A Nightmare on Elm Street
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984

In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him...

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I remember my parents renting this movie when I was a little child, sneaking out of my room to watch it when they did. Worst mistake of my life. I'd have to say one of the best horror movies ever. Even now it's better than anything I've seen recently in the horror genre.
This is what horror movies are supposed to be like. Yes the effects are dated but it came out in the 80's. This movie actually gave me real nightmares about guess who, Freddy.
Still a great movie ... ! Scary, and Wes Craven is one of the best ... ! =)
This movie actually turned out much better than I first thought it would be. It started out so terrible and lame that I just laughed the whole time. I was even getting bored and contemplated turning it off, but decided to stick it out as I had nothing better to do. I'm quite happy I decided that because it got a lot better. Sure it wasn't really that scary, but most teen horror movies aren't. This is definitely one of the better ones.
I would find time to watch a movie while I was writing my essay on the tyranny of the majority and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It came out to 369 words, so I am going to expand it to add a few more ideas (I only had to write 300 words for my portion of the group paper)...

A Nightmare on Elm Street (Craven, 1984) - ****
Wes Craven's Elm Street is the best horror slasher film of all time. Screw Michael Myers. Screw Jason Vorhees. Although contrary to a popular film of last year, Freddy is the king! It is also one of the top 10 horror films of all time. It was followed by 6 sequels, excluding Freddy vs. Jason. One of which was also a masterwork, Wes Craven's New Nightmare. Funny how the absolute best in the franchise were both directed by Craven. He is responsible for the Scream trilogy, and is one of the few top names of horror. Hopefully he can utilize his position in the industry to make a few worthwhile films in the genre before saying bye bye.



Throughout this first Academock week (Tuesday to Monday) I watched 10 films. They are ranked as followed:

10) In the Cut (Campion, 2003) - 1/2*
09) Slackers (Nicks, 2002) - *
08) Freddy vs. Jason (Yu, 2003) - *1/2
07) The Company (Altman, 2003) - **
06) Party Monster (Bailey & Barbato, 2003) - **
05) Jackpot (Polish, 2001) - **
04) Win a Date With Tad Hamilton (Luketic, 2004) - **1/2
03) The Stepfather (Ruben, 1987) - ***
02) Slap Shot (Hill, 1977) - ***
01) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Forman, 1975) - ****

The top 4 films of the week are recommended...

****The 2003 Academock Award nominations were announced****

I also wrote a long review for:
- The Butterfly Effect (Bress & Gruber, 2004) - *1/2
I have to say that this is my all time favorite horror movie. You know that it is just a movie and you shouldn't be scared, but he comes after you in your dreams. You want to sleep, but what if you just happen to be next? A Nightmare on Elm Street is an inventive film packed full of enough scares and gore to fill your horror movie lovin heart w/ delight.
This movie gave me chills from beginning to end!!
good special effects, with some humer.
Horror/Thriller Quick Ratings (out of 5)
Tenseness Score: 4,5
Jump Scences Score: 4.5
Gore Score: 4.5
General Creepiness: 5
Original Death Scence(s) Score: 4
"Stay up" Score: 4
Smartness Score: 5
Ending: 3.5
Hiding Identity of Killer: 0

Written and Directed by Scary Movie man himself, Wes Craven makes a truly original and genuinely creepy flick. A Nightmare on Elm Street follows along the tried and true "teen slasher" formula, but with a very clever twist--A slasher that kills you in your dreams. Craven's masterful formula constantly has us wondering what is truly a dream and what is a reality. I know it sounds rather cheesy, however it works quite well. We thought we could get away from the "bogeyman" by sleeping-- but this movie will make you stay up! The gore is a extremely well done, not to much and not to little. Freddy is truly creepy and the jump scenes are well placed. The acting is good, not great (except for Robert Englund, who play Freddy), and this is Johnny Depp's Debut. Certainly, the most original of the big trio (Halloween, Friday the 13th), this is my favorite of the three and also scared me the most. A fun, scare-you-then-stay-with-you flick, it should be watched by any true horror fan.
Here are five more films I own that I didn't want to give a particularly long write up about.

The Postman Always Rings Twice
This is the poor 1981 version. I always heard it was a good movie and all, but there's just so much wrong with it. DAvid Mamet wrote and Jack Nicholson stars in this noirish tale about a drifter who blows into town, works for a borish man, falls in love with the wife of his new boss, and together the wife and Jack plan out and execute the man's murder. Then they go to court, turn against each other...and who cares?!?!?!?!?! Just a waste of time.


I don't know...I just could never get into the whole Freddie Kriger thing. Wes Craven is at the helm to tell the tale of a serial killer that kills in dreamland. Brought nothing to the table and really is quite boring and stale. I always just think: "WAKE THE FUCK UP!!!!"

Friday the 13th: Part Two
I bought this cold having never seen it around the New Year. I never really got into the whole Jason thing either. But, this is bad...real bad. I mean, when it ends you have no idea what happened to Jason or the last surviving male at the camp. Poor execution and poor script. Not all that scary or gory. BAHH