“One, two, Freddy ‘s coming for you/Three, four, better lock your door/Five, six, grab your crucifix./Seven, eight, gonna stay up late. Nine, ten, never sleep again./” — chant in “A Nightmare on Elm Street”
The classic ’80s blockbuster film A Nightmare on Elm Street was no doubt one of the scariest movies to ever hit national movie theaters.
While many horror flick watchers could ultimately accept serial killers or deadly monsters chasing them during the day, few could ultimately accept a crazy manic with a burned, disfigured face sporting a dingy hat and sweater who only surfaced at night. Probably more problematic to the few jumpy viewers of A Nightmare on Elm Street was the simple fact the insane madman with a metal-clawed glove attacked victims during one of the most vulnerable times in their lives – during their sleep.
The first installment of the highly-lucrative A Nightmare on Elm Street series was released on Nov. 9, 1984. Directed and written by horror mastermind Wes Craven, the plot of A Nightmare on Elm Street basically revolved around several Elm Street teenagers being frightened during their nightmares by the ghost of the evil-spirited Freddy Krueger, who was portrayed by veteran actor Robert Englund. As the story unfolded, viewers learned that Krueger was a child murderer whom the parents in the neighborhood burned alive in a boiler room after he was cleared of police charges on a technicality.
A Nightmare on Elm Street focused primarily on an avenging Freddy Krueger attacking Nancy Thompson, who was portrayed by actress Heather Langenkamp, and her neighborhood friends living on Elm Street. After Krueger murdered all her buddies one-by-one, Thompson fought back and killed the villain by dragging him out of the dream world, into the real world, and stripping him of his superpowers when she eventually stopped being scared of him.
A Nightmare on Elm Street also starred a fresh-faced Johnny Depp in his first major motion picture. Depp played Thompson’s boyfriend Glenn Lantz, whose horrific death will always be remembered when his sleeping body was snatched entirely into the bed by Freddy Krueger and his blood gushed out painting his bedroom’s entire ceiling red afterwards. Check out the gruesome scene at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGGrbOZrFqw.
The ’80s was truly a great decade for terror flicks with classics like Friday The 13th, The Shining, The Poltergeist, and The Thing. But what honestly made the first A Nightmare on Elm Street a movie classic during that crowded decade in film history was the combination of the mystery of slayer Freddy Krueger and the flick’s imaginative concept of how and when he slaughtered his young Elm Street victims.
Like food and water, sleep’s an absolute essential in life. Everybody enjoys a good night’s rest. However, after watching the gory classic A Nightmare on Elm Street for the first time, some squirmy viewers may have definitely lost some vital snooze for days or worse yet months.
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A Nightmare on Elm Street running time: 91 minutes