Wes Craven’s New Nightmare movie review

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This shot seems to pay homage to Nosferatu.

Wes Craven is a dude who thought outside the box; that’s how we got A Nightmare on Elm Street in the first place.  He started pitching a form of Wes Craven’s New Nightmare as early as part 3 (rather than do Dream Warriors) because it was already getting stale for him.  This movie was so ahead of its time, the audience didn’t know what to make of it, but with hindsight comes clarity. 

Finally, the scary is back in Freddy!  After the increasing camp that got way out of hand in Dream Child and Freddy’s Dead, the tension returns with a vengeance. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare has a creepy kid, weird (yet fascinating) imagery and most importantly, a good story.  It’s not perfect (as there is one bit I am confused about: highlight for spoiler->What does Freddy gain by killing Heather/Nancy?  He killed her husband, the nanny and those two guys (Off screen?!?) and is causing earthquakes, so it seems like he can already traverse the physical plain, so I don’t understand how Heather/Nancy serves as a gatekeeper. Freddy is already through the gate!<-highlight for spoiler), but the movie flows so well, it hardly matters.

If you watch the series in order, you’ll really appreciate how this flick helps the franchise  return to form… and then vanish, but that’s besides the point. Unlike so many that came before it, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is a worthy successor to the original and may even convert non-genre fans.


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