New Nightmare (1994) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

New Nightmare (1994)

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  • Release Date:  1994
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  Wes Craven
  • Screenwriter:  Wes Craven
  • Cast & Crew: Jeff Davis, Heather Langenkamp, Miko Hughes, Matt Winston, Rob LaBelle, David Newsom, Wes Craven, Marianne Maddalena, Gretchen Oehler, Tracy Middendorf, Cully Fredricksen, Bodhi Elfman, Sam Rubin, Robert Englund, and Claudia Haro

New Nightmare (1994) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8.5 / 10;
  • Andrew = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 4.5 / 10;
  • Ronan = 4.5 /10;
  • IMDB = 6.5/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.6/10.

New Nightmare (1994) Synopsis:

Freddy is trying to invade the real world by haunting characters who are supposedly playing the Nightmare on Elm Street final sequel, and therefore their own role, in Hollywood.

New Nightmare (1994) Review:

10 years after his original A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven, who didn’t participate in any of the film’s sequels aside from helping with the writing of The Dream Warriors, decided to give life to his creation once last time.

The concept of a “film within a film” is interesting, and surely gives rise to a couple of interesting twists, but I think Wes Craven could have done better with bringing Freddy back to live. To me this sounded like the easy way, a format that other sequels such as Scream 2, Scream 3 (both directed by Craven too) or Chucky 5 have also used.

The film itself is a little insipid. I sure found interesting how the movie re-uses murders from the initial Nightmare, but the all thing lacks novelty. Watching Freddy kill in this sequel is ok, but we are far off from the vicious pleasure it was in the first 4 movies of the franchise. It is, of course, good to see Heather Langenkamp (Nancy) and Robert Englund (as himself) back, but I did not like the new Freddy and his fake looking make-up.

Overall a disappointment, I would happily recommend the great 2010’s remake instead.

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