HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Fire Will Come
Suspect
Jailbreak Pact
News of the World
Dementer
Beyond Clueless
Stylist, The
Sky is On Fire, The
Wrong Turn
In a Year with 13 Moons
Blush
Strange Affair of Uncle Harry, The
Sinners, The
Tammy and the T-Rex
Archenemy
Zappa
Mindwarp
State Secret
Mogul Mowgli
Owners, The
Twentieth Century, The
Story of Gilbert and Sullivan, The
What Lies Below
Greenland
Broil
Dead Pigs
Willy's Wonderland
It's in the Air
School's Out Forever
Breeder
Stump the Guesser
Sator
Last Warning, The
PVT CHAT
Ascent, The
Clementine
Hurt by Paradise
Saint Maud
Johnny Frenchman
Glitch in the Matrix, A
   
 
Newest Articles
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
Network Double Bills: Some Girls Do and Deadlier Than the Male
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
Living Room Theatre: Play for Today Volume 1 on Blu-ray
Didn't He Do Well: The Bruce Forsyth Show on DVD
   
 
  Wes Craven's New Nightmare No Rest For The Wicked
Year: 1994
Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Miko Hughes, Tracy Middendorf, John Saxon, David Newsom, Wes Craven, Fran Bennett, Robert Shaye
Genre: HorrorBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 3 votes)
Review: Heather Langenkamp (Heather Langenkamp) was the star of two Nightmare on Elm Street movies, but is now reluctant to make a new film in the series because she's being spooked by a succession of strange goings-on. She is the victim of prank phone calls by a Freddy Krueger soundalike, she is suffering Kreuger-related nightmares and her young son is becoming increasingly troubled and prone to fits. Little does she know that director Wes Craven (Wes Craven) has very good reasons for continuing the series...

I have a confession to make: I don't like the Nightmare on Elm Street movies all that much. Even the first one came across as a special effects showcase, so I'm glad to say that I find Wes Craven's return to the franchise - the seventh in the series - to be surprisingly enjoyable. When Scream was a big hit, all the reviews were quick to point out the characters' post modern self-awareness, but Craven had tried this trick before, in New Nightmare.

Judging by the plotting, Craven has mixed feelings about the horror genre: Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund plays him again, as well as himself) has been reduced to a pop culture artefact, appearing on chatshows, cracking bad jokes, and the subject of a lucrative merchandising campaign and uncritical adulation from his fans. But later on, we see Craven's reasons for bringing back Freddy: in presenting fictional horror he renders real life horror easier to cope with. And also to keep a force of evil trapped for ever, and save the lives of potential innocent victims. And making a bit of money, too, one presumes.

The story makes analogies to fairy tales, specifically Hansel and Gretel, as Langenkamp's son is the object of Kreuger's murderous desires. This casts Kreuger an archetypal villain, so he's a made meaner for this installment - less of the jokes and more of the horror. Unfortunately they should have thrown more money at the film, as the effects sequences are not as imaginative as in, say, Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4; in fact, in their attempt to be self-referential, they're more retreads of past highlights.

Having the actors and production crew play themselves is a nice touch, with studio head Robert Shaye appearing in his office filled with Freddy memorabilia (including a Warhol print!), and a scene in Craven's house showing that what we've been watching is the script he's just written on his computer. But the problems with the series affect this one, too, and the dream sequences are never more than an overplayed gimmick. Having said that, New Nightmare is a brave attempt at something original for a tired franchise, and it's clever without being pretentious. Music by J. Peter Robinson.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 7374 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Wes Craven  (1939 - )

Intelligent American director, producer and writer, at his most effective when, perhaps paradoxically, he was at his most thoughtful. Controversial shocker Last House on the Left set him on a path of horror movies, the best of which are The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Serpent and the Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs, New Nightmare and Scream (which revitalised the slasher genre).

Less impressive are Deadly Blessing, Swamp Thing, the ridiculous Hills Have Eyes Part II, Deadly Friend, Shocker, Vampire in Brooklyn, Cursed and the successful Scream sequels (the last of which was his final movie). Music of the Heart was a change of pace for Craven, but not a hit, though aeroplane thriller Red Eye was a successful attempt at something different; My Soul To Take, an attempt at more of the same, flopped. One of the pioneers of the American new wave of horror of the 1970s and 80s, he brought a true edge, wit and imagination to the genre.

 
Review Comments (1)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Enoch Sneed
  Geraint Morgan
   

 

Last Updated: