1984; Rated R; 92 Minutes
John Saxon: Lt. Thompson
Ronee Blakley: Marge Thompson
Heather Langenkamp: Nancy Thompson
Amanda Wyss: Tina Gray
Nick Corri: Rod Lane
Johnny Depp: Glen Lantz
Robert Englund: Fred Krueger
Produced by Robert
Shaye and Sara Risher; Directed and Screenwritten by
by DAVID KEYES
is a dimension that lies beyond reality. People, every night,
go there, where there are endless possibilities and hundreds
of things that could happen. They're called dreams, and
every living being has them. They take us to a place where
things in real life seem impossible; where people can have
whatever they want, lose whatever they don't want, and just
about anything else.
are not always on the cheerful side, though. Those we call
"nightmares" are dreams that people wish they would never
have. Unlike normal dreams, nightmares directly correspond
with evil and fearsome places and people.
possibilities are endless, really. There could be evil objects,
dark worlds, and creepy beings in them: there's really no
way to tell how many or what will show up in them. But assuredly,
one of the most common things in nightmares is someone who
is trying to kill you. We can be in an alley, turn around,
and here a mocking laughter get louder as a demonic shape
comes toward us. These are the real demons of nightmares,
and they are by far the most brutal and memorable.
ever aspect, Wes Craven's masterpiece "A Nightmare On Elm
Street" is a reflection of these demons and shapes we have
in our nightmares. At the very beginning of the movie, we
see a man creating some sort of mechanism for his hand,
which, once place on, displays four large razor blades.
Split seconds later, we see the figure of young Tina Gray,
who seems to be wandering the corridors of an old abandoned
boiler room. She sees the figure of this monster, and screams
while running down more corridors. When she thinks she has
been caught by the figure, she wakes up in her own bed,
with her nightgown savagely slashed in four places.
next day, Tina tells three close friends of hers about this
dream, and soon, others confide that they are having the
exact dreams. They involve a man in a dirty red and green
sweater, with a hat that displays the name Fred Krueger.
He also has those viscous "finger knives," which he uses
to slice and dice his victims.
movie then goes into several situations involving Krueger,
all until one teenager is left alive, and her parents confide
in her that this person she is dreaming about was once a
child killer on Elm Street. Families, after learning he
was release from prison, found him in an old boiler room,
and burned him to death.
is all I'm going to describe, because this is no ordinary
movie. This is a film where we feel we are living inside
it: where a man named Krueger is chasing us through allies
and corridors with his finger knives and mocking laughter.
performances sustained in the film are very convincing.
Heather Langenkamp (Nancy), the last of the teenagers to
survive, acts as the antagonist of Krueger's impulses, therefore
making her valuable to people in the audience. She is our
protection: our only reason for surviving the experience.
Meanwhile, Krueger, played by Robert Englund, tortures his
audience with the scraping of his knives across metal, and
his diabolical, creepy laughter. We he shows up on screen,
you can barely see him: he is shrouded in darkness, suitable
for the films feeling of reality.
I sound crazy? Does anyone else feel the same way about
"A Nightmare On Elm Street" as I do? I hope so. I hope I'm
speaking for the majority of Craven's audience. Here is
a film that compares to some of the greats of the genre:
a film that can be no closer to reality; a film that matches
us against our true fears. No, there has never been a movie
like it, and there never will be.
you feel a different way, then you really have no business
seeing "A Nightmare On Elm Street."
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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