Monday, May 10, 2010

Movie Monday - The Ultimate Nightmare

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Released: November 16, 1984

Written by: Wes Craven

Directed by: Wes Craven

Rated: R

Summary: Nancy is having nightmares, violent nightmares about a mysterious badly burned man with a razor fingered glove on his right hand that calls himself Freddy. When she realizes that her friends are having the same nightmares and that one by one they are being brutally murdered in their sleep she turns to her father who does not believe her and thinks her to be crazy. After she finds out the horrible truth behind Freddy's rampage she decides to take action and bring this dream murderer out of dreamland and into the real world where she can send him straight to where he belongs.

I really wanted to see the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street last week and I never got around to it… maybe this week though. Anyways, this leaves me with no new releases to review so I’m diving into my reserve and choosing a favourite instead; the original A Nightmare on Elm Street.

This is one of my favourite horror movie series out there. I’ve seen every movie, some several times over, and I never tire of them. It’s the one movie that makes you scared to sleep… just in case.

First released in 1984, the first movie put fear into the hearts of people everywhere and made the name Freddy Kruger a household name. His striped sweater, fedora hat, burned physique and legendary finger-knives have made him one of the more revered horror figures of all time. There even was the showdown between him and Jason Voorhees in the 2000 movie Freddy vs. Jason.

The first movie, the one that started it all, was a sight to behold. The deaths were horrendous – Johnny Depp being eaten by his bed anyone? – and so brutal that even watching made the strongest people squirm. I squirmed and I’m usually the one in the theatre that’s laughing at the horror movie.

Robert Englund was, and is, a truly phenomenal actor who was able to make Freddy come alive on the screen better than anyone else. The rest of the cast was selected superbly and the ensemble brought the movie to amazing heights.

I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants a good scare because this is a movie that is timeless even though it was made almost 30 years ago. It truly brings a whole new meaning to “slasher” films. I’m giving it a 10 /10

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