Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Every Town has an Elm Street!

Freddy Krueger was and is still my favorite horror character. He can be frightening, repulsive, amusing, or even embarrassingly silly. Beyond that, he occupies a whole mental playground for the viewer. What is my dreamscape like? If I had dream powers, what would they be? The whole Nightmare on Elm Street franchise straddles typical pop cultural consumerism and the deeper personal element of what lurks in our own nightmares. It’s a tribute to the longevity of the character that even 34 years later, a small cameo on a sitcom generates interests and sparks talk another film.

Even doing a short essay every day there is still more plenty to talk about:  Movies influenced by A Nightmare on Elm Street,  his modern video game appearances, the joy of dressing up like Freddy on Halloween.  Freddy left an indelible mark on pop culture.

Thank you, Robert Englund and Wes Craven for getting it all started. Thank you fans for helping to keep Freddy alive. Thank you, Freddy Krueger, for not murdering in my sleep….yet.

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