After several successful sequels made by other directors, Wes Craven made a momentous return to the Nightmare on Elm Street films with this unusual meta-movie take on the horror genre. The off-beat premise showcases the return of Heather Langenkamp, playing herself as a happily married actress with a makeup effects artist husband and a son (Miko Hughes). After her husband dies in a bizarre on-set accident and her son starts having nightmares about Freddy Krueger, Heather finds herself the target of a stalker imitating Freddy Kreuger, or – much worse – Kreuger has figured out how to slash his way out of the dream-world of movies and into Heather’s reality. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare gleefully rubs out the line between reality and fantasy. Robert Englund and John Saxon play themselves in the film and New Line Cinema boss Robert Shaye and Craven himself also make appearances. Way ahead of its time, Craven’s genre-deconstructing approach foreshadows his later success with the Scream series. In 1994, New Nightmare received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Picture. Horror fans should note that Miko Hughes made his first star appearance in another family-driven horror film playing Gabe, the ill-fated son in the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Semetery. The child under the bed! He also later became a regular on the TV series Roswell. –wescraven.com
Rising out of the mid-western suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold visions and keeping them on the edge of their seats since the release of his first feature film, The Last House on the Left, which he wrote, directed, and edited in 1972. In the 39 years since that controversial film’s arrival, Craven has demonstrated that he is a filmmaker with heart, guts, humor – and an unbridled imagination expanding into films, television, and literature.
Craven’s career is marked with both creative and commercial milestones that have made his name synonymous with genre building and innovative horror.
Craven reinvented the youth horror genre again in 1984 with the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, a film he wrote and directed. And though he did not direct any of its five sequels, he deconstructed the genre a decade later, writing and directing the audacious Wes… read more
I just want to balance this movie in that although it is by no means bad, I just don't think it's as good as people say it is. The ending sequence is awesome, but that only comes after the majority of the movie revolving around the fact that Freddy is alive and why he is alive, which just doesn't involve that imaginative havoc I expect from a Nightmare on Elm Street movie. Still, a lot of good ideas with this one.