Wes Craven is a master of suspense and his truly impressive filmmaking skills gain strength through an intelligent narrative that values character development and big ideas. Also, and perhaps more culturally relevant, New Nightmare is a precursor for Scream and, really, anything meta there onwards.
An utterly lucide and mind-boggling deconstruction of the concept on the perception of fictional reality. New Nightmare provokes that strange deluded line between the physcial world we intuitively experience and the dream landscape we fear and desire . It is one of the more decent chapters of the A Nightmare On Elmstreet series. Its nightmarish dimension and its flamboyant evil monster are an amusing sight to watch.
NEW NIGHTMARE is a great meta-horror movie. I think it's inventive than previous movies in the franchise. It's nice to see the actors/actresses played as themselves. I liked Freddy Krueger's interpretation in this movie. He's more menacing and less-comical. Although, I must admit that NEW NIGHTMARE isn't as fun as the first one. The "earthquake" plot kinda annoying. But relax, NEW NIGHTMARE is still entertaining...
Wes Craven comes back to rejuvenate the franchise three years after the "death" of Freddy! Giving the fans a proper and fitting send off to Freddy. This film is basically tailor made for hardcore Elm Street fans. It some how manages to both pay homage to the series and at the same time completely subvert all expectations. This isn't just a great edition to the Elm Street franchise, it is also an amazing horror film!
A film inside a film, and inside another film (the first nightmare) and inside a manuscript (for these film). Craven create one of the most incredible and thoughtful creations in cinema with an intricate system of mirrors. Since "Into the mouth of madness", I never saw a mise en abyme so hallucinating.
The most ambitious out of sequels is also the dullest. For a movie that is set in a real world where actors play themselves, it takes too much suspension of disbelief for its own sake. The return of Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon with introduction of Wes Craven as Wes Craven and Robert Englund as himself pale in comparison to unimaginative kills and complete lack of fun that this franchise till this point offered.
Surprising postmodern sequel that not only have fun with the franchise but is also a love letter to the fans with great homages to former entries. Wes Craven playing himself as a crazy old demented director is a masterstroke and getting Langenkamp back as she was the heart of the films is fantastic. This will always be the true ending for me and the next one "Freddy vs Jason" happened before this one.