The glove. The sweater. The burnt face staring out from the TV screen - these are all things that we connect with Freddy Krueger, the menace of Elm Street. After his initial appearance in the film that changed slasher movies forever, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy was commercialized, sanitized, and franchised until he had had to be buried in 1991. Three years later, he was revived by his creator, Wes Craven, in New Nightmare.
This overlooked gem in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise isn’t just one of the scariest horror movies of the ‘90s, but it’s Craven’s love letter to horror movies, fairy tales, and everyone who continued dreaming of Freddy throughout the 1980s. It’s the follow-up to Craven’s original film that the world needed, and it put a definitive nail in the coffin of Freddy Krueger.