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->'''Wes Craven:''' ''I think the only way to stop him is to make another movie. Now I swear to you I'm gonna stay by this computer and keep writing until I finish the script, but... when the time comes, you're gonna have to make a choice.''
->'''Heather Langenkamp:''' ''Choice? What kind of choice?''
->'''Wes Craven:''' ''Whether or not you will be willing to play Nancy one last time.''

'''''Wes Craven's New Nightmare''''' is the seventh ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' film, released in 1994, ten years after the original.

In [[RealWorldEpisode the real world]], people behind the ''Elm Street'' films are preparing for a new installment. As this goes on, it becomes apparent that Freddy Krueger has seemingly come over the wall separating reality and fiction, and is now haunting the actress Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy in the films.

Despite being one of the better received ''Elm Street'' films, the film wasn't as big at the box office, garnering 16 million dollars with its 8 million budget.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdultFear: Although Heather's troubles are being caused by Freddy, they're based on real-world fears that don't actually require a supernatural presence. The doctors can't tell what's wrong with her son, her son wanders off into traffic, she loses her husband in a car accident, she's got a stalker and an earthquake damages her house.
** Your young son climbing to the very top of a jungle gym will give any parent palpitations, much less him leaping off.
* AsHimself: Heather Langenkamp, Creator/RobertEnglund, John Saxon, Robert Shaye and Creator/WesCraven all appear as themselves. To keep with the "real world" theme, [[CharacterAsHimself Freddy Krueger is also credited "as himself"]].
* BadassLongcoat: Freddy is wearing one.
* BigBad: The Freddy Krueger in this film is one even moreso than the Freddy Krueger in the mainstream continuity. It is an ancient entity of evil, which according to Wes Craven has existed in various forms throughout history. It is therefore behind many other monsters, and has spread more misery and destruction than Freddy ever did, who's mostly confined to Elm Street.
* {{Callback}}: Many to the first film and to the sequels. This includes the Freddy and Alice morphing head from ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild The Dream Child]]'' appearing as a prop at the beginning and Robert Englund quoting the "You are all my children now!" line from ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge Freddy's Revenge]]''.
* TheCameo: Jsu Garcia (who played Rod in [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 the original film]]) and Tuesday Knight (who played Kristen in ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster The Dream Master]]'') appear in the funeral scene. Creator/JohnnyDepp almost appeared as well, but Wes Craven didn't ask him.
* ChildEater: Freddy tries to eat Heather's son Dylan alive before she stops him.
* CollapsingLair: The ruins where the climax takes its place start exploding when "Freddy" is defeated.
* CreditsGag: Due to the metafictional nature of this film, Freddy Krueger is credited "[[CharacterAsHimself As Himself]]".
* CreepyChild: Dylan becomes one as the movie progresses.
* {{Deconstruction}}: The theme of the film is the fact that, as one character says, “Every kid knows who Freddy is. He’s like SantaClaus, or KingKong," and also people have a hard time judging reality from fiction, such as Heather being asked if she would trust her son around Robert Englund, just because he's an ''actor'' who happens to play Freddy. Of course, the concept goes meta when not only is Heather's experiences with a stalker written in, but actually worked ''the real life Los Angeles earthquake that happened '''during filming''' into the plot''. In the end, Craven considers Freddy just a fairy-tale (as seen with the tie-in to ''HanselAndGretel'', and Heather reading the script as if it were a storybook to her son.)
* DisproportionateRetribution: Much of why this Ancient Evil is going after Heather, is because he was [[ShapeShifterModeLock mode locked]] into being Freddy for 10 years and believes himself to be Freddy. Because Nancy, the character Heather played in the first and third movie is Freddy's enemy; he believes that in order to cross over into the real world for good, he has to kill Heather. Something Wes Craven himself lampshades.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Wes Craven bases the new ''Elm Street'' script on prophetic dreams.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:Julie's "help me" right before Freddy snaps her neck. The palpable fear in her eyes and the sheer desperateness of the request, considering she's asking this to a ''five-year-old kid'', are quite obvious.]]
* FinalGirl: Heather Langenkamp.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: This movie involved Freddy escaping into the "real world", so that a new movie had to be made to imprison him again.
* GroinAttack: While "Freddy" is trying to attack Dylan, Heather stabs him in the balls.
* HarassingPhoneCall: Heather has received several, presumably from "Freddy".
* HellBentForLeather: "Freddy" wears a pair of leather pants.
* HelpingHands: The opening nightmare has the new Freddy glove starting to move by itself and attacking two technicians.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: Creator/WesCraven attached his name to the title to announce his return to the franchise.
* InMemoriam: The film is dedicated to the production designer Gregg Fonseca.
* JackTheRipoff: The entity masquerading as Freddy.
* LooksLikeOrlok: Freddy's new design resembles Orlok quite a bit, as he doesn't wear his hat as often, wears a long coat and has more curved and organic looking claws. At one point he mirrors the pose from the trope image, immediately before the ShoutOut mentioned below.
* MamaBear: Heather, this time for her own kid.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Robert Englund's fictional counterpart in this film is [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor much like the real-life guy]]; talkative and jovial, and genuinely enjoys the villainous role he's playing.
* MesACrowd: When Dylan is crossing the freeway, he sees a group of Freddys at the other side.
* MrExposition: Wes Craven serves to explain the entire plot to Heather Langenkamp (and by extension the audience). He tells her about the Entity that has taken on the form of Freddy Krueger, that it has been released due to the end of the movie series and is trying to cross over into reality, and that Heather is the only one who can stop him.
* MurderByCremation: [[spoiler:How The Entity is beaten.]]
* NeckSnap: [[spoiler:Julie's death.]]
* OverlyLongTongue: "Freddy" attacks Heather with it.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: There was nothing about an earthquake in the script - until one hit during filming.
* RealWorldEpisode: ''New Nightmare'', is about the making of a new "Elm Street" film, which is (unknowingly) done in order to keep the real Freddy demon from coming into the real world.
* RuinsForRuinsSake: The climax takes place in there.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Robert Englund and his wife's apparent course of action.
* SealedEvilInACan: Freddy Krueger himself, but he's not really "Freddy" so much as Evil Itself taking on the form of Freddy, and there needs to be a script made in order to contain it.
* ShoutOut:
** Freddy's shadow going by the wall is similar to the stair ascending scene from ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''.
** Freddy's defeat evokes "Literature/HanselAndGretel".
* SkunkStripe: Heather Langenkamp gets one, much like her character Nancy.
* StockSoundEffects: "Breaking vase" sound can be heard during the onscreen earthquakes.
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: When the entity is seemingly destroyed at the end, it goes from looking like Freddy to a stereotypical demon.
* VertigoEffect: Used when the police visit Heather and inform her about Chase's death.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Heather vomits when she sees that claw marks on Chase's body.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:The movie leaves it ambiguous what happens to Robert Englund. The last we see of him he seems to have become possessed by the Freddy Entity. It's unclear if Freddy ultimately [[DemonicPossession took over his body]] to fight Nancy or not, and if he did, whether that means that Heather killed Robert.]]

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