Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is the best Nightmare on Elm Street sequel. It’s also, somehow, not really a Nightmare on Elm Street Movie (a fact indicated by the title).
It’s a film about how we capture our demons in stories, and how sometimes those demons escape. And how sometimes those demons look like Freddy Krueger.
I’ll be honest, there’s probably some logic gaps in this story, and it’s not entirely clear when things are dreams and when they’re not — and even whether they need to be dreams for Freddy to attack, because it isn’t really Freddy in this movie at all — but I can forgive those hiccups in a film that ditches goofy one-liners in favor of scares.