What happened to horror movies? They seem to think that just throwing gallons of blood and gore at the screen can replace honest-to-goodness scares. They can’t. Sure, it’s shocking to see a grown human get vivisected by an adult sized cheese grater or have their torso ripped open like a gift that’s in the hands of an eager kid on Christmas morning. That doesn’t make it scary. There was a time when filmmakers knew how to crawl inside the heads of their audiences and bring something out that truly terrified them. Freddy Krueger was one of those manifestations. Director Wes Craven’s twisted creation didn’t just slice up his victims with his bladed glove. He crawled into their psyches and used their deepest, darkest fears to turn them into a human sliced brisket platter. He could pop up anywhere at any time. He could hide in seemingly harmless things and turn them into implements of death and destruction. I’ve never been able to look at a loaded pizza the same way again ever since I saw A Nightmare on Elm Street 4. Remember how it felt to watch an actually scary movie during the Alamo Drafthouse’s Nightmare on Elm Street Marathon starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at their Richardson location, 100 S. Central Expressway. The marathon is currently sold out but check out drafthouse.com for further updates and seat openings.
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