A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

nightmare_on_elm_street1984Director: Wes Craven

Writer: Wes Craven

Tagline: She is the only one who can stop it… if she fails, no one survives.

Plot: In the dreams of his victims, a specteral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.

Cast: John Saxon – Lt. Thompson

Ronee Blakley – Marge Thompson

Heather Langenkamp – Nancy Thompson

Amanda Wyss – Tina Gray

Jsu Garcia – Rod Lane

Review (spoilers):

My friend is a big fan of this movie so this review is dedicated to him.

In this movie we have a guy with a burned face who kills children in their sleep with his razorblade glove thingy.  So the point is simple: stay awake or die. He kills few kids, later we find out that he is Freddy Kruger, an infamous child murderer who killed many of them in his days! He was brutally murdered by town’s folk, they threw him in some boiler room and just burned him. Yeey! Happy ending! Or maybe not? He somehow returns (we don’t know how but we don’t care) to the world of living, to be more precisely to the world of dreams for his brutal revenge.  He starts to kill innocent kids.

Just the plot of this movie makes it worth watching, I must admit I didn’t realize that the movie will be so creepy. In the beginning we have a sex scene(or after sex scene – can’t remember anymore) interrupted by a bloody kill. Sex killing scenes are definitely becoming cliche these days. The effects in that scene are great, it is very disturbing: the girl is being thrown all around the room by herself, there is blood all around and her boyfriend just doesn’t know what to do in all that panic ( he is afterwards found guilty for her death). A splendid opening!

I can’t actually remember what did occur after that but now the main character is Nancy, a poor little girl who finds out what is going on but nobody believes her. She has terrible nightmares, Freddy is after her all the time blah blah blah.  However, that part was decently done; the only bad thing I found about it is Nancy herself.  I didn’t found her acting to please my appetite. I just can’t picture her as a final girl in slasher movies, if you ask me young Heather Langenkamp wasn’t the perfect choice for that role but no matter.

On the other hand, you got the character of Glen Lantz, played by Johnny Depp! That movie was his first role. So if you want to see him brutally murdered while he is having an awful haircut, this is the movie for you! I know, I enjoyed it : )! Anyways he made a decent job so the overall acting in the movie was on a decent level.

Back to the plot:  Nancy tries to prove someone that she is not telling lies. They even send her to some medical institution where her dreams are being observed, that scene was very creepy.  When that fails she tries to get rid of Freddy herself.  We see few of her nightmares which have a good, dark atmosphere, I found them very enjoyable.  She has a new plan: to wire the whole house with gadget and contraptions which will help her capture Freddy. So we come to the most stupid scene in the whole movie.

Ok, that scene is just god damn terrible!! The movie was good all the time till that scene, I mean what the fuck? I wasn’t sure what was I watching anymore, A Nightmare on Elm Street or some stupid Home Alone sequel. Freddy is chasing Nancy all around the house and he is being hit all the time by some stupid, amateur contraptions.  A cheap Tom & Jerry rip off! However, she keeps him long enough until her father shows up and they kill him after or something, if I’m correct he was again burned to death? How unsuspected, a poor girl found her inner strength and somehow defeats a serial killer who is 43583 times bigger than her. The sad thing about it that I was expecting something like that, ahhh movie cliches, you got to love them ; ). Fortunately those scenes didn’t last a long period of time.

But the movie makes up for it the last scene where we see Freddy is again somehow back. The scariest part of the whole movie is the one when he grabs Nancy’s mom through the house door, I didn’t see that one coming. The worst thing in the last scene is that is making space for a sequel, and I’m not a huge fan of sequels.

My rating: 8/10…All in all, it is a cult movie, with a good reason, I find it very good and watchable, it is creepy from time to time. Although it has it’s stupid parts.

One Response to “A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)”

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