Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Welcome horror fans, to Day 3 of the 31 DAYS OF HORROR!  We are back with another film in our lead up to Halloween, and today we discuss Wes Craven's second horror masterpiece, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.  Enjoy!

A Nightmare on Elm Street follows a group of teenagers in high school, who are being hunted, and murdered by a serial killer who goes about murdering them in their dreams. The serial killer is discovered to be Freddy Krueger, and he haunts these kids' dreams and murders them ruthlessly, refusing to stop until they're all dead.

This film lands in the category of original slasher films and incredible slasher films. We now know Freddy Krueger as a legend in the horror film category, and as with many other classic slasher films several sequels were made, possibly ruining the franchise. But, still the first installment of the series manages to stand above the rest. 

The first high note, is that it is possibly Craven's best film due to being an original story, with incredibly original characters making for exquisite on screen horror magic. Each of the characters in the film have a specific purpose, and each character has a certain on screen energy going on which is one thing that makes the film re-watchable even today. Even Freddy Krueger manages to bring a certain feeling of dread and horror to the slasher genre. With a master like Robert Englund at the helm, the characters definitely deliver the most punches in terms of good storytelling.

The horror element is incredible also. With some iconic shots, and sequences embedded into the film. For example when the claw of Krueger comes up in the bathtub, or Johnny Depp getting sucked into his bed. A Nightmare on Elm Street brings all the energy that Wes Craven has mastered in his other horror films, and manages to come out on top of the rest of his work. Craven has The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, and Scream, and is known for genre-bending and creating some of the most memorable characters who deliver some memorable and incredible quotes. Craven takes a sharp left turn into a more serious horror route and delivers a glorious magnum opus that is A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Joshua's Score: 8/10

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