five sequels by 1991. In this post-modernist horror film, Craven plays himself, a filmmaker working on a script for a movie that seems to be spinning out of control. Also playing himself, as well as playing his customary character Krueger, is Robert Englund. The original teenage hero of the first Nightmare film, Heather Langenkamp, also plays herself. She is still haunted by Freddy dreams, but Craven convinces her to make another Krueger film to exorcise her demons. Unfortunately, her son Dylan Miko Hughes is being taken over by Freddy himself, who materializes and kills Dylan's beloved nanny, Julie Tracy Middendorf. Dylan, possessed by the evil spirit, escapes from the hospital and tries to cross a freeway with his mother in pursuit. Craven finds that his character has literally become a creation out of his control. ~ Michael Betzold
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Perhaps the most effectively frightening entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, with the noted exception of the original, Wes Craven's postmodern New Nightmare re-imagines the child-murdering Freddy Krueger as the pure embodiment of ancient evil instead of the wisecracking menace that audiences had come to expect at this point. In this respect, Craven's bid to reclaim Krueger as a truly inspired villain pays off, providing the character with a fresh sense of unpredictability that had previously waned as the series became more formulaic. Audiences content to sit back and giggle as Krueger spouted one-liners and did in teens by the handful were given a hefty dose of reinterpretation in this supposedly final installment of the series. It's difficult to fear something that has become so engrained in pop culture it has become a ubiquitous parody of itself, but inject an external and unfamiliar threat into that same omnipresent vessel and all bets are off. This is the refreshingly original manner with which Craven tapped into the universal fear of the unknown with New Nightmare. Approached from an unfamiliar angle, audiences' sense of safety and comfort are stripped away, leaving them mentally unprepared for whatever terror may lie ahead -- a real terror from which, as in the original, there is no logical and proven escape. New Nightmare may not prove quite as effective as Craven's earlier efforts, but it certainly set the stage for his massive success with Scream (yet another franchise whose effectiveness would dull with overexposure) two short years later, and re-established him as a pioneer of inventive horror-fantasy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/1995
  • UPC: 794043401930
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Englund Freddy Krueger, Freddy Krueger/Robert Englund, Robert Englund
Heather Langenkamp Herself
Miko Hughes Dylan
David Newsom Chase Porter
Tracy Middendorf Julie
Fran Bennett Dr. Heffner
John Saxon Himself
Wes Craven Himself
Robert Shaye Himself
Sara Risher Herself
Marianne Maddalena Herself
W. Earl Brown Morgue Attendant
Nick Corri Himself
Jessica Craven Junior Nurse with Needle
Bodhi Elfman TV Studio P.A
Cully Fredricksen Limo Driver
Ray Glanzmann Highway Patrolman
Tuesday Knight Herself
Rob La Belle Terry
Tamara Mark Patrice Englund
Beans Morocco Graveyard Worker
Gretchen Oehler Script Supervisor
Cynthia Savage ICU Nurse
Lin Shaye Nurse with Pills
Technical Credits
Wes Craven Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Stephen Alesch Set Decoration/Design
Cynthia Kay Charette Production Designer
Mary Jane Fort Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Irwin Cinematographer
Patrick Lussier Editor
Marianne Maddalena Producer
Nick Mastandrea Asst. Director
Diane Mckinnon Art Director
David Brian Miller Makeup
Sara Risher Producer
J. Peter Robinson Score Composer
Jay Roewe Co-producer
Robert Shaye Executive Producer
Troy Sizemore Art Director
Jim Steube Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Zuckerbrod Casting
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    You could see this as either a stand alone or sequel in the Nightmare series.

    When I first saw this on TV, it was scary and creepy. The scene I remembered the most was the hospital scene with Julie and Dylan. In all honesty I like this better than the original Nightmare, since well I saw this first. This one is interesting because it's a movie within a movie. You have Heather who played Nancy in the first film who notices something's going on with her son and that it may have to do with the character of Freddy, only he seems different this time. This was a pretty good movie with scenes that remind you of the first movie. I like the new look of Freddy. He looks creepy and the make up's better. Prefer the glove from the original. The claw here seemed out of place I guess, looks cool though. Robert's great as Freddy in this and in the original and I'll admit has his moments in the sequels. The first half starts off slow but the rest of the movie gets better. So if you like the original and maybe the sequels then you'll like this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Welcome to My Nightmare

    Wes Craven's New Nightmare is by far my most favorite 'Nightmare' movie by far. What I liked about 'New Nightmare' was that the movie runs on tons of suspense and not on blood and gore, although there is enough guts to get your craving. Most of all no sex, I am no prude, but I am really tired of that horror movie steriotype that if you have sex in a horror movie you die, like the Friday the 13th movies or something, if Jason would just get laid he would probably stop killing people. Back to 'New Nightmare' Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund return to "reprise" themselves and their original 'Nightmare' roles and play them out with more maturity than when they first came out in 1984. Plus this is the best part! Freddy is no longer a horrible standup comdedian when he kills people, no more puns only for "Have you ever played skin the cat?" and only one pun is an accomplishment for Freddy Krueger. Well that is pretty much it for 'New Nightmare'. I think that it is by far the best 'Nightmare' yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wes Craven's New Nightmare

    This is movie was good that you would watch it again and again. Freddy looks better and 'grown up' with his newest costume and the claw looks better than ever. Some parts from the orginal movie were in this one like how he would slowly rise from inside the mattress his head pulling up the sheet where he looked like a ghost. That part scared a little. Entertaining movie with some of the regular cast who had done the orignal Nightmare movie back in the 80s

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YOU WON'T SLEEP AT NIGHT!!!

    The Boogeyman Freddy Kruger comes to life and killing everyone on the set of his new movie.Includes his biggest enemy...Nancy.The best nightmare movie since the 1st one.I have a good tip for you...don't watch this at night.It's rated R for a reason.I'm not saying this because I'm a BIG Freddy fan.My brother lovvves being scared,but this time he passed the line.That night we watched Wes Cravens New Nightmare,I woke up to find him in the corner of the room with a flashlight.This isnt a movie you sleep through,I mean you really won't want to!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    WILL SCARE THE DAYLIGHTS OUT OF YOU!!!

    Writer-director Wes Craven(Scream series)returns to the darkest shadows of Elm Street with the most twisted film in ages! Heather Lagenkamp(Herself)played Nancy in Nightmare part 1 and 3,but she really does have Freddy Nightmares,after her husband dies,her little boy(Miko Huges)might be in deep FREDDY DANGER.Can'tell anymore spoils it.Features Heather Lagenkamp,Robert Englund,John Saxon,Miko Huges and David Newson.A must see for horror and freddy fans. 1,2 Freddy's coming for you!

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