Angry’s Halloween Countdown, Top 31 Horror Movies #12

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#31: Magic

#30 Fallen

#29 The Birds

#28 THEM!

#27 Day of the Triffids

#26 Return of the Living Dead

#25 Phantasm

#24 Triangle

#23 Nosferatu

#22 Carrie

#21 Cujo

#20 Bram Stoker’s Dracula

#19 The Silence of the Lambs

#18 American Psycho

#17 Trick ‘r Treat

#16 The Thing

#15 Creepshow

#14 Frailty

#13 Hellraiser

1984 R 92 minutes

Years after being burned alive by a mob of angry parents, child murderer Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) returns to haunt the dreams — and reality — of local teenagers in Wes Craven’s spine-chilling slasher classic. As the town’s teens begin dropping like flies, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) and her boyfriend, Glen (Johnny Depp, in his big-screen debut), devise a plan to lure the monster out of the realm of nightmares and into the real world.

Cast:
Robert Englund, Johnny Depp, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Jsu Garcia, Charles Fleischer, Joseph Whipp, Lin Shaye, Joe Unger, Mimi Craven, Jack Shea, Ed Call
Director:
Wes Craven
Genres:
Horror Movies, Cult Horror Movies, Slasher and Serial Killer Movies, Supernatural Horror Movies, Teen Screams
This movie is:
Violent, Exciting, Scary
Availability:
DVD and Blu-ray

I love A Nightmare On Elm Street. Every time i watch this i think it has a terrific energy and strength running all the way through it. I like the way the film starts with Freddy Krueger making his finger knife glove in his basement, then the music kicks in (what a creepy score) as the first teenager is frantically running around his maze-like Boiler Room in her dream state. Freddy is only hinted at in the shadows or ripping through cloth with his glove and I enjoy the way you can hear animals and creepy noises emitting from all around Tina, as she becomes cornered before Freddy comes out of the shadows. A great opening that sets the tone for the rest of the film.

Tina Grey is played by Amanda Wyss, who is really good in her role for the short time she is in this film. I always remember her character in this film the way I remember the Chrissie Watkins character at the start of Jaws, I think you know what I’m coming too. Tina’s encounter with Freddy in her backyard is one of my favorite moments in the movie. It’s dark, creepy, gritty and there’s blood. Heather Langenkamp is excellent in this film. Shes fairly attractive and gives 100% as Tina’s friend Nancy Thompson who starts to have the same nightmares. My favorite moments with Nancy are mostly her scary encounters with Freddy scored to an energetic music beat by Charles Bernstein. I would say part of the movie’s success is down to his chillingly memorable score. I also love the bathroom scene when Nancy falls asleep, absolutely gross and hilarious at the same time. The thing is, these ‘funny’ moments are actual imaginations of how Freddy wants to prey on his victims before killing them, this is done in this first film with a measured discipline, then you watch The Dream Master and Freddy is basically killing kids while being 100% comic about it. This is the one true Nightmare on Elm Street for me. While some of the lines from Freddy were comedic in this one, they weren’t overdone and it was Freddy’s way of freaking out his victims and playing with them. The rest of the movies just became campy horror comedies appealing to the lowest common denominator where the humor outdid the horror and Freddy was playing to the audience and not the characters in the movie.

Another favorite scene in this film is when Nancy is following Tina’s corpse down the hall in her school (after falling asleep in class) and runs into a prefect women who states ‘Wheres your pass?’ Nancy doesn’t respond in kind, and as she goes running down the hall, the girl reveals herself to be Freddy ‘No running in the hallway’ an eerie moment with a humorous one liner that isn’t overdone and doesn’t distract from the terror.Finally, special mention must go to Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. This actor’s contribution to the character is 100% superb. I think that Freddy Krueger IS Robert Englund and vice versa, even though a lot of his moments in this film are about injecting a scary visual presence, he also creates a sort of mysteriousness before the film’s revelation of: Who is he? Where does he come from? Why is he doing these things? After the third film of the series, Englund would become a Hollywood star and a horror icon. Rightfully so.A Nightmare On Elm Street is a classic horror thriller and to me is one of the best horror movies ever made.

Ok that shit is just creepy. I don’t even know what to write about it other than this is an amazing score that once you hear the music you never really forget it.

Some facts about A Nightmare On Elm Street!
  • The inspiration for the character of Freddy came from several sources in Wes Craven’s childhood. Fred Krueger was a schoolmate of Craven with whom he had shared a paper route, and who had bullied him for several years. In The Last House on the Left, Craven also used this experience as inspiration, calling the villain Krug. Freddy’s appearance (especially the dirty clothes and hat) was inspired by a hobo who Craven saw staring at him through his window one day when he was ten.
  • Wes Craven’s original concept for Freddy Krueger was considerably more gruesome, with teeth showing through the flesh over the jaw, pus running from the sores, and a part of the skull showing through the head. Make-up artist David B. Miller argued that an actor couldn’t be convincingly made up that way and a puppet would be hard to film and wouldn’t blend well with live actors, so these ideas were eventually abandoned.
  • The scene where Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is attacked by Freddy in her bathtub was shot using a bottomless tub, which was put in a bathroom set that had been built over a swimming pool. During the underwater sequence, Langenkamp was replaced with stuntwoman Christina Johnson. Langenkamp spent 12 hours in the bath during filming.
  • Wes Craven wrote the script and presented it in 1981 to try to sell it to a major studio, but no one wanted it. He said that “It just flew around” for three years until New Line Cinema picked it up.
  • Freddy Kruger was designed by Wes Craven to be the typical “silent” serial killer such as Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers. But in the sequels Freddy developed a cheeky persona that enabled him to be the black humored villain.
  • The original glove was used in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge, and was also seen in Evil Dead II. However, when Wes Craven loaned the glove to the _A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors’ set, it was lost, and has never been located since.
  • Over 500 gallons of fake blood were used during the making of the film.
  • The words “Elm Street” are not spoken at all during the movie.
  • This was Johnny Depp’s first film.

11 days to Halloween!

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