Today, November 9, marks the 30th anniversary of the release of A Nightmare On Elm Street in theaters. Today the film is still one the favorites of every horror movie fan. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the movie that opened the door for such an incredible franchise.
In A Nightmare Elm Street the victims, almost always teenagers, are attacked in the one place where they are truly helpless, their dreams. The teenagers’ dreams are stalked by a twisted, sweater wearing killer named Freddy Kruger, and what happens in your dreams happens in the real world. Freddy is out for revenge because the teen’s parents murdered him by burning him alive for being a suspected pedophile. Freddy is a character full of dark humor and has personality to spare. His weapon of choice is a glove with blades on the fingers. The entire series of films is full of blood and gore and very creative kills.
Nightmare on Elm Street was written and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars the horror icon Robert Englund,who plays the movie’s killer, Freddy in eight of the nine movies that are part of the franchise. Many actors got their start in the franchise, including Johnny Depp, who was in the first movie of the series. Heather Langenkamp, plays the first movie’s main character Nancy.
In the 2010 remake, directed by Samuel Bayer, Freddy is played by Jackie Earle Haley. Robert Englund is not a fan of the 2010 remake, as you can see, and I have to agree with him.
There is one thing about the original A Nightmare On Elm Street you might not know. It is loosely based on a true story. That’s a scary thought isn’t it?
“In the middle of the night they heard these horrendous screams and crashings and they ran in and he’s thrashing on the bed. They ran to him and by the time they got to him he was dead. They did an autopsy on him and there was nothing physically wrong with him. And I just thought: “My God.”