Sunday, April 25, 2010

Nightmare on Elm Street is definitely a classic, one of the first to begin the slasher genre in the 80’s. I thought it was really interesting to see how hard it was to do things before computer animation and what not. They had to make it really happen on film. And yeah there were some parts that were obviously fake looking and even laughable, like when the mom gets pulled in through the window at the very end. It’s so obviously a doll, the legs even stay stiff as she’s being pulled in. But I really admire Wes Craven (the director) for sticking to what he wanted. If I was directing and a scene would be really hard to pull off like that, I’d probably just switch up the script a little bit. But he knew what he wanted and stuck with it. There is a predominant childhood fear about what’s under the bed. But twice in this film people get pulled into their bed while they’re laying on it. Which means you’re not even safe on top of your bed anymore… or in your dreams. Even though it was a little cheesy at time, if you allow yourself to play along and get into the film it can still be pretty creepy. The new film looks much more frightening and I can’t wait to see it!

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