In preparation for the upcoming remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street I though I reminisce a bit the original and its sequels, although I don’t really have anything to say about Nightmare that hasn’t already been said a thousand times. Didn’t stop me before, you say? I guess you’re right.
That the Nightmare series came with some of the most amazing movie posters, not only in the horror genre but in general, goes without saying. And the first part naturally has a special place in my heart, even though I do just ever so slightly prefer the poster for the second.
I remember one movie magazine calling Nightmare nothing short of being tripe, in a review that got lumped together with three of four others on a single page, only to hastily back-pedal from their former statement a few months later when it became apparent that the movie was quickly gaining a huge following in the genre, now all of a sudden they found they had to praise Craven’s clever play with teenage fears that made the movie's success inevitable.
I always found that funny in a way, and sad just the same because it perfectly illustrates the blatant ignorance that horror movies often encounter.
One thing surprises me: Despite the boom in Horror merchandise, and the undeniable success that A Nightmare on Elm Street still has, I've never seen a (working) tongue phone on sale...
"When someone doesn't show up, the people who wait sometimes tell stories about what might have happened and come to half believe the desertion, the abduction, the accident. Worry is a way to pretend that you have knowledge or control over what you don't--and it surprises me, even in myself, how much we prefer ugly scenarios to the pure unknown. Perhaps fantasy is what you fill up maps with rather than saying that they too contain the unknown."— Rebecca Solnit