24. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

24) Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994). Craven returned for the seventh installment of the A Nightmare on Elm Street series to show us how the Springwood Slasher of the movies is, in fact, very real, and, now that New Line Cinema (circa 1994) isn’t making Freddy movies anymore, there’s nothing to hold him back from entering our world. Heather Langenkamp plays herself, seeing her on-screen life as Nancy from the Nightmare films bleed over into the “real” world. I consider this to be Robert Englund’s best performance as Freddy Krueger / the demon. Very little wisecracking, and a greater stage presence, more in line with the first and third films of the franchise (both of which are absolutely worth your time).

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