Wes Craven's New Nightmare

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

It's been ten years since the first NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. Heather Langenkamp, who played the heroine, is now married to a special effects technician and has a young child named Dylan (Miko Hughes). Heather begins to have nightmares about movie sets and a mechanical hand. The hand comes alive and kills two technicians. Phone calls say "Freddy's coming for you," referring to the Freddy Krueger character played by Robert Englund. Wes Craven, the director and writer of the NIGHTMARE series, plays himself and is writing a new Freddy movie. But the things he writes in the script seem to happen to Heather. The evil spirit represented by Freddy is trying to crossover into the real world and only a new film can keep him captive. Will Dylan be the doorway to his return, or can Heather stop Freddy again? Where does reality stop and the dreams begin? Numerous real-life people play themselves in this NIGHTMARES sequel. The blur of real people, fiction and nightmare is both confusing and predictable.

This film tries to blur the line between real and reel. Like most horror flicks, gory violence plays a major role. A hand is cut off but revealed as part of a movie. A mechanical hand comes to life and cuts a technician's throat and dances and chops on the chest of another. In some cases, the violence is only threatened, but gruesome brutality abounds. At Heather's husband's funeral, Psalms is quoted, and Heather encourages her son to pray. When Dylan asks his mother why God lets bad things happen, she simply says, "I don't know." Bad things happen frequently, many involving Dylan. Freddy is recognized as an evil spirit and at times seems to possess Dylan. While there are only a few obscenities and no sexual content, the emphasis on evil spirits and violence is reason enough to wake up and avoid this nightmare.

Preview Reviewer: Paul R. Bicking
NewLine Cinema, 575 8th Avenue, 16th Flr, NY, NY 10018

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (11) - Mild 7, Moderate 4

Obscene Language: Few (4) times (s-word 2, f-word 2)

Profanity: Once - Exclamatory

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (hand cut off; mechanical hand cuts throat and cuts chest; autopsy shown in progress; dead body 'wakes up;' nurse slugged with fist; girl stabbed and dragged up wall; bloody body shown; girl hit against stone wall; large leech thrown on face; face stretches to swallow child; stabbing; burning man's face becomes 'devil's' face)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Vomiting; Bible quoted at funeral; discussion of heaven and God with child; child growls and speaks in demonic voice

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Intended Audience: Adults and Freddy fans

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