A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
Directed By: Wes Craven
Written By: Wes Craven
Starring: John Saxon; Heather Langenkamp; Johnny Depp; Robert Englund
Released: November 1984
“I’m your boyfriend now, Nancy!”
I have never been a fan of the Nightmare on Elm Street series as a whole. I often found them silly and after every chapter Freddie Krueger became more and more retarded. Anyone that could come up with a wittier bon mot then him could live to see another day. In fact, I would almost consider the 2010 remake a better film as Freddie is far more menacing and frightening in that installment, but to do so would be a great diss-service to the original. I haven’t seen the movie in years, but most notably for me is Johnny Depp’s “bloody” death, the razor-gloved hand pervertedly creeping on Nancy in the water as the poor stressed girl is trying to have a relaxing tub, and of course her getting french-kissed by a rotary phone (You mean they didn’t have speed dial? Oh the horror!) The kids nursery rhyme: “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” is scary in its own right. The movie has a lot of really cool special effects (which is really what prompted me to include the movie on my list). The first one is worth a watch for any true horror fan…the sequels not so much!