Justin Peterson’s review published on Letterboxd:
Halloween Movie Fest 2018
Don't fall asleep because your worst nightmare will come to slice you up in your dreams!!!
"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!"
I am really late to the party on this one, but I am happy to say that master horror Writer and Director Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street is a perfect horrifying blend of fun and scares! I was not exposed to many horror films as a kid, so many of the major slasher franchises of the 80s make up a huge void in my film watching experience. I was always so curious about the VHS covers in Blockbuster for movies like 'Hellraiser', but at the time I was always too freaked out to try and give them a watch.
"Whatever you do... don't fall asleep."
Freddy was always one of the monsters I was freaked out by as a kid, mostly because of that brilliant makeup on actor Robert Englund's face. The character is so iconic with his signature stripped sweater, hat, and metal knife fingered glove; so I was way past due on checking out why A Nightmare on Elm Street is so cherished among the horror community.
"You wanna know who Fred Krueger was? He was a filthy child murderer who killed at least 20 kids in the neighborhood... kids we all knew"
I thought it was brilliant how Craven included this goofy perversion within Freddy's character like how he rapidly flicks his tongue, to help lighten up the tension between scares. All the horror effects are so innovative and still hold up today. My favorite had to be the moment when he attacks the main character Nancy played by Heather Langenkamp in the bathtub, where we see his glove rise from beneath the sudsy bath water and pull her down into the depths on tub within the dream world. The only scene I had seen before was that amazing death from first time actor at the time Johnny Depp, when he gets eaten by the bed and all the blood begins flowing up to the ceiling. And seeing that within the context of the movie made it even creepier.
The only slight negative I had, was that the gory action seemed to slow down a bit heading into Nancy's final confrontation with Freddy. I suppose that was meant to amp up tension, but all I was thinking was "get on with it!" lol.
That minor knit pick aside A Nightmare on Elm Street is an all time classic in the horror genre, that defined a whole class of cinephiles that crave the fun and bloody scares of a good slasher flick.
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Happy movie watching.... SKOL!