10/31/12 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE RECOMMENDATION #31 – A Nightmare on Elm Street.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

One… two… Freddy’s coming for you…
Three… four…  better lock your door…
Five… six…  grab your crucifix…
Seven… eight…  better stay up late…
Nine… ten…  never sleep again…

Seriously, how incredible was that song???  Every year on Halloween, I save a real special movie.  Even if sometimes it may be a rather obvious choice, it doesn’t matter.  Halloween deserves a pick worthy of this special spooky day.  Two years ago it was Martyrs; last year it was Halloween; and now this year it’s A Nightmare on Elm Street.  Like I said, I know this may be an obvious choice, but sometimes people need a little reminder about the classics.  A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of my all time favorites.  In fact, I’ve wanted to include it on my picks in years past, but I knew I had to save a few special movies for upcoming Halloweens.  Finally, here, A Nightmare on Elm Street gets its due.  There are many reasons why A Nightmare on Elm Street works, and they’re pretty easy to list.  First and foremost, there’s Freddy Krueger, a truly one of a kind creation.  The “bastard son of 100 maniacs” was a child molester who was burned alive, only to come back and haunt the people who wronged him in their kids’ dreams.  Can you get any better than that as far as a maniacal backstory?  His striped sweater, burned face, and razor gloved hand will live in the horror annals forever.  But, in addition, you’ve got horror icon Wes Craven directing.  Win.  You’ve got a great cast of horror greats like Robert Englund, John Saxon, Lin Shaye, Heather Langenkamp, and even a young Johnny Depp.  Win again.  You’ve got some inventive scenes and gore that fit the 80’s perfectly (blood volcano!)  Another win.  But really at the end of the day, in my opinion, what made this film stick like no other is it’s utterly simple and ingenious premise.  A killer stalks you when you sleep.  He kills you in your dreams.  Ultimate win.  How do you escape sleep?  You can’t.  No matter how much coffee or pills you take, sleep will eventually take over.  There’s nowhere to run from it.  There’s nowhere to hide from it.  It will get you.  That.  Is.  Perfect.  I dream of coming up with a premise that perfect.  I know some people may watch this and think some scenes are silly (Freddy’s long arms in one scene, for instance), but that’s absolutely ridiculous.  Always watch movies with the eyes of the same time period, and in that time period that was incredible.  Like I said, Halloween deserves a special movie.  And this is a special movie.  Rewatch A Nightmare on Elm Street, relive the nightmare, and I promise that you’ll have that song running in your head for weeks to come.

Happy Halloween everybody.

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