Kudos to Wes Craven for finding a way to do something other than squeeze a few more drops of blood out of Freddy and the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise. The original film was great because the premise was so new. “New Nightmare” manages to take that up a notch by actually being “new” all over again.
Heather Langenkamp (playing herself) finds herself haunted by the character that terrorized her on screen so many years ago. Now, the same thing seems to be happening to her son. Robert Englund and Wes Craven are also being haunted by the spirit of Freddy who, it turns out, is an ancient evil whose power was contained all those years ago by the imagination of Wes Craven. Now that the movies are over, that evil is free again and it’s coming through the people who bested it on the silver screen.
“New Nightmare” shatters the fourth wall just as Freddy attempts to shatter the wall of sleep and one can’t help but be dragged into the story. The cold prankster Freddy of the later films is gone, this Freddy is an ancient evil – dark and terrifying – that wants to be free and will kill anyone who stands in his way. this film stands right alongside the original.