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Veteran horror director Wes Craven was responsible for the hit 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street, which introduced the character of Freddy Krueger. After Craven sold the rights to his character, Krueger became filmdom's top grossing monster, with five sequels by 1991. In this post-modernist horror film, Craven plays himself, a filmmaker working on a script for a movie that seems to be spinning out of control. Also playing himself, as well as playing his customary character Krueger, is Robert Englund. The original teenage hero of the first Nightmare film, Heather Langenkamp, also plays herself. She is still haunted by Freddy dreams, but Craven convinces her to make another Krueger film to exorcise her demons. Unfortunately, her son Dylan (Miko Hughes) is being taken over by Freddy himself, who materializes and kills Dylan's beloved nanny, Julie (Tracy Middendorf). Dylan, possessed by the evil spirit, escapes from the hospital and tries to cross a freeway with his mother in pursuit. Craven finds that his character has literally become a creation out of his control.~ Michael Betzold, All Movie Guide


  • Jeff Davis
  • Heather Langenkamp
  • Miko Hughes
  • Matt Winston
  • Rob LaBelle
  • David Newsom
  • Wes Craven
  • Marianne Maddalena
  • Gretchen Oehler
  • Tracy Middendorf

Did You Know?


  • Dylan (Miko Hughes) has a father that works in special effects. In real-life, Miko Hughes' father worked in special effects in movies.
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  • (at around 10 mins) When Freddy phones Heather Langenkamp at her home after Chase leaves, the sounds of hanging up the phone do not match what Heather is doing. Also, Freddy's voice, saying "Freddy's coming for you!", is still heard a split second after the phone is hung up.
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Visually, the movie is a knockout. Craven-who, along with George Romero and David Cronenberg, was one of the real masters of post-'60s low-budget horror-never made a scarier picture than the original Nightmare. But he's probably never made a better one than this-one that was more fun to watch or had a more satisfying conclusion, that slammed the door on hell with such panache.

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

I haven't been exactly a fan of the Nightmare series, but I found this movie, with its unsettling questions about the effect of horror on those who create it, strangely intriguing.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Often ingenious, funny and unnerving. [14 Oct 1994, p.14]

Metacritic review by Steven Rea
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer