Seven entries deep into the franchise, “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” not only brought Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) back for more murderous antics but also gave the dream demon a greater degree of autonomy.
In this 1994 sequel to Craven’s 1984 original, Freddy is a more menacing antagonist, with the bladed glove reaching beyond Elm Street and the screen itself winking at jaded audiences who, by 1994, are genre experts.
“New Nightmare” recognizes the movies and Freddy as a character; Heather Langenkamp and Craven play themselves, acknowledging their success in the films that made them famous.
In a new screenplay, Craven tries to resurrect Freddy, but you cannot bring back Freddy without consulting the man under the burn prosthetics. Englund plays himself in “New Nightmare,” hesitant to wear the striped sweater again for fear of being typecast. Englund explained the sudden disappearance of the advertisement as a budgetary constraint:
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All dreams depicted in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies have a high interpretive value. While Freddy stalks them, the children in “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” are empowered when they sleep.
In his sleep, Will Stanton, bound by a wheelchair during waking hours, gains wizard-like abilities, making him a tougher target for Freddy. “The Dream Child” involves Freddy force-feeding a model at dinner and throttling her after she falls asleep.
Despite some time being dedicated to Englund’s unease about Freddy (Craven shows a bleak painting of Englund’s covered in angry screaming mouths), the unfilmed sequence emphasizes the actor’s career anxieties. Those who are typecast can become enslaved to a particular genre or niche throughout their lives. Just ask Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi.
If you’re lamenting the spider scene that never occurred, you can still get your creepy-crawly fix with “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.” Enjoy and recoil at the amazing practical effects, including Debbie Stevens (Brooke Theiss) getting the Freddy treatment.
As she lifts weights, her limbs deteriorate and shed, revealing cockroach arms, causing her to flee into a giant roach motel, which Kruger squishes with delight. There are a thousand ways to die in the franchise, but hers is the most gruesome because bugs are universally disgusting.
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