Quick-Thoughts, Again: Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

3rd Viewing

Fancy a good death of innocence movie: the best coming-of-age genre? The discovery of historical atrocities, a morally vague crime (but once the culture?) of the past that often leads adult’s to their permanent flawed traits. *realizing alcohol will be an eventual solution we indulge in is a classic case of this* The kids noticing that their radio phone call prank was taken too far when they recognize that the sounds of the screaming woman come off as suspicious: the first woeful pill of comprehending how the macabre fits into our society. A brief scraping sound could be from a killer sneaking up on you; there are people willing to murder you as you’ve become regretfully aware of. Could atheist thoughts be creeping up? “This… is God.” Maybe in life’s unfair game as it summons the death of a loved one, if not and if worse, more. And… all the surreal implausible horror imagery in the dream world is the cherry on top to intensifying this accumulation of adolescent shock. In truth, we try to suck it up and not let it bother us, but it always eventually does — maybe not via the fakest looking dummy body along with also the ugliest colored Cadillac ever to face the Earth though, but something we’d perceive as highly erratic such as that. 

Guess we know where Resurrections borrowed its ending from now, and Stephen King also deadass ripped-off the climax of this movie when he wrote the novel It (1986).

Wes Craven breaks a horror cliché in A Nightmare on Elm Street among others: instead of parents who don’t believe their kids, it’s parents who know their kids are saying something true that they don’t want them saying out of sake of preserving their innocence about the wicked truth regarding us. We show our strictest protective methods out of fear for the next generation becoming consumed by our trauma and our past that we’ve essentially chosen to ignore as if it never happened. This and Brian De Palma’s Carrie (1976) surprisingly make perfect companion pieces for a horror double-feature given their akin dynamics of ancestors problematically paving the paths of kin at the fault of humanity’s never-ending domino effect. 

P.S. Robert Englund is a top-tier performer. +1 grade letter up! 

P.S.S. Can people really have a dream about the continuation of the place they literally just left off in their actual reality? That would be insane!

P.S.S.S. The bath scene gives off major *had an edible in an uncomfortable place to sit* vibes.

Verdict Change: A- —> B

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“A Nightmare on Elm Street” is now available to stream on Netflix.

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