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Nine Days of Nightmares: Day 7 Wes Craven's New Nightmare

What's the name of the movie?: Wes Craven's New Nightmare

Who's in it?: Heather Langenkamp, Miko Hughes, David Newsom, Tracy Middendorf, Fran Bennett, John Saxon, Robert Englund

Who directed?: Wes Craven

What's it about?: Wes Craven and gang are making a new Nightmare on Elm Street movie.  During filming however, strange things beging to happen on set, people begin to die and Heather's little boy is beginning to act like a certain razor gloved maniac.  But that's only a movie, right? Or is it?  No one is safe. Not Robert Enlgund, not Wes Craven, not even producer Robert Shaye, all three of which, along with Heather, and her husband Chase, are experiencing some really weird goings on resutling on the possibility that Freddy might actually be trying to make his big break in Hollywod in ways that on one could have ever expected.

What's Good? : The menace of Freddy Krueger is just as creepy as ever. This is not the jokey funny Freddy from parts 3 through 6. This is one sick bastard of a slasher villain. He wears the traditional Freddy costume but adds a trench coat just to add to the scary. Believe me, it works. Not only that, the new glove they have for Freddy this time, is badass. It's this robotic thing that has claws on all five digits and it is freaky cool. The acting is all around pretty good. It was great to see Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon together again in a Nightmare movie. Miko Hughes, as Heather's son is all kinds of creepy and he is just awesome in the movie. This movie also has some footage of the Northridge quake just after it happened as the movie was being filmed when the quake hit. The kills are inventive to an extent. One kill from Nightmare 1 is revisited but this time in a fully lit room so you see exactly what is going on this time.  Also, there is a lot of exploration on the concept of what exactly the evil entity that was the original inspiration for Freddy is. When this movie is good, it's really, really good.  This being Wes Craven's return to the franchise, it feels like he is absolutely relishing coming back to the characters he created .  Ths movie has some of the best jump scares of the series thus far, and with Heather's little boy slowly succumbing to the wiles of Freddy, an utter creepiness hangs over the proceedings. 

What's not so good?: Unfortunately, a lot of moments in the movie feel like rehash. I know it works within the context of the story but it just feels like a rehash of things from the first movie. Robert Shaye's performance is just awful. Even Wes Craven is able to put in a good performance. Also, this being a Nightmare movie, it really suffers from the pacing because it really drags.  It is a really slow build on things and unfortunately, it makes the movie suffer with that.  Especially for the fans who are used to having a quick paced Nightmare movie.   That said, once it hits the fan, it really picks up nicely and keeps going until the end. Unfortunately by the time it does happen, you are pretty much screaming for something, ANYTHING to happen.

Final Verdict?: 3 of the badass new Freddy claws out of 5
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