By Doug Brod
Updated March 24, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp (1994, New Line, R, priced for rental) For the seventh Nightmare on Elm Street, writer-director Craven decided to go all artsy, attempting to intellectualize the violence in the series. Surprisingly, respected critics actually fell for this bland, pretentious film, in which Langenkamp (playing herself) and her son (Miko Hughes) are menaced by apparently fictional nemesis Freddy Krueger (Englund), while Craven (playing himself) writes a script for a new Elm Street. For all its attempts at self-reflexivity, New Nightmare emerges as just another mother-and-child-in-jeopardy thriller. It could have used a little more throat-ripping and a little less navel-gazing. C- -Doug Brod