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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nightmare on Elm Street, 16 Mar. 2004
This review is from: A Nightmare On Elm Street [DVD] (DVD)
This, the film that introduced the world to Freddy Krueger, one of the most, if not the most, famous characters in the history horror, is a very scary affair.
It starts off with a group of 4 youths, who all share a common nightmare. The nightmare involves a man in a dirty red and green sweater, who has razors on his right hand and who is horribly disfigured, trying to kill them. The only problem is that if they die in their dreams, their dead for real. Which is exactly what happens to three of them, leaving the heroine, Nancy, to fend off the maniac by herself.
Wes Craven does a great job at building subspence. He has that ability to take something that's not very scary, like having stones thrown at your window, and making you stain your pants.
What's great about this film is that you don't know what's real and what's a dream. That's why you can have a lot of fun with a film like this. You can try and make your own little theory's. Was the whole film a dream? Was the ending a dream? Did that really happen? You know, stuff like that.
The acting is pretty standard for a horror film. It mainly revolves around the teenagers, who all do quite a good job.
I also like the way that all the deaths in the 'dreamworld' are all quite surreal. The girl who is being cut to shreds and dragged across her ceiling by an invisible Freddy. The boy who is hung by his bed sheets, and the boy who is dragged 'in' his bed, only to have a foutain of blood springing forth. It all makes you look at violence in a diffent light.
Another thing that is brilliant about this film is that Freddy is actually very evil and dark here. Something you don't really see in any of the sequals (except 2 and 7). He's always in the shadows and he doesn't really say much. The performance by Robert Englund in this film is, in my opinion, one of the most scariest performances ever. His body language, his face. The way he's tall and lanky. Very creepy, indeed.
So, I'm not saying that this film will horrify you, but it will certainly scare you. Enjoy.
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