“Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.” A warning well-spoken, but one that proves hard to heed. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Bill Mulligan, Chad Hunt, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr – as they have no problem whatsoever staying awake for Wes Craven’s masterpiece, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 170 – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.IMDb
- Writer/Director: Wes Craven
- Music: Charles Bernstein
- Cinematography: Jacques Haitkin
- Film Editing: Rick Shaine; Patrick McMahon (co-editor, as Pat McMahon)
- Production Management: John H. Burrows
- Mechanical special effects design: Jim Doyle
- Heather Langenkamp as Nancy Thompson
- John Saxon as Lt. Donald “Don” Thompson
- Robert Englund as Fred “Freddy” Krueger[N 2]
- Johnny Depp as Glen Lantz
- Ronee Blakley as Marge Thompson
- Amanda Wyss as Christina “Tina” Gray
- Jsu Garcia as Rod Lane (as Nick Corri)
- Charles Fleischer as Dr. King
- Lin Shaye as Teacher
- Mimi Craven as Nurse
In this episode, your Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crew has the pleasure of discussing one of the top horror movies of the 80s, Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. Chad remembers it as one of the most engrossing and scary films he had ever seen and he still watches it two or three times a year. Freddy Krueger is one of the two horror icons that changed Crystal’s life and she still thinks he is one of the most original creations in horror. Bill thinks of A Nightmare on Elm Street as a breath of fresh air with a supernatural killer that can do almost anything and wonders how a child murderer becomes a pop icon with a line of children’s toys. A Nightmare on Elm Street gobsmacked Jeff, particularly the scene with Nancy trying to run up the stairs, a recurring scene in his own nightmares.
Your 80s Grue-Crew laments not having more time to discuss this groundbreaking, legendary film and may revisit A Nightmare on Elm Street in more detail in the future. Meanwhile, they strongly encourage you to watch and rewatch the wonder that is A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Jeff, will be The Hitcher (1986), starring Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
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