We all dream and I prefer my dreams “the scarier the better”. Killing zombies, howling at the moon, and battling evil is all in a good night’s work for this decaying mind. These are the sweet images that haunt my dreams and I can honestly say that I have never been afraid of nightmares and actually prefer them most of the time. I guess that is why I love horror so much. Real life can be so much more terrifying. There is only one other kind of dream that puts a smile on my face, but I will keep those thoughts to myself (I encourage all of my female fans to send pictures).
Dreams have always intrigued me. The dreamscape serves as a stage where all our biggest joys and fears battle. The netherworld of our subconscious forms the foundation of who we are. Slowly but surely these thoughts manifest themselves in our dreams and serve as a guide to our inner being. (Damn, I feel like Sigmund Freud). It is this that molds our interpretation of right and wrong.
The dream world is supposed to be the only place where we are really safe…gods of our own imaginations. Where a little child can defeat his or her demons. Well, my fine fiendish fans, this couldn’t be farther from the truth in this classic horror flick. In fact, this REM sleep could kill you, so “DON’T FALL ASLEEP”
“A Nightmare on Elm Street” perfectly illustrated the ultimate manifestation of one’s fear. Freddy Krueger not only haunted your dreams but also could literally kill you in them. He was the great puppet master in the darkness, who would unmercifully cut the strings of his victims’ lives… damning them forever to his mad world.
Wes Craven masterfully borne this madman, but it was Robert Englund who developed him into the manifestation that still haunts our dreams. Like I said on previous pages, I really liked the first “Nightmare”, but I can do without the rest. Freddy’s one-liners were cool at first, but after a while, they could get really annoying (still enjoyed the entire series, except for 2, reviews to follow) I prefer monsters who don’t speak and wear a hockey mask (HA, HA). Freddy is still cool and a definitely an “icon” in the modern age of horror.
There is a lot of things I liked about “A Nightmare on Elm Street“. One was the dark atmosphere of this film. The first “Nightmare” firmly established the sub-genre of “fantasy horror”. “Hellraiser” is another great film that really helped this sub-genre, while making it a main staple of horror today.
Another thing I liked is how Craven took the “slasher” film to a whole new level with the first “Nightmare”. This film definitely plays upon the Giallo theme of Italian cinema and Freddy could easily be the gloved (HA HA) maniac that slashes through so many Argento films. Finally, this movie was pretty damn gory, but the gore was placed very effectively. But really, the tension in this film is sensational and overpowering at times.
This is by far Wes Craven’s best work. I can already hear the complaints, “What about Scream and Scream 2”? “Scream” although an entertaining thriller/comedy is not horror. I am sure I will get a ton of e-mail regarding this, but oh well what the hell. If you want “Scream” or “Scream 2” look elsewhere. They will never appear in the “House of Horrors”.
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A Nightmare on ELM Street Story
The movie begins as we see a man fashioning together a glove of some sort. Flash to a scene in a dark, damp boiler room with the lovely Tina (Amanda Wyss) being stalked by an unknown assailant. Just as she is about to meet her doom she wakes up drenched in sweat. It was only a bad dream and she thinks it’s all over, but it is only the beginning for the kids of Elm Street.
We later find out that other kids are having nightmares about a strange man with knives as his fingers. Right away, we recognize Freddy as a trendsetter among slashers, being years ahead of the advent-grade Edward Scissorhands and boy, that red and green sweater is so…sexy. Watch out girls, this boy’s one-liners will kill you.
After ripping through a cast that could have easily starred in “Scream” (we now see where Wes’ originality sprung from), Freddy finally meets his match. Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) realizes that the only way to defeat this maniac is to bring him out into the real world. She also finds out why Freddy is doing all this killing. The ending was pretty bizarre; leaving the door open (literally) for the sequels that followed.
A Nightmare on ELM Street Frightful Facts
- Freddy was named after a bully that terrorized Wes Craven as a kid.
- Wes came up with the idea for A Nightmare on Elm Street while sitting at a restaurant in 1978. He had recently read three separate articles about people who had nightmares and then later died in their sleep.
- “Evil Dead” is being shown on a TV in Nancy’s room. This was Wes Craven’s way of repaying Sam Raimi for putting a “The Hills Have Eyes” in the basement scene in “Evil Dead“.
- Robert Englund was not the first choice to play Freddy Krueger. Actually, they wanted a stunt man to play the part.
- Friday the 13th alumni, Sean Cunningham, directed a non-dialog sequence because Wes Craven was pressed for time.
- This is Johnny Depp’s (Glen) first acting job.
- Grossed $25.5 million dollars in the US. The entire series (7 movies) grossed $216M in the US with “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master” being the most popular grossing $49.4M domestically.
- The scene where Freddy appears over a sleeping Nancy was done with spandex.
- Over 500 gallons of fake “blood” was used in the scene of Glen’s demise.
- The bathroom scene was not included in the original script but was rather the brainchild of Jim Doyle (special fx). The tub was built over a swimming pool and Jim Doyle in scuba gear performed as Freddy’s glove.
- Banned in Finland on video and heavily censored in Germany.
A Nightmare on ELM Street Leftovers
A new Freddy vs. Jason film is in the works, as well as, a new Friday the 13th film.
A Nightmare on ELM Street Goodies
- You can Buy the “Nightmare on Elm Street” DVD Collection atAmazon.com
- You can Buy the original A Nightmare on Elm Street on DVD atAmazon.com
- You can Buy “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” on DVD at Amazon.com
- You can Buy “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” on DVD at Amazon.com
- You can Buy “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master” on DVD at Amazon.com
- You can Buy “A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child” on DVD at Amazon.com
- You can Buy “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare” on DVD atAmazon.com
- You can Buy “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare” on DVD atAmazon.com
- You can Buy Freddy vs. Jason on DVD at Amazon.com
- Click here to buy the book “The Nightmare Never Dies” an excellent reference guide on the first six films atAmazon.com.
- You can Buy “Screams & Nightmares: The Films of Wes Craven” atAmazon.com
A Nightmare on ELM Street Cast 7 Crew
|Produced by||Media Home Entertainment,|
New Line Cinema,
Smart Egg Pictures
|Certification||USA:R / UK:18 / Germany:18 / Iceland:16 IS / Finland:(Banned) (VV) / Sweden:15 / Norway:18 /Finland:K-18|
|Runtime||USA:91 / Germany:85|
|Directed by||Wes Craven|
|Cast||John Saxon….Lieutenant Donald Thompson|
Ronee Blakley….Marge Thompson
Heather Langenkamp….Nancy Thompson
Amanda Wyss….Tina Gray
Nick Corri….Rod Lane
Johnny Depp….Glen Lantz
Charles Fleischer….Dr. King
|Written by||Wes Craven|
|Music by||Charles Bernstein|
|Produced by||Gregg Fonseca|
|Other crew||Nicholas Batchelor….first assistant director|
John Burrows….production manager
Tony Cecere….stunt co-ordinator
Anne S. Coffey….first assistant camera
Lisa C. Cook….production co-ordinator
Dorree Cooper….set dresser
Jim Doyle….mechanical special effects design
A Nightmare At The ELM Street
RE: NightMare On Elm Street
One of the most famous horror movies created by Wes Craven,was truly one of his best. Many people have had lost sleep over this movie. By Wes Craven creating a movie that people are helpless and scared was truly a movie that left people on the end of their seats and people craving more Wes Craven series. Truly a great horror movie at large.
RE: NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST MOVIES
T4: I was 15 the first time I saw Nightmare on Elm ST. It literally scared the H**l out of me , I did not sleep for 3 days. So far there hasn’t been another movie made that scared me that much. I watch horror movie all of the time I have a pretty good collection. I just got the original Friday the 13th. I love to be scared. I can’t wait for my son to get old enough to watch scary movies with me no one else in my house likes to watch them as much as I do. Also I just wanted to say I enjoy your website. It’s great to know there are other people out there that enjoy horror movies as much as I do.
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RE: A Nightmare on Elm Street
This one of my childhood favorites. I remember when was around 3 or 4 years old my mom used to sit me down and put this movie on (we had a copy because we recorded it off HBO one night) for me and I was amazed at how gory this film actually was (So gory, It originally received an -X- Rating). Ok, ok enough with the childhood crap.
Tina’s murder scene was a classic (but I think it is derived from Poltergeist), I mean the part was great when four “invisible” blade systematically sliced her stomach area (on the recorded version we used to have the fishing string that was holding Tina up was highly visible) and the blood came piling on after that, he then dragged up the wall, onto the ceiling, then fell to the bed, and then to the floor (the bed was covered in blood). The classic scene when Nancy pick up to answers the disconnected phone, and Freddy is on the other line and says “I’m your boyfriend now Nancy”.
The ultimate in gore was Glen’s murder scene where all that blood ejected out of his bed (which was meant to be all of Freddy’s victim’s blood). This is a pure exercise in horror cinema. One of the best horror films of the 80’s and is definitely Wes Craven’s best film. THE HOUSE OF HORRORS IS THE BEST SITE ON THE WEB!!! I CANT GET ENOUGH OF IT! If you have any objections. questions, or comments e-mail me!
RE: Nightmare on Elm Street
I remember the first time I saw “Nightmare on Elm Street”. I was about twelve and my mother had never let me watch a “slasher” movie before. I was wary of the genre, having heard from “true” horror fans that it was a brainless waste of time. It only took me fifteen minutes into the movie to realize that they were WRONG. What first struck me was not the gore and guts that I had heard so much about; it was the dark, almost fantasy-like story and the colorful, shocking visuals that grabbed my attention and held it. I don’t think anything has ever frightened me as much as Freddy’s seven-foot-arms scene. If it weren’t for this movie, I never would have been interested in “Halloween”, “Friday the 13th”, and “Hellraiser”.