Summary:

In Wes Craven’s classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger, a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams — which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy 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 solve the puzzle before it’s too late?



Nerd Corner:

The 80s!

Missing Children and Stranger Danger Panic -> Milk Carton Kids

Wes Craven’s inspiration- Vietnam war survivors who died in their sleep

The helplessness parents felt during the stranger danger panic alongside the helplessness of the parents in the film



Kate Notes:

We start with heather in a chaste nightgown running through a moist hallway. 

She grabs the crucifix and holds it. Sorry babe Jesus can’t help you. 

The soundtrack of DRAMA and the two ladies on the couch that I MOST DEF SHIP.

They have more chemistry than the chick and dude.

GLEN IS JOHNNY DEPP???

I am indeed broken- every time I hear “who do you think you are” I finish with “running round leaving scars.”

She just sticks that bad boi right back on the wall. Get in place Jesus.

Tina looking hawt in a button up and nothing else. Of course this happens on a day I’m dying for wlw content.

Daughter says that the fight wasn’t that serious and the mom is like “oh you THINK MURDER IS A JOKE YOUNGLING.” 

I like this movie so much more in the context of other horror films and knowing more about cinema of the time. 

CROW. I HEARD A CROW.

Okay so Tina in a body bag in the middle of the hallway, legs are lifted and I swan to john I thought she was starting a musical number. But then she is dragged away by an invisible force. But it COULD HAVE BEEN A DANCE 

Hallguard looking very moaning myrtle with the Freddy jacket and pigtails. 

Follow the bloody trail to the tune of follow the yellow brick road

Okay so he let’s a few maggots out of his chest. He’s just letting loose after a stressful week. 

Why did Nancy wear cornflower blue to a funeral??

That’s a very Russian name for a sleep institute?? The Russian sleep study. 

Wowza, the mullet on that nurse. 

She’s in rems now. I thought that was “she’s into REM now.”

Yeah okay I’d be fine with men in crop tops again




Tropes:

Catapult Nightmare

Dangerous Windows

Deadly Bath

Decoy Protagonist, undone by Death by Sex

Final Girl

Fingore

Gainax Ending

Grievous Harm with a Body




Scale:

Fully extended accordion arms



Works Cited:

Lee, Jamie. (2021, November 17.) Never Sleep Again After Behind the Monsters (S1E4). Horror Obsessive. https://horrorobsessive.com/2021/11/17/never-sleep-again-after-behind-the-monsters-s1e4/

 

Marks, Craig and Tannenbaum, Rob. (2014, October 20). Freddy Lives: An Oral History of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Vulture. https://www.vulture.com/2014/10/nightmare-on-elm-street-oral-history.html

 

Morgan, Thad. (2018, October 30). How a Terrifying Wave of Unexplained Deaths Led to ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’. History.

https://www.history.com/news/nightmare-on-elm-street-real-inspiration-hmong-death

 

Juzwiak, Rich. (2020, October 28). Half-True Crime: Why the Stranger-Danger Panic of the ’80s Took Hold and Refuses to Let Go. Jezebel. https://jezebel.com/half-true-crime-why-the-stranger-danger-panic-of-the-8-1845430801

 

https://newsfeed.time.com/2012/04/20/etan-patz-a-brief-history-of-the-missing-child-milk-carton-campaign/