Up to this point, the best films in the in the Elm Street series are those that combine the talents of the original writer/director, Wes Craven, and the original cast, namely Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon. In other words, the first film and the third film. So, it's no surprise that when those talents are reunited, we get one of the best films in the series to end on - Wes Craven's New Nightmare.
In one giant feature-length breaking of fourth wall, Heather Langenkamp, Hollywood film star, is being harassed by what she believes is an obsessive fan of the Nightmare on Elm Street series. She also has recurring nightmares about Freddy, and she's not the only one, Robert Englund and Wes Craven are too. In fact, those nightmares are what's inspiring Craven's latest screenplay... another Nightmare on Elm Street sequel!
Ending the series on a high note, this installment cuts back on the special effects in favor of storytelling, and is a better movie for it. In some ways the whole series has a bit of a here-today-gone-tomorrow, junk food for the mind quality to it, but it's at least nice to see it go out on a high note.