Monday, March 1, 2010
MARCH OF DEATH: A Nightmare On Elm Street (Original)
The MARCH of Death, Day 1: A Nightmare On Elm Street
REMINDER: These reviews will be brief, as there are 31 in total to write this month. The purpose is to give a few brief thoughts about each film and consequently open the door to discussion.
Nightmare is a film I actually haven't revisited in quite some time. I felt compelled to do so due to the impending release of the remake. Let me say that nostalgia goes a long way in helping this film stand the test of time. The story remains solid no matter what the year: Child killer takes revenge against children (in their dreams) whose parents burnt him alive. You die in your dream... You die in real life. The kills also remain inventive. But what really makes the viewing experience just as enjoyable today as it was back when it first clawed it's way onto the big screen is Freddy Krueger. Less the maniac joker he became in the later installments; in the original, Robert Englund channels straight up evil. People will point to Last House on the Left, Swamp Thing, and maybe even The Serpent and the Rainbow. However for me, this is what Wes Craven will be remembered for. Like Jaws made us afraid to go in the water, Freddy Krueger made us all afraid to go to sleep. One, Two, Freddy's coming for you... Three, Four, better lock your door..........
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Robert Englund and Heather Langenkamp
7/10 Farmhouses ~ Chris Conduit