In this film, Freddy is depicted much closer to what Wes Craven had originally intended for the character, much more menacing, much less comical, with an updated attire and appearance. However in 2015, before his death, he would admit he regretted changing his appearance and said: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Which was why he kept Ghostface's mask the same in every Scream movie.

The television show appearance was inspired by a real encounter. According to Wes Craven: "Robert Englund and I did an appearance together on public television in the San Francisco area. It was about whether this kind of movie was bad for children or not. There were parents in the audience and then kids. All the kids leaped to their feet and started chanting, 'Freddy! Freddy! Freddy!' I remember looking at the show host and the parents, and they all looked horrified."

The events in this film revolve around Heather Langenkamp having a stalker. In real life, she did have a stalker, and Wes Craven got her permission to weave it into the story.

Director Wes Craven had intended to ask Johnny Depp to make an appearance as himself in the funeral scene. Craven never worked up the courage to ask him, but after the film's release, they ran into each other. Craven asked Depp if he would have made an appearance in the movie and Depp said that he would have, and that Craven should have asked him.

In reality, Heather Langenkamp's real husband David LeRoy Anderson is a special effects man, as he is in the film.

In the ending credits, Freddy Krueger is credited as himself, even though Robert Englund reprises the role.

The basic premise of the film, Freddy invading the real world and haunting the actors and crew responsible for the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" films, was originally intended to be used for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), inspired by the movie Return to Horror High (1987), but the idea was rejected by the studio at the time.

The film has no opening titles to blur the illusion of whether it's a film, a documentary or something else altogether.

Robert Englund has said this is his favorite movie of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise along with Freddy's makeup being his favorite look.

All of the earthquake sequences in the film were actually filmed one month prior to the Los Angeles quake of '94. The real quake struck only two weeks before the end of filming. Subsequently, a unit was sent out to film drive-by footage of actual quake damaged areas of the city before the end of filming. The cast and crew believed that the earthquake scenes that were filmed before the real quake struck were perhaps a bit overdone, but when viewed after the real quake hit, all were frightened by the realism of it.

Before making this movie, Wes Craven watched all of the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" films. By the time he was finished, he claimed that he could not follow the storyline at all. He further regards the sequels to be weak compared to his original masterpiece.

Miko Hughes has kept the sewn up Rex dinosaur since filming. Wes Craven had an original copy without the scars.

Wes Craven's daughter Jessica Craven appears as a nurse.

David LeRoy Anderson, who is Heather Langenkamp's real-life husband, declined to play himself.

The large rocket ship used in the park scene went into Miko Hughes' backyard after his father bought it.

The "bio-engineered" hand and glove that Freddy uses in this film (as opposed to the glove used in the prior films) is actually derived from the artwork of the theatrical poster and video box covers of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

The working title for the film was "A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: The Ascension," however, producer Robert Shaye felt he didn't want audience to see this as another tired sequel to the series and wanted to stand on it's own feet. So much so, the trailers and TV spots never showed Freddy's face on screen until after it's release.

Miko Hughes was a Freddy fan way before filming. He would watch them put the make-up on Robert Englund every day.

(At around one hour and 14 minutes) Heather is asked if she has a pass, to which she replies, "Screw your pass." This is taken directly from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

Lin Shaye, who appears as a nurse, also played the teacher in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

There was a scene in the script that depicted a Robert Englund Freddy nightmare. The nightmare had Robert stuck in a spider-like web, and Freddy was a giant spider. (Described as a giant black widow with the red symbol under the belly having red and green stripes.) This was dropped, because it didn't fit with the film's overall tone but according to Englund, it was due to budget issues.

(At around 44 minutes) During the scene in the playground where Heather is talking about what happened at the funeral, right as she says, "Seeing Freddy in that grave seemed pretty real", a boy rides by on a bicycle wearing a sweater that is nearly identical to the one Freddy wears.

David Newsom said he felt like a dork playing a special effects tech, because he was so clean cut and nicely dressed, when all the real special effect techs around him were in jeans, t-shirts, and had beards.

Dr. Heffner is a nod to Richard Heffner, head of the MPAA and bane of Wes Craven's filmmaking career.

The nurse (Lin Shaye) that gives Dylan the pills he doesn't swallow is producer Robert Shaye's sister.

(At around one hour) The scene where Heather is dialing Robert Englund's house number on the phone in her car, the music tones that are played when she presses the buttons is the same as the A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) theme.

(At around one minute) In the opening scene, Wes Craven is wearing a shirt with the pattern of Freddy's jumper, while many of the items on the set are red or green.

In the original draft, Wes Craven was originally supposed to be on the run from Freddy by riding around in a van driven by Michael Berryman. Both were suppose to be sleep deprived. Craven would've cut his eyelids while writing the script as he struggles to stay awake.

Cuts and slashes are a running motif in the film. As well as the clear cracks in the wall like a Freddy slash, there's also a claw-shaped logo on the first news reports of the earthquake, and the special effects firm is called "Cut to the Chase FX".

(At around one hour and 24 minutes) During the freeway scene, when Heather ducks for the tractor-trailer to go over her. This was done with a green screen. It took around one hundred takes to get the shot right. The next day Heather Langenkamp couldn't walk, because she was so sore from doing the takes.

Wes Craven tried to get a real reaction from Miko Hughes to actually cry. To do this, his mother would leave the set and his father would whispered in his ear "Your mother's dead..." And if he acted well for the take, his reward was a Happy Meal.

The clothes worn by Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon towards the end of the film are similar to the clothes they wore in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

Heather Langenkamp and her special effects artist husband David LeRoy Anderson had a son named Daniel (born 1991), serving as the basis for the film's Heather's family. Tragically, Daniel died at the age of 26 as a result of a brain tumor.

In A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Nancy's mom drives a Volvo station wagon. In this film, Heather Langenkamp also drives a Volvo station wagon.

The script described Freddy as different as Tim Burton's Batman was to Adam West's.

A picture of Heather Langenkamp, that was on John Saxon's desk in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), can be seen on a shelf in Wes Craven's house.

This is the only film in the Nightmare franchise to feature orchestral music during the closing credits, rather than a electronically score like all the other films, including Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and the remake, A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).

The name "Dylan" is clearly spoken a whopping one hundred three times.

This is the first and, as of 2022, only movie in the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise that doesn't have any opening credits.

At one hour and 52 minutes, this is the longest film in the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise.

At three appearances, Heather Langenkamp has played the protagonist in the series more times than anyone else. However, none of her appearances have been consecutive.

(At around 35 minutes) When Heather Langenkamp vomited in the morgue, she was spitting up a combination of clam chowder and bean soup.

Dylan (Miko Hughes) has a father that works in special effects. In real life, Miko Hughes' father worked in special effects in movies.

The credits call Robert Englund's wife Patrice. In real life, his wife is Nancy Booth.

The same picture of the character Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) appears in both A Nightmare On Elm Street and Wes Craven's New Nightmare. For the original film you can see the picture on the desk of Nancy's dad at the police station. In Wes Craven's New Nightmare the picture is seen on a shelf in Craven's home when Heather Langenkamp visits him.

(At around 18 minutes) Producer Sara Risher was very nervous about appearing in the film. She bought herself a new suit specifically for her one scene.

The only Nightmare on Elm Street film to not take place at least partially in the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio.

Winona Ryder and Drew Barrymore were both considered for the role of Julie. Both actresses turned it down due to prior commitments with other projects. Ryder had previously auditioned for the role of Kristen in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) and Wes Craven would later direct Barrymore in Scream (1996).

The only film in which Claudia Haro appeared, which did not feature her former husband Joe Pesci.

(At around 21 minutes) The book "The Nightmare Never Ends" by Andy Mangels can be seen on Robert Shaye's desk.

When Robert tells Heather the fans would like to see them together again, she responds "In what a romantic comedy?" In which Robert responds "Just because it's a love story doesn't mean it can't have a decapitation or two" Englund starred in The Phantom of the Opera(1989) which is a tragic love story although Langenkamp doesn't costar. And it does have a decapitation or two.

The scene where Freddy tries to swallow Dylan whole, is similar to the scene in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), where the Freddy Snake tried to swallow Kristen whole.

W. Earl Brown plays a morgue attendant in this Wes Craven film and appears in another Wes Craven film. He plays Kenny the camera man in Scream.

The film had a similar premise as Last Action Hero (1993), which both films are about a fictional movie character who enters the real world.

In a Fangoria Magazine, Robert Englund pointed out that Wes Craven's documentary style on New Nightmare forced him, as well as the other actors, to take a different approach. "I was all set to play Freddy in a fairly predictable way, but Wes came to me early in the filming and reminded me that this is a different kind of Freddy and that I could grunt, growl, groan, scream and talk if I wanted to."

Originally, the movie was supposed to featured a alternate title of "Wes Craven's New* Nightmare" (with a big dot next to the "New") and below the poster had a white text saying "* - If you're watching this theatrically in 1994", but New Line felt it was too clunky of a title, and took the dot/footnote out of the later releases.

Robert Englund and Lin Shaye appeared in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Wish You Were Dead (2001), and 2001 Maniacs (2005).

Tracy Middendorf appeared in Scream: The TV Series (2015) based on the Scream movies directed by Wes Craven.

Lin Shaye (Nurse with Pills) & W. Earl Brown (Morgue Attendant) later co-starred in 1998 "There's Something About Mary".

In Japan, the movie was retitled "Nightmare on Elm Street: The Real Nightmare"

Tracy Middendorf briefly played the role of Carrie Brady on Days of Our Lives (1965).The role was originally played by Christie Clark, who appeared in A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985).

The look of Freddy's design has a similar resemblance to Nosferatu (1922).

During the talk show scene, Freddy's makeup was actually a re-painted version of the makeup shown in A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989).

According to Wes Craven's Biography, he stated if he didn't do New Nightmare, New Line would have pushed for a Freddy/Jason crossover instead. "I think that was a card they were going to play if they couldn't get me back for this one,"

Ideas of making a 7th Nightmare movie began in 1992, a year after Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) was released.

Angelina Jolie was considered for the role of Julie.

On the DVD commentary, Wes Craven explained that in the hospital scene when Dylan vomits black slime at Heather, there were more scenes filmed with Dylan's eyes turn solid blood-red with 3,000 flies coming out of his mouth, filling the whole room with a screeching growl. He himself wasn't sure why it was never used in the movie.

Tracy Middendorf received an introducing credit for her film debut as Julie the babysitter much like Johnny Depp was introduced in the original Nightmare as Glen, the boyfriend of Heather Langenkamp's Nancy. Also, Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors was the film debut of both Patricia Arquette and Jennifer Rubin.

The death of Heather's husband largely came about due to concerns that Freddy simply wasn't killing enough people in the screenplay.

After Heather makes the decision to play Nancy, the version of the house she enters has a blue door, like it did in the original. All the other sequels showed the house with a red door.

Tracy Middendorf's death scene was shot in a rotating room.

(At around one hour and 40 minutes) In the final scene where Dylan stabs Freddy's tongue outside the oven, you can hear the famous Psycho (1960) shower scene music.

The climactic tongue scene took two days to film.

The scenes of Chase's body in the morgue had to be necessarily brief, as David Newsom's pulse was clearly visible on his neck.

Freddy's death in this film is similar to his original death when he was burned alive by a group of vigilante parents.

Body Count: Four

Tuesday Knight: (At around 36 minutes) can be briefly seen in Chase's funeral scene.

In A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), the movie that Nancy watches on television to try to stay awake is The Evil Dead (1981). In this film, the movie that plays on television is A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

This the only nightmare on elm street movie where Freddy does not kill any teenagers. Every character killed in this movie was an adult.

Amanda Wyss, (who played first victim Tina Grey in the original A Nightmare On Elm Street ) was actually approached to be in New Nightmare before production began. However, she was passed after stating in a podcast interview that she was offered a very low salary.

When Dylan crosses traffic to get home later in the film, Freddy was suppose to drive a car (called the "Freddy-Mobile") with 4 giant razor blades on the front, kicking off sparks and was going to try to run the little boy down. Miko Hughes also starred in Pet Sematary (1989) where he was run down in a similar fashion. But the Freddy-Mobile was cut for being too expensive to make.

Jsu Garcia: (At around 36 minutes) Can be briefly seen in Chase's funeral scene.