Film #19 of the Halloween 31
This was the horror classic at the theatre at which I volunteer. I watched this film on AMC a few years ago, and I remember liking it, but Freddy Krueger isn't my favorite slasher villain, and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" isn't my favorite Wes Craven film. In re-visiting it, I realized that a lot of the things in the film that used to be scary didn't hold up well.
The best part about this film is its inventiveness. The film plays on the true fears of many people in that most people experience nightmares that are based on their own fears. As such, we as the audience immediately relate to the protagonist. The film also does a very good job of creating the dream world, weaving between different settings seamlessly, much like what occurs in an actual dream. While I don't usually like a film's setting to have a chaotic feeling to it, I believe that it works in this film. There are also some scenes that are extremely creepy and hold up well, such as the bathtub scene.
That being said, there are a tremendous amount of things that look comedic with today's technology. The tongue coming out of the phone, the removed face, and the geyser of blood from the bed are examples of these. While not really the fault of the film, as that was the technology available at the time, it does distract a bit from the atmosphere. Additionally, there is a good amount of plot holes in this film, but those aren't distracting.
So overall, I like "A Nightmare on Elm Street", but it isn't great. It's still creepy, but its special effects that were once scary no longer hold up.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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