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Snake Plissken’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
"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. "
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Nobody cares Bitch.
The only reason to watch this shit is...FREDDY!
Freddy was born out of revenge and baptized by fire, when the local townsfolk of Springwood lynched his ass and burned him alive for killing younglings. Unlike Jason Voorhees and Micheal Myers, who are both basically indestructible, relentless, brute-force killers. Freddy doesn't just kill his prey, he toys with them using their own worst fears against them. Freddy’s interactions with his victims perversely border on seduction, similar to Dracula. Every death that occurs in the film takes place in bed, and Tina (Amanda Wyss) is the only one seen penetrated with the knives. Glen (Johnny Depp) is killed off-screen, he actually isn’t stabbed or sliced, we just see the massive geyser of blood that erupts in his room.
The idea for A Nightmare on Elm Street came from a news story Wes Craven stumbled across about a Cambodian refugee boy from the Killing Fields who was plagued with nightmares. One night, his parents heard him screaming. He had died in his sleep. As a child Craven was bullied by a kid called Fred Krueger and when the time came for him to think of a name for a child molesting motherfucker who murders people in their sleep, he opted to use his bully’s name because fuck bullies! Krueger’s look was inspired by a homeless man who was apparently just as scary Krueger himself. Craven really makes you think about the division between dreams and waking / between fantasy and reality / between other worlds and this one. Wes Craven was more than just a master of horror, he was genius, who understood the human condition and how to exploit it to scare us.
Freddy Krueger is one of the most iconic characters in cinema history. He is a textbook serial killer with almost god-like powers. He operates in the dreamworld and attacks you when you're most vulnerable. You can't run from him, all you can do is make friends with coffee and try to stay awake. Basically if Freddy’s after you…your fucked. The best performance in this movie and every subsequent Nightmare on Elm Street film is Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. The man steals every scene he's in, he's funny, scary, sadistic, sardonic and entertaining. And no matter what he does to his victims, he somehow remains likable. Without Englund, Freddy would just be some asshole burn victim in a Christmas sweater with a wicked glove. Freddy Krueger is litterly your worst nightmare and the dark, twisted embodiment of the candy colored clown they call the sandman.