Sunday, May 10, 2015

Film Review: Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

Wes Craven's New Nightmare (Review)
United States/1994
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"It may not be as disturbing as the original, but it's certainly one of the best installment since then."

Star of the Nightmare on Elm Street series, Heather Langenkamp finds herself tormented by vicious nightmares and a man's disturbing phone calls...

Wes Craven's New Nightmare is a metafilm. The story follows Heather and the crew of A Nightmare on Elm Street after the success. Heather is disturbed by violent nightmares and an eerily familiar voice that constantly calls her. Soon, she finds director Wes Craven is writing the script to a new film in the series and he wants Heather to return as Nancy. To her utter dismay, she also finds other cast and crew members seem to be suffering from similar nightmares or deaths similar to her dreams. When her son begins talking about the mean man in his dreams, she's led to believe Freddy Kruger has crossed over into the real world from film. It leads to a great climax and ending.

Wes Craven's New Nightmare is a great horror film. It's also a fantastic tribute to the original film. The film has several recreations of classic scenes — it feels like a wonderful homage. The film has some creepy and tense scenes, as well. As Wes Craven intended, this Freddy Kruger is more menacing than the last few installments in the series. I wouldn't say it's as frightening as the first film, but it's certainly exciting and it has a few bloody surprises up its striped-sleeves. The film also adds a pinch of dark and self-aware humor, which I enjoyed. Furthermore, conceptually, I think the film is smart and witty. There are, however, a few unintentionally humorous scenes due to outdated effects and cliches. The film is also a little long-winded as some scenes tend to drag.

Heather Langenkamp is a great leading lady. Robert Englund is as creepy and energetic as ever. Miko Hughes also does well as Dylan. The film is shot well, I enjoyed the camerawork. The music is also great, especially the end credits track. I loved this film's usage of practical effects, but I'm usually a sucker for them anyway. The computer effects, of course, stick out like a sore thumb — what can you really expect from a horror film over two decades old? Freddy Kruger's new look is good, but I found the original much more frightening — I didn't think the change was necessary. Writer and director Wes Craven crafts a smart, witty, and frightening horror film. There are some issues with filler and the bloated runtime, but it's otherwise a treat for fans of the series.

Overall, Wes Craven's New Nightmare is a great horror film. From its bloody introduction to its fantastical climax, New Nightmare blends witty humor with startling horror to create the ultimate Nightmare on Elm Street homage. It is a tad bit slow and bloated, and it features some outdated scenes, but its good easily outweighs the bad. It may not be as disturbing as the original, but it's certainly one of the best installment since then.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood.

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