YMMV / Wes Craven's New Nightmare

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Has Freddy really escaped into the "real world" and is haunting actress Heather Langenkamp, or has Nancy lapsed into psychosis due to mental trauma suffered in previous films, and is mercifully deluded that she is merely an actress who portrayed someone going through those horrible events? (Getting temporarily better just so she can fight him off one more time before returning to her delusional safe haven.)
    • Or has Freddy finally managed to claw his way into the "beautiful dream" Kristen sent her into at the end of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, where she's an actress and Freddy is just a hammy pop-culture icon?
      • Although being constantly upstaged by Robert Englund in burn make-up could fall a bit shy of a beautiful dream.
      • Arguably Fridge Brilliance: Robert Englund being the person that the public focuses on allows Nancy (as Heather) to have a career, but not be in the public eye too much.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Despite being well-received by many, the meta concept of Freddy haunting the actors in real life, as well as the Self-Insert Fic undertones, turned off a lot of people and this showed with the movie's low box office gross. In contrast, Scream, which shared similar self-aware ideals, was a roaring success, and Wes attributes this to Scream being more relatable since the main characters are horror fans instead of horror producers.
  • Awesome Music: The end credits.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: After Robert Englund in full Freddy makeup crashes Heather's interview, she's waiting patiently, completely ignored, while he (having removed the makeup and costume) signs tons of autographs. Amusing in and of itself, but then they start walking and talking:
    Robert: People would love to see us together on screen again.
    Heather: In what, a romantic comedy?
    Robert: Well, just because it's a romance, doesn't mean there can't be a decapitation or two.
  • Fridge Horror: Remember how Freddy was originally conceived as a serial killer who preyed on children and a sexual predator as well? What did Freddy really mean when he said he "touched" Dylan?
  • He Really Can Act: Robert Englund. Check out his scenes without makeup on.
  • Narm: Dylan's screaming wouldn't be out of place in a Home Alone movie.
  • The Scrappy: Dylan. How much peril do you have to get yourself into before you actually realise you should run from the undead serial killer? Kid actor's performance doesn't help matters.
  • Special Effect Failure: Freddy picking Dylan up during the highway - scene.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: A lot of people regard this movie as a much better movie and the true finale to the series rather than Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Even though they're both characters in the movie, Freddy and his actor Robert Englund never meet each other. The story justifies it by suggesting that Freddy takes Robert's place in the real world, but it's hard not be disappointed all the same.
    • Throughout most of the movie, Dylan's stuffed dinosaur Rex serves as his guardian and security blanket, and it's implied that he really does have some kind of supernatural ability to keep Freddy away. In the end, though, Freddy manages to tear him apart without any apparent trouble, and the idea that he has power over him is never resolved.
  • What an Idiot!: Dylan. The sheer amount of danger he gets into in that film makes his continued survival frankly baffling to witness. One could infer that perhaps the plot is actively compelling him to do these type of things. Also, Heather commented that Dylan usually acts much differently, which seems to imply that his stupid actions and change in behavior are the result of what's going on with Freddy. Plus, any parent with a child his age is well aware kids do amazingly stupid things.