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A Nightmare on Elm Street Digitally Remastered
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Digitally remastered, this is the original Nightmare film that started it all. Written and directed by Wes Craven and starring Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, A Nightmare on Elm Street remains an innovative and shocking horror-fantasy.
- Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
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We get our introduction to child murdering serial killer turned dream demon serial killer Freddy Krueger. Not alot is known about Freddy as yet but you find out a bit about his history, his glove with sharp claws is his weapon of choice, there's only a little mention of his limitless powers in the dream world, and this movie is one of the few that actually mentions that not only does Freddy get strong eating off his victims fear, but if they're brave enough they can take it back from Freddy.
We get introduced to Nancy Thompson(Heather Langenkamp) a beautiful and unassuming high school student, her wise-cracking boyfriend Glen Lantz(Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Lone Ranger), her beautiful nightmare ridden best friend Christina "Tina" Gray, and her also wise-cracking boyfriend Rod Lane(Nick Corri).
Some Facts About The Film: Wes Craven wrote and directed the movie and was produced by Robert Shaye. The musical score was by Charles Bernstein. The cinematography was by Jacques Haitkin. The production companies are New Line Cinema Media Home Entertainment and Smart Egg Pictures. It was distributed by New Line Cinema. It was released to theaters on November 9, 1984. It's production budget was $1.8 million and it made $25.5 million at the box office.
The special effects to this day still look awesome. Among my top faves are: Freddy's shape showing through the wall, Freddy busting through glass, and Marge's bed death.
While the body count was low, the kills were pretty unique. Tina's ceiling death was not only horrifying but also very different and original at the time of the movie. My most favorite is Glen's death. It was shocking, disgusting, and I have never seen anything like it before.
The score is special and quite nerve inducing the way it can sound only slightly eerie yet calm at first and then frightening as anything.
Unfortunately Robert Englund doesn't play Freddy with the sense of humor and sarcasm that he does later on in the series, but it's quite slapstick-y hilarious when Nancy hurts Freddy with her homemade booby traps.
The cast are some truly beautiful people: Heather Langenkamp is drop dead gorgeous(even now) and is just smokin' hot. Amanda Wyss is uniquely beautiful sizzling hot. Johnny Depp and Nick Corri are both strikingly handsome. They all made for two attractive couples.
Nancy is an impressive heroine as not only the chaste virgin, but the ordinary girl going from frightened and timid to having solutions to her conflict with Freddy and her father locking her up, and as a result becomes toughened and somewhat militant in the end.
Overall, what Wes Craven created one forward thinking gem of a slasher throwing in a supernatural element as well as a created a serial killer who's tough to beat as he kills you from your dreams straight to reality. Robert Englund of whom had a small appearance in another great horror movie called Eaten Alive before this, put in one tremendous performance as Freddy Krueger. The main cast are all beautiful people. A couple of the kills were so unique and creative. Freddy is frightening just by not knowing much about him(yet) alone. For anyone who loves a supernatural horror movie, a unique slasher, or even a creepy yet charismatic serial killer, then this classic mid-80's slasher would be just the ticket. In general this is one very essential slasher that belongs in every horror fans collection as it took great risks and became one brilliant classic in the end.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET was set in the fictional Midwestern town of Springwood, Ohio revolves around several teenagers who are killed by the relentless Freddy Kruger(Robert Englund)in their dreams if they fall asleep, thus causing their death in reality with the teenagers Nancy Thompson(Heather Langenkamp), Tina Gray(Amanda Wyss), Glen Lantz(Johnny Depp), and Rod Lane(Nicholas Cori) all being unaware of the cause of this strange phenomenon since, but their furious vengeful parents hold a dark secret from long ago about Freddy being a convicted child murderer whom they hunted & burned to death and is now manipulating their children to exact his revenge on the neighbors who killed him from beyond the grave.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET was released in the Fall of 1984 and was on an estimated budget of $1.8 million which was a sum this film earned back on its first week and was an instant success amassing a total of $25.5 million at the box office.
Additionally, Wes Craven's A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is credited on many troops found in low-budget horror flicks of the 1970's and 1980's, originating in John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN which had its theatrical release in the Fall of 1978 along with the fact that A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET was the scariest movie since HALLOWEEN back then as well, including the morality play that revolves around sexual promiscuity in teenagers resulting in their eventual death, leading to the term "slasher film" along with the fact that the creation of the Freddy Krueger character in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET was also inspired by the Michael Myers character in HALLOWEEN.
Unfortunately, this horror flicks sequel A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET-PART II: FREDDY'S REVENGE didn't do nearly as well as the original since the sequel tanked at the box office during its theatrical release in the Fall of 1985 and was called "The Bummer of the Summer" back in 1986 since Wes Craven refused to be a part of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET-PART 2 since its director(Jack Sholder)changed the premise of its predecessor by having Freddy attack people in the waking world instead of murdering them in their dreams, plus Craven didn't like the idea of Freddy manipulating the protagonist into committing the murders either.
In addition to why A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET I did so much better than A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET PART II; the reception from most critics was very negative since much of the criticism of "Freddy's Revenge" in the title of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET-PART 2 was aimed at the fact that the film while continuing the storyline of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET I taking on a completely different direction which made Wes Craven's situation with A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET-PART II: FREDDY'S REVENGE very similar to John Carpenter's situation with HALLOWEEN 2 when it was released in theaters back in the Fall of 1981 since Carpenter declined to direct the sequel to his masterpiece HALLOWEEN that was released on Wednesday October 25, 1978 since Carpenter like Craven didn't even want or plan on making a sequel, which was why HALLOWEEN II didn't come out until 3 years later from its predecessor, despite the fact that HALLOWEEN 2 was an awesome successful flick and sequel that was almost as successful as HALLOWEEN I was, unlike A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET-PART 2, especially since they don't make sequels they way they used to either.
Since John Carpenter refused to direct HALLOWEEN 2 during its theatrical release on Halloween weekend of 1981, the directors position to John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN was given to director Rick Rosenthal who did an awesome job with making HALLOWEEN II virtually identical to its predecessor by making HALLOWEEN 2 conclude from HALLOWEEN I on the same night which was supposedly Halloween night of 1978 proving to viewers that the nightmare & ordeal with Michael Myers wasn't over yet.
Additionally; the success & popularity of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET eventually led to the inspiration of Wes Craven's future horror flicks like DEADLY FRIEND in the Fall of 1986, SHOCKER in the Fall of 1989, and SCREAM in the Fall of 1996 just like the creation of HALLOWEEN inspired John Carpenter with future flicks like THE FOG in the Winter of 1980, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK in the Summer of 1981, THE THING in the Summer of 1982, and CHRISTINE in the Fall of 1983.
So now I'm anxious to see if Bayer's version of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET from the Spring of 2010 isn't as messed up as Zombie's version of HALLOWEEN that came out in the Summer of 2007 since remakes are never as good as the originals, including PSYCHO and CARRIE.