2 September 2013

Nightmare on Elm Street

Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Based on book: No
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Heather Langencamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon, Ronee Blakely, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri (Jsu Garcia)
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Johnny Depp  Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry Baby, Edward Scissorhands, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Ninth Gate, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • John Saxon – old TV series, I suppose
    • Ronne Blakely  – Nashville
    • Amanda Wyss – Silverado, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Why? Johnny Depp
  • Seen: Twice. First time a long time ago. Now: August 31, 2013

      So the Johnny Depp marathon of more than 40 films begins.  It was kind of strange seeing “and introducing Johnny Depp” in the opening credits.  You mean there was a time when JD wasn’t making one weird film – often brilliant but weird – after another?  But this was it – the first one.
I have to be honest.  I have no memory of him from the first time we saw this movie all those years ago.  It was our pre-JD period and at the time I had no premonition of the incredibly diverse acting career he had ahead of him. Did anybody?  He’s cute here, to be sure, but bland and ordinary in his teenage boy dorkiness. No, not even that.  He refined dorkiness in later movies.  Here he’s just…normal.  OMG what an insult. Is one allowed to use that word about JD?
Anyway.  I’m not a fan of this kind of movie. I haven’t seen the Scream movies or the Scary Movies or any of the others. I don’t know which ones are parodies of which.  I can’t compare Nightmare to any others. The only reason we saw this one back then was curiosity about the hype and our reaction was OK, that was kind of…cool…or something.
Same reaction this time. As a silly movie with a lot of chasing, dark corners, fog, screaming and blood it’s not bad.  The story is somewhat interesting. The scary parts are, well, not all that scary but a little at times.  The heroine is a plucky, clever, non-beautiful WASP California girl who dares to defy Freddy. Likeable enough.
The acting is pretty bad. If I say JD is the only one who doesn’t seem to be an amateur (which is pretty funny because he’s about the only one who is – or at least he’s not sure at this point that he wants to be an actor), you see what I mean.
I wouldn’t have bothered to get the DVD if we hadn’t decided to do the JD marathon. I’m glad I didn’t buy the whole box. But with that said (the extra ½ is because of the film’s historical value as JD’s first):
2 ½ * of 5

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