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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Freddy's Hand Double (as Jeffrey John Davis)
... Heather Langenkamp
... Dylan
... Chuck
... Terry
... Chase Porter
... Wes Craven
... Marianne Maddalena
Gretchen Oehler ... Script Supervisor
... Julie
... Limo Driver
... TV Studio P.A.
Sam Rubin ... Sam Rubin
... Robert Englund / Freddy Krueger
... New Line Receptionist
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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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This time, staying awake won't save you. See more »


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

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14 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: The Real Story  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,667,118, 16 October 1994

Gross USA:

$18,090,181
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At one hour and fifty-two minutes, this is the longest film in the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise. See more »

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After Dylan has fallen off the rocket ship and hugs Heather, he tucks his left arm under her right. But in one shot of her from behind, his left hand is on the back of her head. See more »

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Wes Craven: Are you ready to become Nancy once again?
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Nice idea... shame about the execution...
7 June 2010 | by See 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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