Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wes Craven's New Nightmare Movie Review

Wes Craven's New Nightmare is a 1994 horror movie written and directed by Wes Craven. It is the seventh movie in the franchise. It stars Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Wes Craven, John SaxonDavid Newsom and Miko Hughes.

The movie begins with Heather(who plays herself) having nightmares about Freddy Krueger. Her husband, Chase(Newsom) is going away for a few days. She finds her son, Dylan(Hughes) watching a Nightmare on Elm Street and she is not happy. Her friend, Julie comes to look after her son while she is going to have an interview with Robert Englund. She gets a call from New Line Cinema. They want to meet her. They want to bring Freddy back and Wes Craven is going to direct it. She will be the star of the movie. Heather arrives home to find Dylan having a nightmare. She calls Chase and tells him to come home as she is worried about her son. Dylan uses his toy dinosaur as a guard to keep Freddy away from him.

Heather has a nightmare about Chase dying. The cops call to her and tell her her husband has died. She sees his body. There are marks on him as if from claws. At the funeral, she has a vision of Freddy. She discovers that her son knows all about Freddy Krueger. She called Englund to tell her about her son and her visions of Freddy. He is painting pictures of Freddy. It is all getting weird. She finds her son having a fit and brings him to hospital for tests. She visits Wes Craven and he tells her that Freddy is an ancient spirit. He had been held captive in the movies but now he seems to be free after the last movie. He wants to cross over into our world. He tells her that she is the only one who can defeat him. They need to make another movie to get rid of him.

Freddy is coming for her. He is more evil than he was. Dylan hasn't been sleeping and Julie is with him at the hospital. She is trying to stop him from falling asleep because of Freddy. Freddy comes for her and he kills her. Dylan disappears. Heather calls John Saxon for help. She sees her son sleepwalking out of the hospital and Freddy is with him. John turns into his character from the movie.
Heather has to become Nancy once gain to save her son. She finds herself back on Elm Street. She finds sleeping pills and she takes them. She enters Freddy's world. She fights him for her son. She and her son manage to push him into an oven and turn on the heat and destroy him once and for all. Heather discovers a movie script and she takes it with her. They escape. When they get home, she looks at the script and there is a note from Wes Craven saying that Freddy is back where he belongs and saying thanks for playing Nancy. The movie ends with Heather telling her son that the script is a story and reading it to him.

This was a really good addition to the series. I liked it a lot. I thought that it was clever and I liked the story. It was fun to see Freddy back again and the darker Freddy was interesting. He seemed less comical and more frightening which I liked. The cast were great and I enjoyed seeing some of those from the original back for this film. This was a more serious affair and it was better than some of the sequels. I guess Craven wanted to veer away from the former movies which could be a bit silly in parts and make a more serious movie with a demonic Freddy. It worked really well, I think and this was very enjoyable. I will give it a 7/10.


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