I made it! With today's post, I will have done 1,500 posts. I wasn't so sure that I was going to make it this year, but I have been better about getting some writing done of late. As I mentioned before, I wanted to do something special for this post. I haven't done a favorite movie since I hit 1,000 posts, so this felt like a good time to do one again. I not only wanted to do a favorite movie but also start off a series review. I haven't done any of the big three franchises yet, outside of remakes pretty much. My choices were Friday The 13th, Halloween, or A Nightmare On Elm Street. As you can see from the poster, I ended up going with the latter. I did so mostly because out of the three, I don't remember a whole lot from the middle films in this series. This made a good excuse to watch them all again.
Imagine if you will, the year would be 1999 and I was a mear 12 years old at the time. It also happened to be my first real New Year's party for me. I had been to some before, but with my dad. This year was a little different. My dad went to a New Year's party where the host had set up the garage for us kids. A parent would check on us now and then to make sure everyone was behaving, but for the most part, it was just us kids. Most of the kids there were older and I didn't know them very well, so I kept to myself for the most part. I mingled some, but not a whole lot. Someone was putting a movie in once in a while and a small group of us would watch the movie now and then. I don't remember which movies for the most part, but the one I do remember was A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984). It would be the first time watching this movie for me and I don't recall if this happened in 1999 or if the new year had come in by then, making it the year 2000. Anyway, I was into scary movies by then so it didn't take long for this movie to pull me in. I forgot all about the party and those around me as A Nightmare On Elm Street played out in front of me. Once in a great while I would turn around and tell whoever was there that they had to watch this movie, but otherwise, my eyes were on the TV. Of course, this film has become a favorite of mine since that night.
I think every horror fan worth their salt knows what A Nightmare On Elm Street is all about. Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) and some her friends are experiencing what feels like some very real dreams. Someone, who they later find out is Fred Krueger (Robert Englund), has found a way to terrorize them in their dreams because their parents were responsible for his death.
A Nightmare On Elm Street is considered a classic these days. It was considered a classic when I first got to watch it I do believe. I don't always love every film that is considered a classic though. This film is so easy to fall in love with. From the opening scene with Tina experiencing a dream with Freddy, for perhaps the first time, it was easy to see that writer/director Wes Craven has something special in store for us. As much as I love this film, I do have a few problems with it, but I will get into that in a bit. Instead, I wanted to talk about why I like it so much. A large part of this had to do with the acting and the characters. Craven created a small group of teens who are likable and, perhaps even more importantly, they come across as friends. There is very little conflict between the friends. When there is, it mostly comes from Tina's boyfriend Rod. Craven created a great character in Nancy. A character who is obviously scared of Freddy, but is still willing to fight back all the same. Then there is also Freddy. Robert Englund nailed the role and it remains his best-known role even today. I had always heard that if you die in your dream, you will die in your sleep for real. Now we have a character that is in your dreams with his whole purpose being to kill you in your sleep. It was genius! I was also impressed by the various effects that were found. I don't think all the effects hold up today, but they are still some that I like a lot. From Freddy cutting on himself to different effects that fit dreams so well.
The things I didn't like so well are how Freddy seems to be able to control things in the real world while still in the dream world. While some of the things look very cool, like Johbby Depp;s death scene, I often wondered how Freddy was able to move things in the real world without being visible. Tina ending up on the ceiling was cool looking but didn't make a lot of sense. Hanging Rod also didn't make a lot of sense to me. I also thought that the story was getting a little silly by the end of it. Nancy's mom disappearing into her bed and especially the way they ended the film. Over the years I have heard how they couldn't decide on an ending and while this isn't the worst way to end the film, I just never cared for it.
A Nightmare On Elm Street is a film that I have watched a lot since that first time. While I do feel a little burned out on it these days, I will still give it a watch now and then. In fact, as I always do, I watched it before doing this write-up. Like other films I have highlighted, I probably didn't need to because of how many times I have watched it. Anyway, I'm looking forward to giving the rest of the series another watch as well. I have watched them all already, but not near as many times as the film that started it all. I hope you all enjoyed my little write-up here. I enjoyed telling you all my little story.