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.
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.
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.
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!
Excessively repetitive which makes it predictable, Wes Craven's New Nightmare still makes itself interesting with its meta setting that makes Freddy Kreuger's line between reality and fantasy that he crosses much more apparent in this film. But still two stars for the repetition, which makes up for too much of the movie.
'New Nightmare' wants to convince us that it's a clever deconstruction of the impact of horror, but it never synthesises with true horror in the way that 'Scream' does. Should it even be considered an entry in this franchise? It's neither scary or funny, it's the worst of all things - boring. Meta done without subtlety, and I genuinely like the idea of narratives capturing nightmares.
A real attempt to cut a genre open and reassemble the organs. In terms of its "time out of joint" and unfolding dimension it is a precursor to Lynch's Mulholland Drive (another Californian world). The self as other.