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Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 3

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Veteran horror director Wes Craven was responsible for the hit 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street, which introduced the character of Freddy Krueger. After Craven sold the rights to his character, Krueger became filmdom's top grossing monster, with five sequels by 1991. In this post-modernist horror film, Craven plays himself, a filmmaker working on a script for a movie that seems to be spinning out of control. Also playing himself, as well as playing his customary character Krueger, is Robert


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Aug 21, 2001

Turner Home Entertainment

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (8) | DVD (9)

This one's defeated by the rigid formula.

April 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Englund once again is in bravura form as Freddy, playing as much for nasty laughs as unnerving shocks.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The climactic punch-up fails to match the power of the first film's true ending, but in deconstructing his own bastardised creation, Craven redeems both the series and his own tarnished reputation.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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An ingenious, cathartic exercise in illusion and fear.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An intricately constructed horror film, it not only takes you to hell and back, but thoroughly engages the mind as well as the emotions.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It's witty, smart, funny, entertaining, and you'll still like yourself in the morning for watching it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This is the finale Freddy deserved and Wes Craven delivered.

October 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Wes Craven returns to the series that he started with what is undoubtedly its strongest entry...

October 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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The only really jump-inducing bit is a direct rip-off from the first Nightmare film, when Freddy's slimy tongue pokes out at Langenkamp from a phone receiver.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

It's scary, intelligent and highly recommended.

April 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

Craven never gets heavy with a message, focusing instead on breaking new, scary ground and (presumably) making a decisive finish to the franchise he invented.

April 5, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A fantastic original sequel

February 4, 2008

This film gives us all the terror of the original without any of the sarcasm of the rest of the series. Wes Craven's return is impressive and rivals the original in terms of quality.

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Nothing less than the 8 1/2 of slasher movies.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Decent return of a serious Freddy.

April 8, 2005
7M Pictures

Craven takes us into one of the most bizarro horror setups ever put to film, as he reveals, yeah, those other six films were all just movies, but now it's for real. He's not kidding.

February 17, 2004 Full Review Source:

A smart self-referential horror movie that plays the references for scares, not laughs.

September 12, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

Poor execution of a great concept. Why doesn't Englund ever meet Freddy? Why aren't there more movie refernces? Has Langencamp'

July 14, 2003 | Comment (1)

Wes Craven's ultimate ego trip take on Freddy Krueger. Most interesting than good. Often dull.

April 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Wes Craven's best film. A tour-def-force in filmmaking and a fine tribute to a horror icon

September 17, 2002

Did everything 'Scream' tried to, but did it better!

August 28, 2002
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for Wes Craven's New Nightmare

The idea of mixing fantasy and reality is interesting and creepy, as is most of this efficient film, aiming at the terror that marked the original and leaving out any humor of the many sequels. An adequate conclusion to the hit series.
October 31, 2012

Super Reviewer

Funny, modern twist of Freddy Krueger.

Grade: C+
January 30, 2011

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Greatest idea ever
December 5, 2010
Martin Sahlin

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    1. Julie: What is it?
    2. Dylan: Julie... Behind you...
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (2 years ago)
    1. Freddy Krueger: Ever play skin the cat?
    – Submitted by Jimmy G (2 years ago)
    1. Freddy Krueger: [to Dylan] Come here, my piggy. I've got some gingerbread for you.
    – Submitted by Gavin S (2 years ago)
    1. Junior Nurse with Needle: Ma'am this is a restricted area. Do you have a pass?
    2. Heather Langenkamp: Screw your pass.
    – Submitted by Gavin S (2 years ago)
    1. Dr. Heffner: Get the full anesthetic, stat.
    2. ICU Nurse: We don't have that here, doctor.
    3. Dr. Heffner: No anesthetic, you say? Screw it, then. I'm going in. Little booger's full of something I don't like. [wearing Freddy's claw]
    4. Dr. Heffner: Let's get him open, good and proper. Cut this evil out of him.
    – Submitted by Gavin S (2 years ago)
    1. Heather Langenkamp: Isn't there somebody who can stop him?
    2. Wes Craven: Actually there is a person in the dreams who's sort of gatekeeper, so to speak. Somebody that Freddy has to get by to before he.. comes through the door world. That person's you, Heather.
    3. Heather Langenkamp: It's me? But why me?
    4. Wes Craven: Well, dramatically speaking, it makes perfect sense. You played Nancy after all, you're the first to humiliate him, defeat him.
    5. Heather Langenkamp: But that was NANCY, Wes. It's not me.
    6. Wes Craven: Yeah, but you were the one who gave Nancy the strength. So in order to get out, he's gotta come through you.
    – Submitted by Nick P (2 years ago)
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