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Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

May 6, 2010

Director: Wes Craven 
Writer: Wes Craven 
Producer: Marianne Maddalena 
Starring: Heather Langenkamp/Robert Englund/Wes Craven/John Saxon 
Year: 1994
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 114 minutes

Writer-director Wes Craven returns to the darkest shadows of Elm Street with "the cleverest, wittiest, most twisted scarefest in ages!". Winner of a Golden Scroll of Outstanding Achievement from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, this spine-tingling tale reunites original Nightmare stars Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon as "reel" Freddy invades the real world with deadly results. Life imitated art during filming. Soon after shooting an earthquake sequence, the "Northridge Quake" shook Los Angeles. Says Craven, "We were about to have rubble created for the movie, but instead, we were able to just go out and film from the streets." But don’t worry, Freddy fans. It’s only a movie…or is it?

“This time, the terror doesn’t stop at the screen!”

People out there might find Freddy a terrifying idea if he was real but luckily enough, he isn’t real…right? The story is great and I love the fact that the actors from the movie are facing the wrath of Freddy. The characters are fantastic really as they play themselves and the script was brilliantly written as we see each character interact with each other about their nightmares. The character development is almost exactly the same as the first movie, Heather (or Nancy) changes from a scared woman into the only one who can defeat Freddy. Robert Englund plays himself and Freddy Krueger but this time, Freddy turns from dark humour into the truly terrifying character that made the first one so fantastic and I welcomed back that change with open arms. The acting was great and it was nice to see Heather Langenkamp return to the series. The nightmares are very scary and reminded you strongly of the first movie and how it made you feel whilst watching it. The direction was brilliant and the writing is the same quality as the first movie but I think the biggest merits of the movie is Robert Englund as Freddy and the nightmare scenes which were fantastically executed and were just as scary as the first Nightmare.

I love this movie. I love how Freddy is back and I very much prefer the scary Freddy to the wisecracking one. The make-up is very well done and the actors and actresses did brilliantly in making their characters believable. Freddy is truly a brilliant horror villain and probably is one of the best villains known to date. I also think that Wes Craven is a genius for thinking of bringing the classic horror movie to life by bringing Freddy into the real world. I also liked how they had given him a different look too. I enjoyed this movie just as much as the first movie.

I applaud Wes Craven for dreaming this movie up. It’s just inspiring and brilliant and very scary. A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the scariest movies I’ve seen and bringing Freddy into the real world is even scarier. To all people who want to make a horror movie, you could learn a thing or two from this!

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