A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Directed By – Wes Craven

Screenplay By – Wes Craven

Cinematography By – Jacques Haitkin

Starring Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp & Robert Englund

91 min.

Sometimes you want your horror movies to make you poop your pants and sometimes you want your horror movies to just show you a bloody good time. I would say A Nightmare on Elm Street toes the line of both of these pretty dang well. Of course a modern audience has seen everything and could find themselves laughing harder at the scares than being scared by them, but I think there are some solid jump moments spread out throughout Elm Street. And if all else fails, Freddy Kruger is one hell of a character.

The idea behind Elm Street, that a man can kill you in your dreams, is so fascinating to me on so many levels that I will never get tired (haha tired, sleep pun) of watching Elm Street. Dreams are so strange and bizarre that having a child murderer invade yours and actually be able to cause you harm in a dreamworld is just fucking awesome. (I was thinking that no one can ever even try this idea again because of how influential Elm Street and Freddy Kruger have been that you’d instantly be labeled unoriginal as you’d deserve. Maybe that’s why there’s so many Elm Street sequels cause there’s no other way to get away with this idea.)

But besides the basic premise, everything you’d want Elm Street to be it is. The villain has knives for hands so you’d expect blood and you get blood. Kruger operates in a dreamworld so you’d expect strange and bizarre death sequences and you get strange and bizarre death sequences (i.e. Johnny Depp’s death sequence). Even the end is ambiguous like the ends of most of our dreams.

I can’t say it more, but Freddy Kruger is a fucking terrific horror monster. Plus watching a super young Johnny Depp is always fun and interesting.

God Bless America.


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