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A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Directed By Wes Craven

A Nightmare on Elm street is what I would consider a horror classic. It's a movie that I would actually call frightening, which is something you couldn't label any of today's horror movies. Today's horror movies rely on loud noises, screams, and other jumpy, and shouting moments. Horror movies have lost there way over the past 10-20 years, they have forgotten what scary actually is, they have forgotten what actually make the audience jump, scream, and leave the cinema actually scared. Thank god we still have the old Horror movies like Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and of course A Nightmare On Elm Street.


Wes Craven's original concept for Freddy Krueger was considerably more gruesome, with teeth showing through the flesh over the jaw, pus running from the sores, and a part of the skull showing through the head. Make-up artist David B. Miller argued that an actor couldn't be convincingly made up that way and a puppet would be hard to film and wouldn't blend well with live actors, so these ideas were eventually abandoned.

The scene where Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is attacked by Freddy in her bathtub was shot using a bottomless tub, which was put in a bathroom set that had been built over a swimming pool. During the underwater sequence, Langenkamp was replaced with stuntwoman Christina Johnson. Langenkamp spent 12 hours in the bath during filming.

Freddy Kruger is a character icon, he's one of the most recognisable horror characters of all time, and a genius creation by Wes Craven. Craven is somewhat of a horror legend now, and what he done with A Nightmare On Elm Street was very clever. Teens terrified of going to sleep in case they run into Freddy has the viewer on the edge of there seat, your screaming don't go asleep, your wondering if they are asleep, or awake, which is something we all experience for our selfs. Everything about this movie is very well made, the sound track is terrifying, Freddy Kruger is terrifying, the flipping movie is terrifying.