New Nightmare (1994)

Director: Wes Craven

Writer: Wes Craven

Tagline: This time, staying awake won’t save you.

Plot: A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

Cast: Robert Englund – Himself / Freddy Krueger

Heather Langenkamp – Herself / Nancy Thompson

Miko Hughes – Dylan Porter

David Newsom – Chase Porter

Tracy Middendorf – Julie

Review:

I was very interested in seeing New Nightmare because, as you may know, it is the only movie from the series, besides the first one, to be directed by Wes Craven. I was told that it was one of the best sequels in the whole series and that it is almost as scary as the first one. Well, those stories couldn’t be more wrong because New Nightmare came as a horrible disappointment. I, personally, find Wes Craven responsible for screwing it up so badly. This time, Freddy enters real world to haunt the dreams of actress Heath Langenkamp who now has to reprise the role of Nancy that made her popular.

In theory this plot synopsis may work perfectly (actually, I find it to be a good idea) but in practice, mister Craven made a too complex story. It is full of unnecessary scenes, parts that make no sense and plot holes. New Nightmare is, basically, a movie inside a movie, and was made a little too complicated so it can easily confuse the average viewer. Besides that, I think that Wes Craven was under a huge influence of The Shining (1980) when he wrote the script because influences are more than obvious: a disturbed child “apprehending” evil, the child having “episodes”, a similar mother – son relationship. While all those elements work perfectly in a horror classic like The Shining, they are completely useless in a movie from A Nightmare on Elm Street series. I think Craven put this child, Dylan, in the script to gain some dramatic and horror atmosphere (as all horror elements are somehow revolving around him), which turns out to be completely ridiculous. I suppose that the movie would have been much better without his irritating (and useless) character. It’s like Craven used his character just because he wanted to make another movie from Nightmare on Elm Street series, which would break into mainstream. Moreover, New Nightmare is the longest movie from the whole series, it lasts about 2 hours. Because of its “surprising” length it can get very boring from time to time due to the shallow script writing. Freddy’s personality also changed – he became more evil, dark and sinister with a new face and glove that make him look stupid. He still uses his one liners that are trying to sound funny but, in a movie like this, they just seem kinda overused. Number of kills in New Nightmare is really small and they are not original anymore like in previous sequels.

Maybe the only thing I enjoyed in New Nightmare was seeing the cast from the original Nightmare on one place. However, I really wanted Robert Englund to have more cameo time without his mask on but, unfortunately, he wasn’t a really important character. I fear there are no positive things to say about New Nightmare besides that. Al though I think this movie could have been much better I still prefer it over Freddy’s Revenge and Freddy’s Dead.

My Rating: 4/10… New Nightmare had much potential but it turned out to be one of the worst movies from the series.

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One Response to “New Nightmare (1994)”

  1. Very awesome article. Really!

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