Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Langenkamp grows up.

Langenkamp grows up…

Like it or not, a top-grossing horror villain will never die. Sometimes when they come back, it’s the same old story. Other times, there’s a twist or two. More often than not, it’s the same old story wrapped up in a gimmick. Unfortunately, I’d have to put Wes Craven’s New Nightmare in the last category.

Heather Langenkamp (the actress who played Nancy from the first and third Nightmare on Elm Street films) isn’t doing much

...and her creepy kid is having those Freddy-type dreams.

…and her creepy kid is having those Freddy-type dreams.

acting these days; she’s settled down with her husband Chase and son Dylan. The days of Freddy are long behind her, except for that pesky stalker who keeps calling her on the phone singing 1, 2, Freddy’s coming for you…

Things get meta when Freddy creeps into Heather’s real dreams and people close to her start dying. Not long after the shit hits the

...Robert Englund becomes an artist...

…Robert Englund becomes an artist…

fan, Heather finds out Wes Craven is “having nightmares again,” and it’s those nightmares that he’s translating onto the page for the next installment of the Nightmare franchise. It’s up to the actress herself to delve into the real world of Freddy and defeat him once and for all.

This movie could have gone really interesting places, but it didn’t. I kept hoping the film would ask interesting questions about

...And Freddy gets a makeover!

…And Freddy gets a makeover!

Heather’s sanity; how an actor’s job of blurring the lines between fantasy and reality can affect their life. Or, maybe better still, we’d find out Heather’s stalker was Craven or Robert Englund, so wrapped up in the character they helped create they want to make it a reality. Alas, ’twas not to be – it just ended up being another slasher film, only slightly different than the rest. What a total bummer! Don’t get me wrong, it’s allright, but despite its claims, it’s nothing special.


1 Response to “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)”

  1. 1 ladyfaceladyface
    May 21, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Sounds like someone needs to write a horror movie about an actor… Do it!

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