Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
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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
Oct 14, 1994 Wide
Aug 21, 2001
Turner Home Entertainment
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Englund once again is in bravura form as Freddy, playing as much for nasty laughs as unnerving shocks.
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.
An intricately constructed horror film, it not only takes you to hell and back, but thoroughly engages the mind as well as the emotions.
It's witty, smart, funny, entertaining, and you'll still like yourself in the morning for watching it.
Wes Craven returns to the series that he started with what is undoubtedly its strongest entry...
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.
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.
A fantastic original sequel
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.
Decent return of a serious Freddy.
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.
A smart self-referential horror movie that plays the references for scares, not laughs.
Poor execution of a great concept. Why doesn't Englund ever meet Freddy? Why aren't there more movie refernces? Has Langencamp'
Wes Craven's ultimate ego trip take on Freddy Krueger. Most interesting than good. Often dull.
Wes Craven's best film. A tour-def-force in filmmaking and a fine tribute to a horror icon
Did everything 'Scream' tried to, but did it better!
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- Julie: What is it?
- Dylan: Julie... Behind you...
- Freddy Krueger: Ever play skin the cat?
- Freddy Krueger: [to Dylan] Come here, my piggy. I've got some gingerbread for you.
- Junior Nurse with Needle: Ma'am this is a restricted area. Do you have a pass?
- Heather Langenkamp: Screw your pass.
- Dr. Heffner: Get the full anesthetic, stat.
- ICU Nurse: We don't have that here, doctor.
- 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]
- Dr. Heffner: Let's get him open, good and proper. Cut this evil out of him.
- Heather Langenkamp: Isn't there somebody who can stop him?
- 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.
- Heather Langenkamp: It's me? But why me?
- Wes Craven: Well, dramatically speaking, it makes perfect sense. You played Nancy after all, you're the first to humiliate him, defeat him.
- Heather Langenkamp: But that was NANCY, Wes. It's not me.
- 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.
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