31 Days of Horror: A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Well, the plan was to watch Re-Animator tonight but somehow my disc has a massive scratch in it, preventing me from seeing more than half of the film. So, I have been forced to replace it on the calendar with a classic that should’ve been on the list to begin with: A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is the story of Freddy Krueger, a child murderer who was burnt to death by vengeful parents for his crimes. To take his own revenge, Freddy stalks the dreams of the town’s children, murdering them in the dreams and feeding off of their fears.

When Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) starts having nightmares about a man in a striped sweater with a hand full of razor claws, her friends start to experience the same dreams only to die brutally in their sleep. Nancy has to find a way to destroy Freddy before she reaches the same fate.

If you’re a Johnny Depp fan, you give can a big thank you to Wes Craven for casting him in the film as this was his first role. His conclusion was one of the best death scenes in the entire series. The guy gets sucked into his bed and all that comes out is a giant eruption of blood.

Tina’s (Amanda Wyss) death was one of my first horror memories as a kid. Freddy is killing her in her dream but what her boyfriend Rod (Jsu Garcia), who woke to Tina’s screams, sees is Tina being dragged up the wall and clawed to death by an invisible force.

Nancy is one of the most popular final girls despite the fact that she is only in three films in the series.

Personally, I liked her better in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare but that isn’t to say that Nancy isn’t kind of a badass for being such a priss to begin with. She is very resourceful and creative in fighting Freddy, more so than any other final girl in the series.

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Freddy is comical but not enough to stop you from being afraid of him. He is the only killer who can get to you at your weakest point: Sleep. If, and only if, you figure out how to control your dreams do you have any chance of surviving against him. Nancy figured out how to beat him but not how to defeat him. Despite her attempts,
Freddy is already dead and cannot be destroyed.

Like I said, A Nightmare on Elm Street should have been on my calendar to begin with, as it should be on yours. There are only a couple more days until Halloween so celebrate the right way. Get your coffee pot ready and whatever you do, don’t fall asleep!

Just a giant nerd in love with horror, 80's action flicks, Star Wars and Harry Potter. Hit me up on Twitter or Instagram @scarletjupiter to talk horror or just to browse the horror collection.

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