A Nightmare on Elm Street is amazing. It has the ability to make you jump, squirm, and not want to fall asleep for a while. The idea that someone can die, or be killed in a nightmare is frightening enough. The whole idea of "when do dreams and reality mold together?" But, add Freddy Krueger to the mix, and you've got yourself one hell of a scary movie.
Wes Craven made a film with a perfect mix of gore and psychological horror which inevitably will have you covering your eyes, but also peaking out to see what will happen next. I can't even begin to imagine the amount of kids who saw this movie, or even the trailer for that matter, and wouldn't go to sleep. As far back as I can recall, this film did extend my "Go to bed!" time to a few hours, because I definitely did not want to fall asleep after seeing this film at a tender age.
The character of Freddy, given the back story we're given, is one nasty fellow. A filthy child murderer who is let go because of a technicality, with some hints of potential molestation to boot, the parents took the law into their own hands and torched him for getting away with such heinous crimes. So, of course, he comes back, haunting the children of said parents who torched his Striped Sweater wearing ass, with revenge in his heart, and a kick ass glove to dish it all out with.
Robert Englund played the role perfectly. He had a certain swagger to him, almost to the point of showcases that Freddy did indeed take some sort of pleasure in killing the children of Elm Street.
So many memorable scenes: Tina being dragged up the walls and ceiling, being killed by an unseen Freddy, Glen being sucked into his bed by Freddy resulting in a huge geyser of blood shooting out. Great stuff.
This is actually Johnny Depps first film, and if you're reading my blog, you probably very well knew that already.
As far as Nightmares are concerned, this is a film that every Horror fan deserves to have in their library, and I guarantee that this is one movie you won't fall asleep during.