Saturday, March 18, 2006

A Real Nightmare

A Nightmare on Elm Street inspires just that nightmares. I remember the first time I saw it when I was younger and I was afraid to go to bed afterward because it's in your sleep where Freddy Krueger can kill you.

Freddy Krueger was a child killer that was going to escape going to prison due to the fact that his warrent was signed incorrectly. The parents of the neighborhood took justice into their own hands and killed Krueger by burning him alive. Years later when the other children grew into teenagers Krueger came back to seek his revenge and kill the remaining children of the parents who killed him. To do that he comes back in their nightmares where the things he does come true in real life. The only one that realizes this is Nancy Thompson who goes without sleep for a whole week trying to stay alive. She can't convince anyone else that Krueger is a real threat with her increasing delirium causing everyone to think she is crazy.

If the plot alone doesn't scare you the was the movie was filmed will. Your imagination can run away with you because most of the film you can't see Krueger but you can hear him and you anticipate his appearance throughout the movie. You start to feel as jumpy as Nancy does. The special effects are still decent for today's standards as well. They weren't computer graphics but stunts played out in live action making them very realistic. The way the teenagers die is gorey and made my skin crawl.

This is one of Wes Craven's classic horrors and if you liked any of the Scream films you will probably enjoy this movie as well. Check it out here


Vladigogo said...

Mr. Depp makes an appearance in this flick.

A great scene where blood explodes out of a bed and onto the ceiling, or is it the other way around?

Meghan said...

This film was Depp's acting debut. He went to a friends audition for support and got the role instead. In his death scene he's asleep on the bed and Kreuger's razor gloved hand comes up and grabs him by the torso sucking him in through the bed. Then a torrent of blood then flows up from the bed and across the ceiling. It's a really creepy scene but the scene that creeped me out the most is the one where Tina Grey gets held up by an invisible force on the ceiling as her stomach is being shredded.