How easily a plain teenage flick can tumble into such striking imagery, how the confort of families can be built on atrocities. Parents can try to hide to hide the horrors of the world all they want, their children will inevitably come face to face with reality.
One of the most effective horror characters in the 1980s showing his true colors before he became a comic parody of himself in the sequels. Excellent teenage actors. Johnny Depp getting sucked by his own bed. The terrible fate of Amanda Wyss. The scenes are surprising and inventive up to an ending that is sadly a little useless and annoying to be honest. I love Heather Langenkamp, sadly underused in film.
[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.
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.
Remove the most unique slasher villain and there's still a movie with teenagers that feel different than any others. Instead of being just the body count numbers, they are confronted with problems originated from the world of the adults - and the effect is so severe that the real question is whether it is Krueger just a metaphor for more grounded issues. Heather Langenkamp stays as the greatest among slasher heroines
A mixture of serious horror and odd humour of which you’re not always quite sure if it’s meant to be funny or is it just accidentally so. Nevertheless - or because of that - a movie with a very peculiar and fascinating atmosphere. The simple but genius idea of taking horror to the dreamland enables an unlimited number of surreal horror visions. And it’s all about sex and being a teenager, of course.