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Wes Craven's New Nightmare1994

Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)



Critic Consensus: Wes Craven's New Nightmare adds an unexpectedly satisfying - not to mention intelligent - meta layer to a horror franchise that had long since lost its way.

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Freddy Krueger is back from the grave in another thriller from famed horror director Wes Craven. This film differs from other films in the Nightmare on Elm Street series in that the movie pokes fun at the earlier episodes and at Wes Craven himself. The film, while technologically advanced, is not as gory as earlier films. It is also interesting that most of the actors portray themselves. Freddy was supposed to have died in the last film, Freddy's Dead -- The Final Nightmare. But while the character's body died, the evil that drives him did not and so returns in Freddy's form to haunt Craven into producing another film. Unfortunately the lead actress of all the previous films, Heather Langenkamp, refuses to do another "Freddy" film. Freddy then comes after her, first killing her husband, and then taking grisly aim upon her son Dylan (portrayed by a different actor).

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Robert Englund
as Robert Englund
Heather Langenkamp
as Heather Langenkamp
David Newsom
as Chase Porter
Jeffrey John Davis
as Freddy's Hand Double
Wes Craven
as Wes Craven
Gretchen Oehler
as Script Supervisor
Cully Fredrickson
as Limo Driver
Bodhi Elfman
as TV Studio PA
Sam Rubin
as Himself
Claudia Haro
as New Line Receptionist
Sara Risher
as Herself
Cully Fredricksen
as Limo Driver
Robert Shaye
as Himself
Cindy Guidry
as Kim at New Line
Ray Glanzmann
as Highway Patrolman
Yonda Davis
as Highway Patrolwoman
W. Earl Brown
as Morgue Attendant
Nick Corri
as Himself
Beans Morocco
as Graveyard Worker
John Saxon
as Himself
Tamara Mark
as Patrice Englund
Fran Bennett
as Dr. Christine Heffner
Lin Shaye
as Nurse with Pills
Diane Nadeau
as Counter Nurse
as 1st ICU Nurse
Lou Thornton
as 2nd ICU Nurse
Cynthia Savage
as 3rd ICU Nurse
Jessica Craven
as Junior Nurse with Needle
Sandra Ellis Lafferty
as Senior Nurse with Needle
Thomas G. Burt
as Security Officer
Tina Vail
as Nurse Abbott
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Critic Reviews for Wes Craven's New Nightmare

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (11)

This one's defeated by the rigid formula.

April 5, 2010 | Full Review…

Englund once again is in bravura form as Freddy, playing as much for nasty laughs as unnerving shocks.

March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

An ingenious, cathartic exercise in illusion and fear.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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…
Top Critic

I haven't been exactly a fan of the Nightmare series, but I found this movie, with its unsettling questions about the effect of horror on those who create it, strangely intriguing.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wes Craven's New Nightmare

I bought a box set of 7 of these movies and have been slowly watching them. Got to admit, it's been longer and longer between movies as the quality of the sequels deteriorates. I think it's been well over six months since the last one. Finally tonight decided to take out the last of the movies as I felt like watching a horror. I actually would have watched this a lot sooner if I had known it would actually be good! Nancy is once again the main character. She is now an actress with a young son. Suddenly she is receiving threatening phone calls and she and her son are having nightmares. It seems the presumed dead Freddy is back! Very decent addition to this franchise. Nancy is a good character and it's fun to see Robert England play himself as well as Freddy. It is more revolting than scary, but some of it actually does manage to be creepy. I liked how they linked it to Hansel and Gretel too.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A bizarre, delicious challenge to the slasher formula that, though not entirely successful, offers something truly new to the genre. More later

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

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