Saturday, May 8, 2010

Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

When the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series seemed to be dead, Wes Craven comes back with one of the most original stories in modern horror films.

In "New Nightmare" there is a real life evil that is being held in the "Nightmare" films in the form of Freddy Krueger. Without any new "Nightmare" sequels, Freddy is now loose to set terror on all the actors from the original film. Nearly everyone from the original "Nightmare on Elm Street" are in this film and they play themselves in this picture.

Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy in the first film, is back. Wes Craven wants her to star in a new "Nightmare" sequel, but she wants nothing to do with it. But strange things start to happen to her and her family. They are having nightmares and Freddy is becoming an actual threat.

Even though the story for "New Nightmare" is incredibly original, the film is very boring. It moves very slow and nothing really exciting happens until the final half hour. Besides that, the acting is pretty terrible. Robert Englund, who plays Freddy and himself in "New Nightmare", is put to waste in the picture. There could have been a really neat battle between Robert and Freddy, but all we get is Robert painting a portrait of Freddy, which causes him to freak out and run away.

"Wes Craven's New Nightmare" is a lost opportunity in my opinion. With a better script and better acting performances, it could have easily been the best sequel to date. Unfortunately, what we get is a good climax to a film that lost my interest early on.


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