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Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

Released 1994
Distributor New Line Cinema

The title alone signifies how closely aligned the director was to his franchise and Wes Craven makes the most of it with this meta-spin on his Nightmare on Elm Street series. In a clever twist, this time out dreams aren’t responsible for summoning the dread specter of serial killer Freddy Krueger, it’s the movies themselves. Upping the ante on Craven’s feature-length mind game, Heather Langenkamp, who played the damsel in distress in the original Nightmare, appears as herself, still in the grip of the monster who helped make her a star.

About Axelle Carolyn

A horror fan for as long as she can remember, Axelle Carolyn started out as a film journalist before writing and directing two award-winning short films in 2011, then her first feature, ghost story Soulmate, the following year. She is the creator and co-producer of 2015 horror anthology Tales of Halloween, for which she also directed a segment, alongside fellow TFH gurus Neil Marshall, Mike Mendez and Darren Bousman.