Shocking, terrifying, disturbing: These are adjectives often used to describe Wes Craven’s seminal horror slasher A Nightmare on Elm Street, the film that introduced Freddy Krueger into mainstream consciousness. But what about beautiful? It might seem an antithetical description for the movie that launched a million nightmares, but that’s how Irish film critic and academic Ryan Hollinger describes it in the latest edition of his Screen Smart series on YouTube.
Does A Nightmare on Elm Street present the most unique horror movie concept ever conceived? Hollinger says yes, and his meditation starts with an exploration of Krueger as a representation of sexual activity, and a gateway to greater evil. But recall, it was actually the reckless actions of the parents that serve as Krueger’s true motivations.
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About Ryan Hollinger on YouTube: Taking my favourite movies, games, art and entertainment and celebrating them with a personal retrospective analytical treatment that both informs and delights. Let’s just talk about cool things.
Official Synopsis: In Wes Craven’s classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams — which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends’ parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it’s too late?