In the 30 years since “New Nightmare” came out, praise for the film has only increased, a fact noted by the immortal Freddy Krueger, actor Robert Englund. Speaking to the Daily Dead in 2020, Englund explains how “New Nightmare” – the actor’s favorite “Elm Street” movie – gained new life thanks to “Scream”:
“When ‘New Nightmare’ came out, it was a hit, but it wasn’t a huge hit. It was just a moderate success. And then Wes Craven’s ‘Scream’ came out and it even didn’t. It’s more meta fit and more elaborate, but it’s a bit easier for the audience to understand and all the characters are people who consider themselves horror movies and horror movie elements. played with that in ‘New Nightmare’… Eventually a lot of ‘ Scream fans started renting ‘New Nightmare’ and they figured out how clever it was.”
Arrive Inverse, Englund commented on how “It’s almost like the ‘Scream’ series has opened the door to perception for how to watch ‘Wes Craven’s New Nightmare’,” insightfully observing how “what happened to the movie That puts us a little ahead of our time.”
With insight, it’s understandable why “New Nightmare” wasn’t well received upon release – it faced being the sixth sequel that changed the “rules” of the series, Freddy is tired, and more. However, thanks to the regular popularity of “Scream” (which includes an ongoing theatrical series), Craven’s films continue to be rediscovered and re-evaluated, particularly “The New Nightmare.” considered intelligent, terrifying, and profound. .
The movie is not only worthy but also as Craven himself warns in the movie, Its success may well have been to keep the evil claiming to be Freddy Krueger tamed…for now.
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