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Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street is the perfect horror film. It is one of my all-time favorites. Not only did Writer/Director Wes Craven create one of the most iconic horror villains ever, he also wowed us with amazing special effects on a modest budget. The basic story centers on Fred Krueger [played to perfection by Robert Englund], a child murderer who haunts the dreams of the teens whose parents killed him many years ago in an act of revenge. If he is able to kill the teens in their dreams, they die in real life as well. The screenplay is virtually flawless and stands out as highly original. I believe it to be Wes Craven's finest work as a writer.

The cast includes Johnny Depp in his first feature film as well as the perfect horror heroine in Heather Langenkamp. She portrays her character Nancy as strong yet vulnerable, smart yet capable of great emotional depth. She's the perfect example of an empowered 1980's woman and I enjoy watching her in every scene. Veteran actor John Saxon [Enter the Dragon, From Dusk Till Dawn] is also great as Nancy's father. He provides the perfect adult skepticism to what's happening on Elm Street but eventually gets it before it's too late.

Kudos as well to Charles Bernstein [April Fool's Day, Kill Bill Vol. 1] for the exceptional musical score that adds greatly to the overall feel of the film.  Nightmare wouldn't be the same without it! It sets the perfect mood time and time again.

Tons of scholarly analysis has already been written about Nightmare so I won't bore you with all the details. Simply enjoy this classic film which has the right amount of gore, scares and characters you care about to keep you on the edge of your set every second of this finely crafted film.

I saw the 2010 remake and, like most critics, I consider it to be pure crap. They spent a lot of money on it but it doesn't come close to the original. The 2010 Freddy just doesn't work for me at all. He is humorless and boring. Furthermore, they may have upped the gore in the sequel and included a back story on Freddy, but both of these things seem totally unnecessary. Stick with the original!

RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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