Sunday, July 18, 2010

Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

I don't care what people say...I like this movie.  Sure, it gets a little cheestastic with the "freddy joining us in this world" nonsense, but whatever.  I think it's an interesting story and a solid flick.

New Nightmare focuses on Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy in the original Nightmare on Elm Street.  She now has a husband, Chase, who works in special effects, and a son Dylan (played by creeper extraordinaire, Miko Hughes)  Heather has been struggling lately, due to numerous earthquakes in the LA area, nightmares, and a weirdo stalker who keeps calling and sending her letters)  Things get more complicated when Bob Shaye at New Line Cinema pitches her a new Nightmare movie.  Heather is less than interested, but it turns out that Wes Craven has been working on the script like crazy and is insistent that Heather be the star.

Meanwhile, at home, Heather's son Dylan is acting strangely.   After a tragic accident involving her husband, she reaches out to fellow actors Robert Englund and John Saxon for help.  However, they are currently suffering strange events as well.  Poor Julie (Dylan's babysitter, pictured above) is caught up in all of this, trying to help both Heather and Dylan.

Sure, there was a certain amount of corniness to this flick, but I actually really like it.  Miko Hughes is the superstar of creepy kids and the other actors "play themselves" to perfection.  If you're a Nightmare fan, check it out.  Definitely better than some of the other sequels.

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