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Wes Craven's New Nightmare

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Wes Craven's New Nightmare (DVD)

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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Writer-director Wes Craven (Scream 1, 2 and 3) returns to the darkest shadows of Elm Street with "the cleverest, wittiest, most twisted scarefest in ages!" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).

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?


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  • DVD-ROM: Screenplay, Trivia game

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  • Actors: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Miko Hughes, David Newsom, Tracy Middendorf
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Writers: Wes Craven
  • Producers: Wes Craven, Marianne Maddalena, Robert Shaye
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780630904
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,431 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" on IMDb

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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2004
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Freddy was always Wes Craven's baby. The Elm Street sequels, without the creator's active involvement, veered increasingly farther away from his original vision, and Freddy Krueger as we knew and loved him did die in the sixth film. Evil never truly dies, though, a fact made clear by this remarkable, visionary film. Only the most ingenious of scripts could bring Freddy back to us in an acceptable way, and Wes Craven was the only man who could do it. Hearkening all the way back to the fairy tales of old, we learn that Freddy was only one incarnation of what could be called the ultimate evil. Stories, so long as they are told, have the power to contain the forces of evil; when Freddy was killed and the Nightmare series ended, that evil was freed from its bonds and thus given the opportunity to cross over to reality. The whole idea behind Wes Craven's New Nightmare is simply brilliant and ingenious, and it works fabulously on more levels than I will have space enough to expound upon here.
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.
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Like most 1970s/1980s horror franchises, the Nightmare on Elm Street series was run into the ground by increasingly comical, inferior sequels that slowly robbed Freddy Krueger of his menace.

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.
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Apart from "Freddy v. Jason" this is the only good sequel to the Freddy Krueger movies, although I use the term "sequel" lightly because it's so different from the other Freddy movies. Instead of a traditional sequel, the actors play themselves as the "real" Freddy Krueger, a dream demon come to life, hunts them in their dreams. I won't spoil the rest, but unlike the other sequels, this one is good and has some really scary moments. Enjoy!
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Hey, I liked this movie a lot...in fact I saw it before it went into wide release at the Toronto Film Festival and Wes got a standing ovation. It's probably better than the original.

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.
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This probably isn't the best Freddy film to watch if it's your first time watching one. But I needed to see one, to get the gist, as I'm going to see the new `Freddy Vs Jason' movie in a couple of days. I've seen some Jason/Friday 13th movies, and I know the basic storyline behind the Freddy films, but I thought it would be best to see one. I probably should have watched one of the first ones, right?
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!
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