Ten years after creating A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven would return behind the camera for New Nightmare, and bringing with him was a new Freddy Krueger that completely turned the franchise on its head. Craven not only took a gamble by abandoning the franchise’s continuity, he also leaned into a more menacing Krueger (how he always intended the character to be) rather than the wise-cracking madman that we knew and loved. For a franchise with very few great entries (some aren’t even good), A Nightmare on Elm Street desperately needed a shake-up, and what better mind than the brilliant Wes Craven to do just that?
I absolutely love what Mike Saputo has done with this one, depicting Freddy Krueger as the monster in all of our closets. He is the boogeyman, watching and waiting until we fall asleep so that he can slither into our dreams. Saputo’s piece is stunning and haunting and just the thing to keep us up at night. The print will be available through Mondo at this weekend’s 12th Annual 2017 Frightmare Weekend in Dallas.