A Nightmare On Elm Street

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The original A Nightmare on Elm Street was inspired by an extraordinary series of unnoticed stories in the Los Angeles Times. A young immigrant male, early 20 s, usually from Southeast Asia, a son, would have a severe nightmare where he would wake up screaming. The next day, he would tell his family it was the worst nightmare he d ever had, and he had been terribly shaken by it. The next night when he went to sleep he died. Six months later I looked in the paper and there was a very similar story. I clipped it out and put it with the other one. Then the third appeared about a year and a half from the first one, this time in Northern California. And the elements were the basis for the film. The rest is horror history. Wes Craven, Director... View More »

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Sexuality and gratuitous nudity are also key characteristic of many of these films, including this one. Imitations and numerous sequels are also a common characteristic of teen slasher/stalker films as well, as Craven came back with six sequels.

A Nightmare on Elm Street and all the following six sequels fall into its own sub-genre of the teen slasher/stalker ideas and it is known as the Nightmare on Elm Street Series. This series of films adds a new dimension to the typical teen slasher/stalker film, depth of character and story. The characters are not there only to be killed, but rather they have distinct personalities. They are independent and intelligent, particularly the female lead characters. The killer, Fred Krueger, not only murders his victims violently, but he displays a great amount of wit, sarcasm and intelligence while doing it.

As the Nightmare on Elm Street movies progress, the audience gradually gains knowledge of each of the characters individual personalities. The storyline takes on a greater depth as well. The story goes beyond the simple gore and focuses more on the psychological terror that lies within and scares society the most. The line between nightmare and reality becomes blurred and the terror is allowed to build up, which results in a tremendous amount of suspense for the viewer.

Horror films developed over a century ago have come from a number of different sources: folktales, witchcraft, fables, myths, and ghost stories. The first horror movie was made by Georges Melies, titled The Devil s Castle (1896). Another of the early ...

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