Premiere - 04/01/1995
"...Smarter than your average scare..." - Recommended
Rolling Stone - 11/03/1994
"...It's the cleverest, wittiest, most twisted scarefest in ages..."
New York Times - 10/14/1994
"...[Craven] deals in terrifying extensions of everyday experience, the stuff of which true nightmares are made....An ingenious, cathartic exercise in illusion and fear..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/14/1994
"...It's compelling -- it challenges you to keep up with it..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/14/1994
"...A horror film within a horror film....Strangely intriguing..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Winner of a Golden Scroll of Outstanding Achievement from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, this spine-tingling tale reunites original Nightmare stars Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon as "reel" Freddy invades the real world with deadly results.
Life imitated art during filming. Soon after shooting an earthquake sequence, the "Northridge Quake" shook Los Angeles. Says Craven, "We were about to have rubble created for the movie, but instead, we were able to just go out and film from the streets." But don't worry, Freddy fans. It's only a movie--or is it?
Freddy's back, only this time he's not confined to dreams in this macabre film within a film. Heather Langenkamp, star of the original NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, along with other actors and director Craven all appear as themselves. When Heather's husband is mysteriously killed her son begins to have disturbing nightmares, culminating in a bizarre encounter with the fictional boogeyman. As self-referential as Craven's SCREAM movies, but much more serious and creepy. Some scenes shot on location near the aftermath of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Actress Heather Langenkamp, who starred in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series, now married with a son, is offered a new role in Wes Craven's newest "Nightmare." The film describes Freddy Krueger as an ancient evil, who must be barred between the walls of a story -- or else he will haunt reality. Since the story remains unfinished, Freddy's back and out for blood, especially Heather's. With her husband dead and her son hospitalized, she must brave the underworld to defeat the evil and, in doing so, bring the story to a close.