It's hard to say which is more frightening -- the idea of a murderer with no flesh (traditionally speaking) and fingerblades, or the idea that he only attacks in dreams.
Wes Craven again took a basic horror outline and reworked it into something incredibly original and panic-inducing by providing details that were so easy for the young mind to latch onto. A striped sweater, bubble baths, a certain sinister laugh ... oh, and the idea that "nighty night" really refers to the big sleep instead of a night's worth.
1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street (OG, y'all) has a simple horror hook with an added bonus. It not only plays on the whole "if you die in your dreams, you die for real" myth but also common nightmare elements like the inability to escape in "normal time" or a classroom turning to hell. Sure, Freddy's the killer, technically, but sleep -- a normal human function -- is the real enemy, the gateway bad guy.
I met Freddy Krueger for the first time when I was seven or eight years old. Too young to meet a child murderer, even on screen. Then again, what is the appropriate age for meeting murderers no matter their penchant? I'll admit, I had Freddy nightmares on and off for years afterward, and I still don't watch the Elm Street series for fun. And it certainly wasn't the acting that scared me all the way back when.
Speaking of which, Elm Street did provide the first time I met Johnny Depp on the big screen, so there's that.
The most memorable after the jump, provided you're not heading to bed...
The Most Memorable Scenes:
Had to go with both of these. I didn't take a bath for two years because of the first. As for the second? Well, I'm not entirely sure that teeny jersey doesn't warrant at least a little bit of a bloodbath.
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The Mixmaster's Horror Movie Countdown October 1: Halloween October 2: Antichrist October 3: Student Bodies October 4: Poltergeist October 5: Jaws October 6: Suspiria October 7: Scream October 8: The Fly October 9: Dead Alive October 10: Drag Me to Hell October 11: Se7en October 12: Rosemary's Baby October 13: Friday the 13th October 14: The Thing October 15: Audition October 16 and 17: The Exorcist and The Exorcist III October 18: The Omen October 19: Paranormal Activity October 20: Changeling October 21: Hellraiser October 22: 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later