31 Days Of Dreadtober: How A New Nightmare Reimagines Freddy Kreuger

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Day 26

In 1984, Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street introduced the world to the iconic villain, Freddy Kreuger. There would be five more entries into the series before Wes Craven would return to the franchise with A New Nightmare in 1994.

Outside of the series continuity, A New Nightmare depicts Freddy Krueger as a demonic entity trying to break into the physical world through a screenplay for a new Nightmare on Elm Street sequel, terrorizing the cast and crew in an effort to make himself corporeal. This Freddy is more sinister and returns to Craven’s original vision for the character, which he felt the sequels got away from.

Seldom do you see the sixth entry in a franchise expanding upon the original premise in such a meaningful way and yet A New Nightmare manages to do so. In many ways, Wes Craven was laying the foundation down for Scream which he would direct in 1996, not some two years later. Its one of the best meta-horror films and smartly blends the fantasy dream world with the backstage realities of Hollywood production. It also poses the question to Hollywood “What are the consequences of what we are doing?”

There are monetary interests involved and so many people boil a production down to dollars and cents without looking at the bigger picture. As an art form, movies are much bigger than that. They can shape people, inform their opinions and viewpoint of the world, and make them feel something that they might not have discovered on their own. With that should come some sort of sense of responsibility, otherwise what kind of monstrosities are you releasing into the world.

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