Naturally, with the recent passing of Wes Craven people have been looking back at his illustrious career and at his greatest hits. At the top of the list stands A Nightmare On Elm Street, which created one of cinemas greatest monsters in the form of burnt-faced Freddy Krueger, and Scream, which was an intelligent meta examination of slasher films.
However, released in 1994, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare deserves to be high on that list as well for both using Craven’s pop culture monster and also using the meta approach of the Scream films, two years before Craven directed the first entry in that franchise.
In the film, New Line Cinema’s head honcho Bob Shaye plays himself as he brings Craven back to the franchise and courts series-favorite Heather Langenkamp to star in a brand new Nightmare film – despite the fact that her character Nancy died in 1987’s A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and Freddy Krueger himself bit it, seemingly for good, in 1991’s aptly titled Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. But as the lines between reality and fiction blur, it becomes clear that what Craven is writing is the movie the audience is watching, a meta-mind melt in which Langenkamp stars as both herself and Nancy, the original Nightmare On Elm Street final girl.
The beauty of New Nightmare is how well Craven handles the self-reflective plot, giving the movie-within-a-movie premise its much-needed scares by minimizing Krueger’s funny one-liners used so overindulgently in the previous Nightmare sequels. As already mentioned, Craven would later expand on the meta-horror he dabbled in here to make one of the biggest horror hits of all time a few years later.
With that, one of our favorite YouTubers, Oliver Harper, has released yet another epic retrospective, this time looking back at this fan-favorite WC flick. Check out some insightful commentary, little known facts, behind-the-scenes footage and other things any Nightmare fan should enjoy immensely.
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[via Oliver Harper]