A demonic force of evil takes the form of Freddy
Krueger so it can enter our world and wreak havoc.
New Nightmare (1994)
Written and Directed by Wes Craven
Starring Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Miko Hughes,
David Newsom, Tracy Middendorf, Wes Craven, John Saxon
Sequel to 1991's Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
New Nightmare is easily my favorite of the Elm Street series. It features the most terrifying version of Freddy Krueger and one of the most unique stories ever told. Wes Craven's much-needed return to Elm Street erased nearly all memory of the horrible sequels and gave us a solid horror flick about a demonic Freddy who doesn't screw around. The various cameos from Wes Craven and John Saxon provided a nice full-circle finish to the original Elm Street series and gave us a good ending that finalized both the franchise and the character of Freddy Krueger.
After the staggering, colossal failure that was Freddy's Dead, I really thought the franchise was over. Thankfully, I was completely wrong. New Nightmare completely reinvigorates the franchise. The story is very smart and features a lot of meta elements that work out pretty well. The idea that a demonic force was using the idea of Freddy Krueger to get into the real world, which could have turned out horrible, ended creating an enjoyable horror film.
It was nice to see Freddy return to his more creepy side, making him scary once again. The cameos and returning characters from people like Wes Craven and John Saxon was a nice touch. This installment also served as a fitting conclusion to the series and Freddy Krueger. An all around enjoyable film and a solid, final installment in the franchise.