VIDEO: Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

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Follow the Fear Fan on his first journey into the world of meta-horror with Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, starring Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, and other cast and crew members from the Elm Street series playing themselves. Is the presence of Wes Craven (both directing and starring as himself) enough to save the Elm Street series? Is this idea too clever for its own good? Will Freddy succeed in creating the world’s coolest water slide? Tune in and find out!  

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  • Jeff Bradford

    Next is Freddy vs Jason right right?! :D

    • fearfanforever

       Now, now… that would be telling ;)

  • Bouncy X

    this movie was so terribly advertised around my part of the world that i only saw a tv spot once and it was right after i came home from seeing the movie maybe a week or so after it started. i only knew about it thanks to horror magazines. and the few people i know who knew it existed, had no clue it was a Nightmare movie.

    its too bad because it is indeed a great movie. and being a huge Nightmare and New Line fan, it was very cool seeing all the cameos from past actors and the behind the scenes people. and props must go to Robert Englund as i recall reading a few reviews where the writer didnt realize it was him playing Freddy and thought they hired some stuntman due to his new size. lol

    • fearfanforever

       Yeah, that IS pretty cool, but if you take a close look at Freddy’s shoes in this one, you can see that the rubber sole gives him an extra inch or two of height.

  • Gideonit

    Great show as always.  Still hoping for Halloween soon :)

    • fearfanforever

       Don’t worry, I’ll get to it one of these days ;)

  • edharris1178

    I saw this in the theater when it came out.  I’m sort of in the mi9ddle with it.  It’s probably ten minutes longer than it really needs to be but the third act really works quite well.  I actually think it works better as a deconstruction of the genre than the Scream films.

    • fearfanforever

       It’s a lot more subtle, and to listen to Wes Craven, it’s really a film about censorship, and how our fears can affect us if we don’t have horror films to serve as a “safe” way of discussing what frightens us. I wonder if people who watch horror movies are better able to deal with frightening situations? Perhaps there’s a study out there… Food for thought.

  • Zorha

    So, I’ve already commented on how well thought out this review was, so I’ll comment on the meat of it. 

    First off I have to agree that this happens to be one of my favorites in the Freddy mythos. It’s not perfect by any means. Freddy seems too ‘revamped’ for my personal tastes. I personally like what Digital Dunes *Yet still gags at the studio / Damn you Micheal Bay* did with Freddy’s character in the ‘remake’.Still, there is a great nod to the horror staples that made “Nightmare on Elm Street” such a cult classic. First of all the is the practical FX, then there is the characterization (You call on Nosferatu was spot on). The ‘meta-horror’ as you call it is also an interesting spin, and certainly was an early adopter.And finally, I can’t help mention that I’m thrilled you chose the 1978 version of “Body Snatchers”, in which Donald Sutherland gives one of his best performances, ranked up there with the film adaptation of Heinlein’s “The Puppet Masters”.

  • MichaelANovelli

    Man, you used the song from my Last Unicorn review!

    If your next episode has a Genderqueer cow, we’re gonna throw down!

  • Sofie Liv

    I highly enjoyed this movie when I saw it a couple of years ago.
    This really proof to me just having a competent director and let him do his stuff will get you a long way in making movies!

    Body snatchers huh? I like that movie, looking forward to your view on it!

    “They are here! They are every-where! yaargh!”