A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

 

1)I first saw this when it came out with a gang of my rowdy buddies. Good times.

 

2)Funny to think that at the time, John Saxon was probably the biggest "name" in this picture.  I don't think you would've guessed from Depp's performance here that he was going to be a huge star.  Gotta start somewhere, I suppose.

 

3)Englund was good at being both creepy and goofy at the same time.

 

4)There's some pretty freaky imagery in this, too.

 

5)"I brought something out of my dream."  A hat.

 

6)"He's dead, honey, because Mommy killed him." Somehow, that's not re-assuring.

 

7)"I'm your boyfriend now, Nancy."

 

8)I give Craven credit for having Nancy show inventiveness and initiative in dealing with Freddy.

 

9)It's a good thing Nancy's mom didn't set off any of her boobytraps.

 

10)I remember that when I first saw this, I didn't realize that the hazy lighting was meant to be a hint that it was all still part of the dream.

 

Overall: This is actually a pretty good picture.

 

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Oh, I would love to watch these along with you, but 1) Tracy is just about at (if not well past) her splatter movie threshold, and 2) we still have six more F13 movies to watch! Tell ya what, though… I’ll continue to read and I know Tracy will, too, so maybe you can talk her into it. For my own part, I’m fairly certain (judging by our Halloween/F13 discussions and when I stopped watching those franchises), I’ve seen only the first two Nightmares.

I've only seen 2 of these-- the first, and FREDDY VS. JASON.

I strongly recall at the time it came out, that NIGHTMARE was praised for being more imaginative than 95% of the "slasher" movies of the era.

I've seen John Saxon in a number of things, but will no doubt always remember him best for ENTER THE DRAGON.

Well, the thread will be here if/when you ever get to watch them. 

Okay, so I was watching Friday the 13th: VII and reading this thread. I decided that since I'd made all this progress and gotten this far, I could keep watching horror flicks. I just ordered the 9 NoES movies so that Jeff and I can watch them next.

 

I must be crazy. Yep, definately crazy.

I would like to point out at this juncture that the party of the first part (Tracy of Moon-T) came to this decision freely and of her own will, with no coercion whatsoever from the party of the of the second part (Jeff of Earth-J).

Maybe it's best that I've always been single - I'm not sure I'm smart enough to be married. ;)



Tracy of Moon-T said:

Okay, so I was watching Friday the 13th: VII and reading this thread. I decided that since I'd made all this progress and gotten this far, I could keep watching horror flicks. I just ordered the 9 NoES movies so that Jeff and I can watch them next.

 

I must be crazy. Yep, definately crazy.

"Crazy, but that's how it go-o--oes..."

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge  (1985)

 

Freddy attmepts to possess a boy named Jesse, who happens to live in Nancy's old house.  It's left a little vague as to what exactly happened to Nancy - the general belief seems to be that Nancy went crazy after seeing her boyfriend murdered, and that Nancy's mother killed herslef, but none of it is verified.

 

Jesse' parents are played by Clu Gulager and Hope Lange. Seeing CLu Gulager makes me wonder where my copy of Return of the Living Dead is.

 

"Animals just don't explode into flames for no reason."

 

The eyeball in the mouth effect was sufficiently creepy.

 

"Nobody's gonna hurt you." You knew that wasn't going to end well.

 

"You are all my children now."

 

Overall: Not bad for a sequel.

 

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

 

1)Nancy's back, she somehow survived the first picture and now, six years later, is a grad student working with troubled children. Also, her hair looks like she stuck her finger in a light socket. "I have had some experience with serial nightmares."

 

2)The idea of a girl who can pull people into her dreams is an interesting one.

 

3)"My mother passed away - she died in her sleep." Apaprently, Nancyt is the only survivor of the first picture.

 

4)"Hypnocil" - interesting. I'd forgottent hat wa smentioned here, I'd thought it was invented for Freddy vs. Jason.

 

5)I like the Cavett/Gabor scene: "Can I ask you something?" "Certainly." "Who gives a f***  what you think?"

 

6)I'd also forgotten that this was the picture where we got the story of Freddy's mother and conception. "The bastard son of a hundred maniacs."

 

7)"You are the last of the Elm Street children."  Except for the ones who will appear in the next few pictures.

 

8)The "naughty nurse" bit was sufficiently creepy.

 

9)I liked the animated skeleton at the end. Animated skeletons are cool.

 

Overall: Still enjoying these. Freddy is starting to make the transition purely vicious to evil smartarse a bit here : "Whatsamatter Joey, feeling tongue-tied?", that sort of thing.

 

 

I watched the documentary on the series a couple of years back, and this is referred to as the "gay" Elm Street movie. The screenwriter even said he put the gay subtext in there.

The Baron said:

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge  (1985)

 

Freddy attmepts to possess a boy named Jesse, who happens to live in Nancy's old house.  It's left a little vague as to what exactly happened to Nancy - the general belief seems to be that Nancy went crazy after seeing her boyfriend murdered, and that Nancy's mother killed herslef, but none of it is verified.

 

Jesse' parents are played by Clu Gulager and Hope Lange. Seeing CLu Gulager makes me wonder where my copy of Return of the Living Dead is.

 

"Animals just don't explode into flames for no reason."

 

The eyeball in the mouth effect was sufficiently creepy.

 

"Nobody's gonna hurt you." You knew that wasn't going to end well.

 

"You are all my children now."

 

Overall: Not bad for a sequel.

 

I hadn't thought about it, but I can see it to an extent.

A Nigthmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

 

1)Freddy uses Kristen from the previous picutre to get at new kids, since he's pretty much used up the children of the people that killed him, and he apparently can't just go after new ones.

 

2)There's alot more "gags" in this, with Englund in drag, the "shark" bit, the shades, and so on. "Welcome to Wonderland, Alice."

 

3)We see lots of familiar names on the tombstones in the cemetery scene, including that of Nancy Thompson. One gets the impression that they have a "Freddy's victims" section of the cemetery.

 

4)The bit at the end where Freddy is torn apart is pretty well animated.

 

Overall:  Not bad - these aren't brilliant pictures, but they are watchable.

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