Friday, September 26, 2014

Awful Series Review! A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 - 2010)

Creator: Wes Craven

Starring: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Johnny Depp, Mark Patton, Patricia Arquette, Lawrence Fishburn, Lisa Wilcox, Lisa Zane, Jackie Earl Haley

Best Film: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Official Awful Rating: 9.7

Worst Film: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
Official Awful Rating: 4.8

Most Underrated: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Official Awful Rating: 8.1

Best Kill:
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Tina (17:23) Stomach slashed and dragged across the ceiling.

Rant: Well we've wrapped up one of the most classic awful horror series that exists. It goes without saying that Freddy Krueger is an icon. From his adorable Christmas sweater to his trademark glove, everything about him is so unique. As much as we love Leprechaun and Chucky, they wouldn't be shit without this guy. A kill here, a kill there, throw a few zingers around the room. What's not to love?

I've seen most of these movies plenty of times and yes, there are some stinkers, but they were all fun to watch again, and if you haven't delved into the Nightmare on Elm Street series you should check them all out. When I was a kid, I didn't know which ones were good and which ones sucked ass. I just rented them from the video store every once and a while and enjoyed them. Everyone is interested in their dreams and what they mean. Wes Craven's idea was simple but genius. What if when you died in a dream, you died in real life? That idea, along with creating a brilliant, memorable, horrifying and later hilarious character makes for perfect entertainment. I could literally watch all of them again, right now.

Now let's get down to business. In my honest opinion, as much as I love serial slashers and this particular series, if you only watched the original 1984 film, you could die happy. I love Dream Warriors, Freddy Vs. Jason and even Freddy's Dead, but watching them all really takes away from how horrifying of a movie A Nightmare on Elm Street really is. The original was actually the second or third Freddy movie I saw back in the day, and honestly I had already fallen in love with the character to be afraid of him. If you can somehow trick your mind into watching the original, and block out all the humor and charm of the sequels, you'll be creeped the fuck out. There wasn't any joking going on there. Freddy was as horrible as it could get.

As far as effects and kills go, this has to be the best series out there, possibly tied with the Friday the 13th movies. They all take place in your dreams, so anything can happen. Even in the shitty movies there's good deaths and wonderful creativity. Aside from Robert Englund's performances, it's the highlight of the series.

That about says it all. A Nightmare on Elm Street: A low budget horror flick that made a shit ton of money and a shit ton of sequels. It's my personal favorite horror movie and franchise and it will live forever in tapes, dvds, blurays, toys, costumes, all that shit. If another one comes out I'll be there in the theater waiting for more fun kills and crazy nightmares.

And I was definitely Freddy for Halloween one year. Sweet dreams, you cunts.