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Synopsis: A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

Reaction: A step up from the previous Nightmare films, because this is much more than "how else can we kill someone in a wacky way?" There's a real story idea here. Not quite as good or iconic as the original, but still enjoyable. Still not my type of movie, but I recognize the craft.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Wes Craven => Director / Writer / Wes Craven
J. Peter Robinson => Composer
Amanda Wyss => Christina 'Tina' Grey  (uncredited) (archive footage)
Bodhi Elfman => TV Studio P.A.
Cindy Guidry => Kim at New Line
David Newsom => Chase Porter
Fran Bennett => Dr. Heffner
Heather Langenkamp => Heather Langenkamp
Jeff Davis => Freddy's Hand Double (as Jeffrey John Davis)
John Saxon => John Saxon
Jsu Garcia => Nick Corri (as Nick Corri)
Kenneth Zanchi => Minister
Marianne Maddalena => Marianne Maddalena
Matt Winston => Chuck
Miko Hughes => Dylan
Rob LaBelle => Terry
Robert Englund => Robert Englund
Robert Shaye => Robert Shaye
Sam Rubin => Sam Rubin
Sara Risher => Sara Risher
Tamara Mark => Patrice Englund
Tina Vail => Nurse Abbott
Tracy Middendorf => Julie

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Heather is asked if she has a pass to which she replies, "Screw your pass." This is taken directly from A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • The events in this film revolve around Heather Langenkamp having a stalker. In real life she did have a stalker, and Wes Craven got her permission to weave it into the story.
  • All of the earthquake sequences in the film were actually filmed one month prior to the Los Angeles quake of '94. The real quake struck only 2 weeks before the end of filming. Subsequently, a unit was sent out to film drive-by footage of actual quake damaged areas of the city before the end of filming. The cast and crew believed that the earthquake scenes that were filmed before the real quake struck were perhaps a bit overdone, but when viewed after the real quake hit, all were frightened by the realism of it.
  • The clothes worn by Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon towards the end of the film are the exact same clothes they wore in A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • The "bio-engineered" hand/glove that Freddy uses in this film (as opposed to the glove used in the prior films) is actually derived from the artwork of the theatrical poster and video box covers of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • Tracy Middendorf's death scene was shot in a rotating room.
  • Director Wes Craven had intended to ask Johnny Depp to make an appearance as himself in the funeral scene. Craven never worked up the courage to ask him, but after the film's release, they ran into each other. Craven asked Depp if he would have made an appearance in the movie and Depp said that he would have, and that Craven should have asked him.
  • In this film, Freddy is depicted much closer to what Wes Craven had originally intended for the character - much more menacing, much less comical, with an updated attire and appearance.
  • There was a scene in the script that depicted a Robert Englund Freddy nightmare. The nightmare had Robert stuck in a spider-like web and the new "DEMON" Freddy was a giant spider. This was dropped because it didn't fit with the film's overall tone.
  • In the ending credits, Freddy Krueger is credited as himself, even though Robert Englund reprises the role.
  • The first time Miko Hughes saw Robert Englund in full Freddy make-up, he was so frightened he ran into his mother's arms.
  • Before making New Nightmare, Wes Craven watched all of the Elm Street films. By the time he was finished, he claimed that he could not follow the storyline at all. He further regards the sequels to be weak compared to his original masterpiece.
  • The basic premise of the film - Freddy invading the real world and haunting the actors and crew responsible for the "Nightmare on Elm Street" films - was originally intended to be used for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, but the idea was rejected by the studio at the time.
  • The film has no opening titles to blur the illusion of whether it's a film, a documentary or something else altogether.