Freddy Krueger, an undead serial killer with knives for fingers and the ability to murder his victims in their dreams, haunts the children of the townsfolk who killed him in the first of the successful, long-lasting horror franchise.
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[Espaço Nimas] Bechdel'd, female agency & empowered women with fleshed out characters & arcs: a lesson to most of today's misogynistic male directors. Rivals seriously with "The Shining" for 80's best horror film. Glad didn't see it aged 10 or I'd be still traumatized to this day. Cronenberg (Videodrome), Friedkin (Exorcist), Kubrick (Shining) Muschietti (It), Argento (etc) came to mind. It's SO good!Fabulous script▽
Has flat characters, but contains one of the more creative and scariest villains ever-- when he wasn't a parody of himself-- and is a top tier Craven film. Freddy also works as a manifestation of the trials and tribulations of pre-adulthood: sexual repression, apathetic/non-understanding parents, rape, abuse, and especially, knowledge of death and the infringement by the old on the dreams and aspirations of youth.
Both original and remakes are worth watching. Craven's version is haunting and creepy, with some fucking great special effects, and Samuel Bayer's remake is kind of too polished and "clean" and also too predictable, but there are some great scenes in it, like the opening sequence in the diner or the chase in the factory.
Freddy Kruger is my absolute favorite horror franchise. No one will ever capture the brilliance of Robert Englund's portrayal of the sweater clad child murderer but no one will ever forget this superstar of horror.
At its strongest when the walls dividing the suburban 80s Americana from the existential realm of nightmares dissolve, thus confronting us with a greater horror of these children (and the film's audiences) inheriting the atrocities of their parent's generation.
This gave a new impulse to horror in the 80´s thanks to its ambiguous atmosphere, between dream and reality, where adults are a mess and sexual tension is everywhere. Truely a great genre film but with the best and the worst only few sequences from one another. Craven shot some iconic moments but the ending is so grotesque that it looks like a cheap version of "Home Alone". Nevertheless a milestone.