CLASSIC ICONIC SLASHER
Director: Wes Craven
Writer: Wes Craven
Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund
Release Date: 16 November 1984
Budget: $1,800,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $1,271,000
Production Co: New Line Cinema, Media Home Entertainment, Smart Egg Pictures
DID YA KNOW:
- Disney was the first studio to want to work with Wes Craven on this asking him to tone down the content so that Kids and Pre-Teens could watch it. Wes obviously passed.
- Sam Raimi's Evil Dead is show multiple times throughout the movie. There is a poster and the movie is seen on a television in a scene
500 Gallons of Fake blood is used in the movie!
Well this is it Horror fans, the grand-daddy of them all... Well not really but its up there, this movie is one of the reasons I am watching Horror movies today. Freddy Kruger is one of the scariest and well known horror icons, and for some reason I am proud I was born a year before he began invading kids dreams all around Elm St.
I wanted to watch Nightmare on Elm Street before the remake came out. This is one of those movies that I believe doesn't need to be remade but hey... what can I do? Robert Englund is Freddy Kruger. Notice that I didn't say Robert Englund plays Freddy... He IS Freddy! Everyone that I know somehow snuck somewhere to see Freddy in some form. I know that last sentence is really convoluted.
Now there are a couple of different ways that we know Freddy, we know him as the homicidal child killer and we know him as the hilarious one-line spouting freak fest. In this movie we are introduced to him as Freddy the Homicidal Maniac who invades teenagers dreams as a form of revenge to the parents that killed him for being a child murder. If you didn't know that I don't understand why your watching Horror movies. This is like the standard in horror.
A lot of career's really took off after this movie, Johnny Depp of course took off working with Tim Burton and now as Capt. Jack Sparrow. We have the Director, Wes Craven, who went on from this to make a ton of crappy horror movies and some good ones like Scream 1. This movie would have to be one of the greatest slashers of all times.
There are incredible amounts of blood in this movie, accompanied by incredible amounts of Gore. I really am a huge fan, if you haven't noticed, of blood and gore. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is going to see the remake. This is a must on all accounts. I am going to go ahead and give Nightmare on Elm St. or as I called it when I was little "The First Freddy" a 9.5 of 10. You will not be disappointed.
No running in the Hallway!