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New Nightmare (1994)

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A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather Langenkamp play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

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Wes Craven

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Wes Craven (characters), Wes Craven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Davis ... Freddy's Hand Double (as Jeffrey John Davis)
Heather Langenkamp ... Heather Langenkamp
Miko Hughes ... Dylan
Matt Winston ... Chuck
Rob LaBelle ... Terry
David Newsom ... Chase Porter
Wes Craven ... Wes Craven
Marianne Maddalena ... Marianne Maddalena
Gretchen Oehler Gretchen Oehler ... Script Supervisor
Tracy Middendorf ... Julie
Cully Fredricksen ... Limo Driver
Bodhi Elfman ... TV Studio P.A.
Sam Rubin Sam Rubin ... Sam Rubin
Robert Englund ... Robert Englund / Freddy Krueger
Claudia Haro ... New Line Receptionist
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Storyline

It's nearing the 10th Anniversary of the film 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and one of the stars, Heather Langenkamp is being scared by a voice on a phone, sounding very similar to the film's villain, Freddy Krueger. When Heather's husband is killed in a car accident and is discovered with slash marks on him, Heather starts to wonder something. Especially when she discovers that Wes Craven is writing another 'Nightmare' film. Soon, she realizes that Freddy has now entered the real world, and the only way to defeat him is to become Nancy Thompson once again. Written by Film_Fan

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He's Back, And He's Scarier Than Any Witch! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for explicit horror violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: The Real Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,667,118, 16 October 1994

Gross USA:

$18,090,181
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Line Cinema See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film has no opening titles to blur the illusion of whether it's a film, a documentary, or something else altogether. See more »

Goofs

(at around 46 mins) When Dylan is on the playground about to jump off, in the next scene when he jumps his stunt double is clearly a full grown man it also can be seen when he lands on Heather Langenkamp. See more »

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Heather Langenkamp: I'm hardly a star.
Limo Driver: What, are you kidding? I love your stuff. The first was the best. Where the girlfriend's cut open and dragged across the ceiling. It was awesome. And when all that blood comes ouf your boyfriend's bed? I thought I'd shit. But they never should've killed off Freddy.
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Nice idea... shame about the execution...
7 June 2010 | by ParksSee all my reviews

Long before the critics started wetting themselves at post-modern, self-referential (and self-indulgent) shows like Extras and Arrested Development, Wes Craven beat them to it. His New Nightmare stars Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund playing themselves in a movie within a movie written by Wes Craven playing himself writing the script as it unfolds. How Charlie Kaufman is that?

It is a terrific idea, and has Heather discovering that she, Englund and Craven have accidentally provided an ancient evil with a portal into the real world in the fictional creation of Freddy Krueger. Now that the series of movies has ended, this entity has started invading her dreams as Freddy - and it thinks if it kills "Nancy" it will be unleashed for real.

So that's the good news. The bad news is that once this premise has been laid out for the viewer, it's all downhill from there. Heather Langenkamp's acting hasn't improved with age, Wes Craven spends his time being "mysterious" (i.e. vague and annoying) and it's left to Robert Englund to save the day. Sadly, he's not in the movie as either himself or Freddy nearly enough.

It gets worse. "Real Freddy" looks even more fake and rubbery than the 80's version, if that were possible, plus the main focus of the dreamtime incursions this time is Langenkamp's young son. Now I am against child actors at the best of times, but when this bug-eyed little squirt starts screaming and yelling about Freddy, you'll just want to give him a kick.

The climax to the movie is pretty similar to every other film in the Nightmare series, which is somewhat disappointing. However, this film is almost worth it - almost - for the creepy sequence where Heather realises she's back in Elm Street for real.

Still, New Nightmare is easily the best follow-up of the series, and way more imaginative than any slasher sequel has the right to be.


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