Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

WES CRAVEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1994.  New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by Wes Craven, based on his characters.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by . Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Independent Spirit Awards 1994.  Toronto International Film Festival 1994.  

Ten years after Wes Craven’s original hit became a staple franchise of the genre,  enjoys a healthy life as a somewhat popular actress living in California with her husband and son. She’s also being plagued by nightmares having to do with the character of Freddy Krueger, but when she runs into actor , all seems to be perfectly normal, so why is she having bad dreams and why is her son starting to behave in an odd manner? This meta-narrative fancy has Langenkamp looking up former colleagues (including Craven himself) and asking if they are also experiencing weird events, as tragedies begin to mount up in her life and the terrifying visions she has in her sleep spill over into reality. Craven, disappointed in a great number of the sequels that followed his blockbuster, does a terrific job of skewering the nightmarish process of Hollywood while at the same time delivering ghoulish delights to his audience hungry for more of Krueger’s disgusting mischief. Funny, entertaining and frequently shocking even if it isn’t wholly terrifying, this intelligent reaction to the popularity of the genre covers all of its bases without ever biting the clawed hand that feeds it, plus has some nifty scenes of special effects and a handful of effective performances.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s