Released on 16th November 1984, Wes Craven’s slasher classic A Nightmare on Elm Street turns 30 years old this month. The haunting tale of a sadistic killer who preys on his teen-aged victims in their dreams, it boasted feverish suspense, surreal dream sequences and fantasy horror set-pieces which blurred the line between dream and reality. Its central antagonist Freddy Krueger is one of the genre’s most recognisable icons; heck, he's practically the poster boy for the Eighties. Somewhat typical of Craven’s film work, it was enriched with themes such as familial strife and generational conflict. Practically broke by the time he made the film, Craven signed over the rights to New Line and watched as his shadow-dwelling child killer became diluted beyond recognition - in no less than seven sequels and a 2010 remake. He returned to the series in 1994 for Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, a chilling post-modern reflection on the Elm Street series, and horror cinema in general.
Last month I revisited the series to celebrate its release on blu-ray, in a box-set crammed with all kinds of exclusive special features.
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