Posted on 6/25/08 11:45 AM
To judge horror movies is to put them on a line. On one end of the line is a gore movie, on the other it is suspense. Your average horror movie aims to reach the middle. But fortunately, every now and then you get a master piece such as "Nightmare on Elm Street" that can't be judged on this line. As it inhales plenty of the two to produce one of the best horror movies that still causes nightmares today.
What helps this movie go down as a classic is the simple but effective villain you love to hate Freddy Krueger. His black humor, rusty claws, hat, red and black sweater and burnt, crooked smile makes him stand out from the rest of the murderers who have failed to stand out. And the simplicity of Freddy Krueger killing teenagers in their dreams still makes you scared to fall asleep nowadays.
The story is set in the quiet town in Springwood on Elm Street. Nancy (Heather Lankenkemp) and her friends all start having awful nightmares. About the same evil burnt figure with the rusty claws.
Then one of her friends is brutally slaughtered in the night, Police suspect her boyfriend. Nancy suspects worst, she along with the rest of her friends set out to find out the mysterious murder and unveil the legend of an old murderer. She aims to dig deeper as her friends are slaughtered one by one.
The dark atmosphere seen through the eyes of Nancy reflects the terror she experiences each night. And you can feel it. The tense feelings as night closes just chills you to the back of the bone. The fantastic Robert Englund shines in this role which perfectly suits him.
Slasher movies should follow in the footsteps of this. And inherit three things this movie has combined to produce a masterpiece: A rememberable killer, terrified victims and a weapon to produce the blood and suspense.