Wes Craven's New Nightmare
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Ten years after writer and director Wes Craven brought his personal nightmares to the movie screen as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street, the horrifying child killer returns, stepping out of his celluloid world to haunt the life of the actress who first defeated on film in the terrifying Wes Craven's New Nightmare.]]>
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Winner of a Golden Scroll of Outstanding Achievement from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, this spine-tingling tale reunites original Nightmare stars Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon as "reel" Freddy invades the real world with deadly results.
Life imitated art during filming. Soon after shooting an earthquake sequence, the "Northridge Quake" shook Los Angeles. Says Craven, "We were about to have rubble created for the movie, but instead, we were able to just go out and film from the streets." But don't worry, Freddy fans. It's only a movie...or is it?
- DVD-ROM: Screenplay, Trivia game
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Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy in the first and third films, plays herself in Wes Craven's New Nightmare. She is joined by a myriad of cast members and contributors to the original Elm Street film, including John Saxon (who played Nancy's father), Robert Englund (whom everyone knows played Freddy), Wes Craven himself, and a number of the men and women who worked with Wes and New Line Cinema to bring Freddy to life in 1984. Craven is working on a new script that will revive Freddy and pit him against his old nemesis Nancy. The only problem is that fantasy is becoming fact for Heather and her family, and the script begins to mirror real life in a frightening way. Heather begins having horrible dreams of Freddy, and her son Dylan (Miko Hughes) begins suffering from his own nightmares.Read more ›
It took the return of the original movie's creator, Wes Craven, to restore that sense of creeping nightmarish horror to the character and the franchise. However, "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" isn't just the best sequel of the franchise -- its a haunting metafictional experiment that blurs the lines between reality and fantasy, scaring the pants off you even as it curls clever artistic flourishes around its own story. It might as well be subtitled, "Wes Craven's Creativity On Itself."
The story takes place in a fictionalized version of the real world, where the Krueger films have been a hit franchise for many years, and follows actress Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy in the original "Nightmare on Elm Street." She's now a grown woman living in Los Angeles, with a husband and a child named Dylan (Miko Hughes), and is being approached by New Line Cinema to reprise her role as Nancy in a new Nightmare film. All seems well in her life.
... except she's being haunted by nightmares and phone calls about Freddy Krueger, and soon finds that actor Robert Englund (playing himself) and director Wes Craven (playing himself) are also seemingly being haunted by the fictional character. But what really upsets Nancy is that Dylan is now exhibiting bizarre behavior, speaking in odd voices and claiming that his stuffed dinosaur is protecting him from an evil force. Slowly she begins to believe that Freddy is coming to possess her son -- not a wisecracking fictional slasher, but a terrifying primordial force of fear.Read more ›
But I can't understand why any Amazon reviewer would be dumb enough to spoiler the ENTIRE movie in their review. And they don't even warn you! Hey--It's a horror movie. If we wanted to know what happens beforehand, we'd ask ya. The point of a horror movie is to be surprised.
If you're reading these reviews and haven't seen the movie yet, beware! There's a total spoiler post below, and you should skip it if you want to enjoy the film.
This film has shades of `The Exorcist', `Poltergeist', `The Ring' and `Urban Legends 2: The Final Cut'. It has the best bits of all these movies thrown in. Unfortunately, I can't say which bits, cos it might give away the plotline. But you get the idea.
This film gets very confusing, and I found myself with my head in my hands throughout, trying to figure out what was happening. Wes Craven plays himself, as does Robert Englund. And according to the credits, Freddy Krueger plays Freddy Krueger. Right . . .There are quite a few actors who play themselves in this film, which I didn't realise, having not recognised anyone, including the lead actress.
There are quite a few mistakes I noticed in this film; mainly the microphone quite often appears at the top of the screen. Does no one watch these films anymore, in the editing room? Or were they on that tight a budget that they couldn't afford to? It's really noticeable.
It must have been really weird for Wes Craven to be in front of the camera for once. He was a natural too. Although he didn't have a big part, he had a considerably bigger part than in the first Scream movie, where he appeared for a split second (blink & you'll miss him!), as a janitor, wearing a Freddy-esque striped sweater.
The soundtrack to this film is absolutely fantastic!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think it's not only the worst one in the series and I suppose the logical conclusion of having run out of ideas by doing a movie within a movie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adamo
Bought for friend's son and he enjoys watching it over and over againmPublished 4 months ago by Patrick G. Sedillo
A horror movie about a horror movie about a horror movie!!!Published 12 months ago by joel matthew burke
Wes Craven's New Nightmare a.k.a Nightmare On Elm Street 7, is the final installment of the original Nightmare On Elm Street series
Wes Craven's New Nightmare cleverly... Read more
Dvd was still in plastic casing, shipping was fast, but when I put on the movie, it started having glitches about half way. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ariana Mejorado
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