(Part of Celluloid Screams Classic Horror Allnighter)
Director: Wes Craven | USA | 1984 | 1hr 31 mins
What began earlier in the year as an acknowledgement of a classic film we’d somehow never shown has now become a loving tribute to a master of horror who left us too soon. The sad passing of Wes Craven earlier this year leaves a significant void in the horror pantheon, not least for this film. With A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven introduced us to one of horror’s most enduring villains, brought to life by Robert Englund in his own inimitable way. In the beginning, before Freddy Krueger devolved into the wisecracking cartoonish caricature that he became in the later sequels, he was a terrifying presence that would haunt your dreams (albeit without the ability to kill you) and that effect is still as strong even today. The landscape of contemporary horror would not be the same without Craven’s influence and he will be greatly missed.
This screening is dedicated to the memory of Wes Craven (August 2, 1939 – August 30 2015) – RIP.
Screening with NIGHT OF THE SLASHER + FOOL’S DAY