Saturday, 7 March 2009

A Nightmare on Elm Street

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So, having learned nothing from the madness that was the Jason-Fest I have decided to embark upon the “Freddy-Fest” which admittedly has a better ring to it overall.

Nightmare opens with a, suitably enough, a nightmare. Tina, the friend of the main protagonist Nancy, is in a nightmare landscape of boilers, steam and grime. Someone is chasing her.

Nightmare is a fantastic film. I am still surprised at how well it is done. Wes Craven really has honed his art to perfection here and there are subtleties that still get picked up after many viewings. (guilty looks between parents being the latest one). The fact that all of the families appear dysfunctional and the glaringly obvious lack (once pointed out) of siblings make this film far more multi-layered and thoughtful then it first appears.

One downside is that it introduced a certain Johnny Depp to the poor unsuspecting public. The world would never be the same again.

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In conclusion. A great way to spend a couple of hours and still scary today. Sleep tight…

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