|ARTICLE AND ILLUSTRATION BY K-ROD|
The movie is about a notorious child killer called Freddy Krueger. Krueger who terrorized the American suburbs of Springwood by murdering dozens of the local children. When Krueger was apprehended by the police and he went to trial and was set free. This was due to a search warrant being signed in the wrong place at the time of his arrest.
After being set free angry parents took matters in to their own hands and burned Krueger to death inside his boiler room.
Years later the teenage children of Springwood start having nightmares about a burned creep with a fedora hat and knives for fingers. The teenagers are picked off one by one in their dreams and then die in real life. One girl the daughter of the local policeman who was involved in Kruegers killing (Nancy Thompson) decides she is going to fight back and take on Krueger for an ultimate confrontation.
For me Freddy Krueger is the ultimate movie monster. He's perverse, complex, creative, evil and just damned right disgusting. From his appearance, his back story and not to mention the ghoulish apparel which is topped off with a razor glove. The real life back story which created one of the most iconic characters in cinema history started from a couple of things which happened to the movies director and creator Wes Craven.
After reading an article in the New York Times about healthy Laotian refugees dying from what they believed were their own nightmares. Wes Craven was inspired and being the creative mind who put together the controversial horror movies such as The Last House on The Left and The Hills Have Eyes decided that this could be an awesome concept for a movie. Craven needed a villain for this project and needed a bloody good one. Craven based Freddy Krueger on a homeless man who he saw as a child through his bedroom window that scared him by looking at him. He also named the road Elm Street after the road where the President was shot in Dallas Texas.
The script went around Hollywood for a few years before being picked up by Bob Shay from New Line Studios. The studio had a few other minor titles under their belt but this movie would be their make or break project.
The movie has a great cast of actors including Johnny Depp in his feature film debut. The cast have a great chemistry and really pull it off when interacting with each other and Freddy Krueger on screen.
Freddy Krueger was played by Robert Englund who ended up playing him for the rest of the entire series of Nightmare on Elm street movies. Englund would sit through hours and hours of the most grueling and tiresome special effects and make up sessions. The special effects were created by David B Miller who worked alongside Rick Baker on Michael Jacksons Thriller (though he is uncredited).
Most of the budget for A Nightmare On Elm Street was spent on the special effects. The special effects in this movie are done so well and even look better than the CGI versions done recently. They used a rotating room to achieve many of the movies classic nightmare scenes. The scene in which Glen is pulled into his bed used over 500 gallons of fake blood. Lots of great camera trickery also play a part in some very well thought and clever scenes which still stand up to this day.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is hands down one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Being an 80's kid obsessed with Freddy Krueger I am a firm believer that he is the undisputed king of horror. He even beats Dracula. The fact Freddy Krueger is a serial killer who uses the dream realm as his habitat is the scariest thing about him. With a character like that the possibilities we endless and so were the sequels!
Growing up at the time the movies were still being released was awesome as hell. Freddy Krueger became the new boogeyman of the play ground. I remember telling all the other kids at primary school the story of Freddy Krueger and how he was going to get them all in their sleep. Great times.
I remember being scared out of my mind of him myself though. I remember watching the whole of the first movie on my own as a child with the lights out and it was the hardest and scariest thing I had ever done in my life up to that point. As the series went on he became a more humorous type character who you ended up cheering for to sort out these atrocious teenage actors instead of being terrified like you were in the first movie.
If you havent seen this movie then you suck! However you can redeem yourself and watch it and then thank me later. This is THE essential horror film that anyone needs to watch. It has good performances, visuals, story, music and not to mention FREDDY FUCKING KRUEGER!
If you have seen this movie before I suggest you re watch it as it's Halloween and it's the movies 30th birthday.
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