After the original there were quite a few sequels, yet only one of them really stood out among the rest and could be compared to the original. Thanks to Wes Craven returning to the role of writer and director this is the only one of the sequels that comes close to equaling the original thanks to an intelligent and unique premise.
Separating itself from the previous films including the original this sequel is set in “real life” and therefore has much more depth plot wise than the previous sequels and also has a few surprising twists. It’s surprisingly interesting to watch the people who worked on the original film just being themselves. I think this is because in some cases it shows you just how different they are from the characters in the films. It’s particularly awesome to see Robert Englund both as himself and as Freddy. Also one of the best things about the film is the many homages to the original which was quite a clever idea I think.
Due to the story there are fewer dream sequences than one might want, but the ones that do appear are pushed just far enough to makes up for this. As for the death scenes they are all quite nasty and the gore is about on the same level as in the original. The one that I found to be properly good was when a character gets killed in a very similar manner to Tina’s death in the original which is probably the best of all the film’s references to the original. I think that out of all the sequels this had the real capacity to frighten and didn’t rely on over the top special effects to disgust the one who is watching. However, considering Wes Craven wrote the story is it surprising?
As for the acting there is certainly a big difference between this and the people in the previous films. Heather Langenkemp does an even better job than before and some of the scenes she shares with her son are honestly quite touching. It’s also wicked to see Wes Craven, John Saxon and Robert Englund appearing as themselves too. Speaking of Freddy it appears that the villain is free of his bad one liners and has gone back to how he was in the original. His new appearance and claws are all flat out great additions to the character and make him very different to how he was in the past. It’s also good to see him spending more time in the shadows again and talking a lot less than he did before.
While the other sequels were awfully goofy and humorous, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is more like how the original was. Scary, edgy and moving this is one sequel that doesn’t disappoint and is a real gem for those who liked the original, but might turn away those who liked the other sequels.