Wes Craven’s New Nightmare Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Wes Craven’s New Nightmare by J. Peter Robinson.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 92.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 49.1
Album Excellence: 63%
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare is a 1994 American horror film directed by Wes Craven and starring Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon and Robert Englund. Reality and fantasy meet in unsettling ways in this installment of the long-running horror series, which finds director Wes Craven and actors Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund all portraying themselves. As Heather (Heather Langenkamp) considers making another film with Craven, her son, Dylan (Miko Hughes), falls under the spell of the iconic disfigured villain Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). Eventually, Langenkamp must confront Freddy’s demonic spirit to save the soul of Dylan. The score is composed by J. Peter Robinson.
This was a weird project, a sort of meta fantasy where Freddy becomes real and I kind of love it. The whole idea is so cool and I love the fact that they got Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon to play themselves. I remember the movie well and it might be my favourite movie outside of the original. The score promises to be good as well with a lot of praise on various forums. I don’t think I ever heard the score outside of the film itself. The score opens perfect with ‘Opening & Theme (Overlay)’. It takes me right back to Bernstein’s original score, it’s pretty much a copy of it. It’s gorgeous and that’s just what this film needed as well. The gang is finally back together! ‘Claw Attack’ is more Christopher Young territory, dissonant and terror filled. I haven’t heard this since Young’s Elm street sequel. Exciting! Robinson is also enjoying orchestral music like Young did, and it shows in cues like ‘Chase And Heather’. It’s great to have Freddy’s theme back proper though. I love it and it’s back in full force. One of the more fun cues are ‘TV Show Source’, a fun TV land edition of Freddy’s theme.
New Nightmare is just oozing quality and class. The score by Robinson is truly something else compared every thing I’ve heard so far in the Elm Street series. Still, it’s not my favourite score in the series. I definitely prefer the synth scores compared to the orchestral score, but this is sounding like a high quality production from start to finish and that makes it stand out. This is the orchestral music lover’s best Elm Street score. It is a superb production and it has a lot of scares as well, and best of all, it uses the two original Elm Street themes quite frequently, more than the other scores in the series so kudos!
1. Opening & Theme (Overlay) *
2. Claw Attack
4. Wall Scratches & Theme (Overlay)
5. Freddy Calls
6. TV Show Source
7. Freddy’s Back & Theme (Overlay)
9. Chase’s Blues
12. Funeral Part A & B
14. The Park
15. Dylan Meets God
19. Childhood Schizophrenia
21. Wes & Theme (Overlay)
22. Miss Me??!!
27. Transformation / Emergence & Theme (Overlay)
29. Dylan / Eels / Chasing Dylan / Heather To Rescue / Explosions
30. Read Me A Story & Theme Overlay / End Credits