Wes Craven's New Nightmare
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Veteran horror director Wes Craven was responsible for the hit 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street, which introduced the character of Freddy Krueger. After Craven sold the rights to his character, Krueger became filmdom's top grossing monster, with five sequels by 1991. In this post-modernist horror film, Craven plays himself, a filmmaker working on a script for a movie that seems to be spinning out of control. Also playing himself, as well as playing his customary character Krueger, is Robert Englund. The original teenage hero of the first Nightmare film, Heather Langenkamp, also plays… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"This one's defeated by the rigid formula."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"An ingenious, cathartic exercise in illusion and fear."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"This is the finale Freddy deserved and Wes Craven delivered."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's scary, intelligent and highly recommended."
‑ , Film4
"This film gives us all the terror of the original without any of the sarcasm of the rest of the series. Wes Craven's return is impressive and rivals the original in terms of quality."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Englund once again is in bravura form as Freddy, playing as much for nasty laughs as unnerving shocks."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"An intricately constructed horror film, it not only takes you to hell and back, but thoroughly engages the mind as well as the emotions."
‑ , Globe and Mail
"Wes Craven returns to the series that he started with what is undoubtedly its strongest entry..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Craven never gets heavy with a message, focusing instead on breaking new, scary ground and (presumably) making a decisive finish to the franchise he invented."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Nothing less than the 8 1/2 of slasher movies."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The climactic punch-up fails to match the power of the first film's true ending, but in deconstructing his own bastardised creation, Craven redeems both the series and his own tarnished reputation."
‑ , Time Out
"It's witty, smart, funny, entertaining, and you'll still like yourself in the morning for watching it."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The only really jump-inducing bit is a direct rip-off from the first Nightmare film, when Freddy's slimy tongue pokes out at Langenkamp from a phone receiver."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"A fantastic original sequel"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Decent return of a serious Freddy."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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