31 Days of Scary Movies: Nightmare on Elm Street

For the month of October, to celebrate the season of Halloween, I will be posting a review of a movie for each day. Movies will be old, new, vampire, slasher, zombie, ghosts, etc. If you are curious about any movies, shoot me an email! These opinions, unless otherwise noted, are all my own.

NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

One, two, Freddie’s coming for you…

I watched this movie last week and couldn’t believe that I was so terrified of it when I was a kid. However, I watched it at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. If I were to watch it alone and at night, it could be a different story 😉

This is one of those movies that you have to take for what it is: an 80s horror movie. The plot is unbelievable, and the effects are by today’s standards pretty basic. But the villian is fun and crazy enough to be scary, and he has an axe to grind. This is a slasher movie with a supernatural twist: Freddie Krueger stalks and kills a group of teenagers in their dreams. Its an original idea for the time, and for an 80s movie, its pretty good. There’s enough senseless killing before you get the backstory about Freddie, and its a good one. You almost forget how bad he is… until you remember why he’s in that position in the first place.

This isn’t a movie that stays with you, and some of it is actually laughable. Its good for a few startling moments and some fun scary scenes. Plus, they don’t make killers like Freddie anymore. I haven’t seen the remake, but I heard its not so good. If you’re in your 30s, watch the original, it will take you back 🙂

Fun facts (from IMDB)

  • Took 30 days to shoot
  • Nobody wanted the script. It floated around for 3 years before New Line Cinema picked it up
  • Johnny Depp’s first movie
  • The words “Elm Street” are not spoken at all during the movie

Oh, and one of the main reasons that the role of Glen was given to Johnny Depp was that the producer’s daughter thought he was “dreamy”.

*sigh* Didn’t we all?

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One Response to 31 Days of Scary Movies: Nightmare on Elm Street

  1. Lisa says:

    This movie by far terrified me the most as a kid–Nightmare on Elm Street and Poltergeist to be exact. I think I’d still be scared to see them as an adult!

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