Did you really think Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare would be the last one? Actually, this isn’t just another shitty sequel meant to cash in on the success of the original. Coming out on the ten-year anniversary of the first movie, this is Wes Craven’s final send off to the series that made him famous. But it isn’t exactly a sequel. It’s actually what you would call a “meta-sequel”. If you don’t know what that is, you obviously aren’t as huge of a nerd as I am. Basically it’s a sequel that doesn’t take place in the same universe as, and usually even makes reference to the existence of the original film. A good example is Human Centipede 2, in which someone watches the original Human Centipede, and is inspired to copy the experiments from the movie. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare centres around Heather Langenkamp, the actress who played Nancy Thompson in the first and third movie. Except in this one she’s playing herself. That’s right, Heather Langenkamp, Wes Craven, and Robert Englund all play themselves, making a seventh Nightmare On Elm Street movie. Sounds weird, right? You don’t know the half of it. As they’re making the movie, Freddy starts to become real. He comes right out of the movie and starts terrorizing Heather and her family. The explanation is that Freddy is actually the embodiment of an ancient demon, and that his evil has been held captive inside the movie universe for the last ten years. Now that the movies are over, he’s been set free, and so Wes Craven has to make a new movie to keep him from escaping into our world. What I like about this movie is it’s mix of originality and familiarity. If you look back at the original Nightmare On Elm Street, the whole premise is essentially about blurring the lines of reality. The dream world starts to spill in to the real world. But now that the movies have become so successful, they’ve become their own fictional universe, and the angle is to have the movie world spill into our world. Brilliant. Not to mention the countless references to the original, such as the babysitter getting dragged up on the ceiling and ripped apart just like Tina in the first one. This movie is kind of slow moving, and the plot gets pretty confusing, but the creepy and disorienting tone never lets up, and that’s what makes it a good horror movie. Wes Craven managed to make Freddy scary again, a difficult task after how goofy he became in the last few sequels. Whether or not you would count this movie as part of the original series is up for debate. In many ways it’s a reboot. But in my mind it puts the franchise to rest far better the Freddy’s Dead. If you loved the first Nightmare On Elm Street, then definitely check this one out.
Overall Rating: Meta/10