A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★★


It's so sad to see that even nowadays, this is sort of forgotten as one of the pinnacle of the Horror genre. When I was a younger kid, while others were proclaiming that the movie they watched the previous day was a Pixar or Disney film, I was cheering on this. Returning to A Nightmare on Elm Street this Sunday morning (we're talking 1:00 AM, sleep deprived) was scary; this was one of my favorite films as a younger kid and I hadn't seen it since a viewing of it nearly 9 years previous. Thank God, this is still scary, but I'm noticing a lot of the details Craven tossed in here, the nods to ideas present that I overlooked when I was a youngster. Look at the dreamy cinematography, everything in a perfect shot with its perfect twinkle and phoniness; what Craven is nodding to are not a genre in particular, but an era: the 1950's. This is Craven thematically depicting the underbelly of the 50's, where the idea was that Dad was the breadwinner and Mom cooked the dinner and cleaned. Little Brother and Sister were loving towards one another and friends were going around saying "Hot Dog!" and nonsense like that, as little dog Fido barked his head off. In Nightmare, the truth is pealed; everyone isn't always a happy person. The kids swear and have sex, the parents are divorced --one a work heavy Detective and the other an Alcoholic, but nurturing mother-- and often neglectful of their daughter's well-being, and the imperfections placed on teens is ripped apart. Sleepless nights turn into weeks, months as we try to reach the potential placed upon us. Insomnia creaks in and visions are melting away, to reveal a Demon who harbors all fears. This is a film where Craven's playfulness is revealed and he cannot seem to unwind the ideas, one at a time. Such a joy to revisit and I can't wait to discover other meanings and ideas present. Such a great movie.

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