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After reading yesterday’s article, I found Wes Craven’s A New Nightmare on Netflix. I had actually seen some of it on TV in college, but never ended up watching the whole thing. This meta horror, as the author of “Choosing Monsters Over Women” writes, pre-dates the meta horror in Scream, which takes place in the late 90s with a group of teens who have seen 70s and 80s slasher movies.

In New Nightmare, Heather Lagencamp, the actress who played Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street and Dream Warriors, plays herself, with Wes Craven, Robert Englund, and Rob Saxon also playing themselves. Nancy and Wes have both been having nightmares about Freddy Krueger. Wes has been writing a screenplay and explains that Freddy is actually some ancient evil that gets trapped in narratives, which have to be kept alive to trap the monster. (If that’s not some franchise meta, I don’t know what is.) Nancy, however, isn’t just dreaming about Freddy—he is terrorizing and trying to murder her family.

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One of the things I love the most about urban life is being able to see an event advertised and just decide to go. The SIFF had a midnight showing of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), which I watched during my post-Scream teenage attempt to watch classic horror films, but I hadn’t seen it since then. So, how does a movie that helped write “The Rules” look on its 30th birthday?

"Mom, I took Freddy's hat from my dream and also your foundation is orange." [Image from A Nightmare on Elm Street: Nancy shows her mother Freddy's hat]

“Mom, I took Freddy’s hat from my dream and also your foundation is orange.” [Image from A Nightmare on Elm Street: Nancy shows her mother Freddy’s hat]

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