A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

As a kid, A Nightmare on Elm Street was the scariest of the classic slashers (Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street) to me. The sequels have made Freddy more funny than scary, but looking at the first film as a standalone production today, the film holds up quite nicely. It made director and screen writer Wes Craven and Freddy-actor Robert Englund household names in the 1980s, and rightfully so. A Nightmare on Elm Street is not perfect by any means, but it is dang good. What stands out to me as especially great are the atmospheric dream scenes, the kills, and the film’s antagonist, Freddy Krueger. Funny enough, I think that Freddy is also a detractor of the film, and I’ll get into that further down.

This is, to many, the only good Nightmare film. I actually love the entire series, although, I admit, the series does get pretty campy as it goes along. I agree with series critics, however, in that this is the best film in the series.

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The Iconic Role of Casey Becker

When I was thinking about what movie I wanted to write about in my first entry here at Mad Sometimes, I decided to go with Scream, the horror movie that made me love horror movies. Funny enough, I did not notice or understand the allusions the movie is so famous for making to other horror movies when I first saw the film. I was just 10 years old, and I had not yet seen Halloween, Friday the 13th, Psycho, or any of the other movies this movie pays tribute to that I would watch and grow to love later. Truth be told, I only saw the movie because Drew Barrymore was in it.

You see, I loved Drew Barrymore growing up, and she remains my favorite actress today. My mom used to buy me her movies for birthdays and Christmases, and one year I got Scream. Knowing nothing about the film other than that Drew Barrymore was in it, and presumably in a prominent or lead role since her face was plastered all over the movie cover, I put the movie in my VCR one night and hit play. I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when Drew Barrymore exited the movie barely after the ten-minute mark. I was pissed! I loved the movie, though, and it sparked my love for the horror movie genre. I guess you could say Drew Barrymore is the reason this blog exists in the first place, and so, rather than review Scream, which I will here at some point soon, believe me, I decided my first entry would be an exploration of Drew Barrymore’s iconic role of Casey Becker, who is responsible for this blog existing.

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