It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of top movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s A Nightmare on Elm Street.
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…”
In 1984, horror master Wes Craven (The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left) introduced one of cinema’s most frightening boogeymen in the shape of burned and razor-fingered child killer Freddy Krueger. As much a creation of actor Robert Englund as Craven, Freddy’s supernatural ability to continue his killing spree in teenagers’ nightmares made him even more terrifying – after all, everybody has to sleep and everybody has bad dreams. The fantasy nature of the kills also differentiated Freddy from his hockey-masked peer – and future opponent – Jason Voorhees, making A Nightmare on Elm Street a truly original slasher film (which sounds like a contradiction).
Watch the original Nightmare today, and even if you’ve already seen it a hundred times, you’ll still jump off the sofa. And remember, “Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.”
Four reasons why A Nightmare on Elm Street rocks:
1. Robert Englund as Freddy.
2. Heather Langencamp’s resourceful heroine, Nancy.
3. Johnny Depp’s spectacular death scene.
4. Genre great John Saxon as the local law.
Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.