Growing up most people have nightmares. Anything from the classic showing up to school or giving a presentation in ones underwear to not-so-common things such as being in a plane crash or being chased by a vampire or werewolf, but most of us don’t have nightmares as severe as being chased by a murderer and waking up with marks on our bodies where the murderer has grabbed us.
Nightmare on Elm Street starts out with a nightmare. A teenage girl name Christina ‘Tina’ Gray (Amanda Wyss) is being chased by a man she does not know. He’s got gloves with homemade claws that can easily hurt you. She survives the nightmare and goes to school the next day despite still shaking from the nightmare and finds out that her best friend Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) had the exact same nightmare. Tina doesn’t want to sleep alone at the house and her on-again-off-again boyfriend isn’t reliably around so Nancy and her boyfriend Glen Lantz (Johnny Depp) to stay the night. Tina’s boyfriend Rod Land (Jsu Garcia) shows up, scaring everyone, and stays the night, but things do not go as planned. Tina has the nightmares again and Rod wakes up to find Tina being dragged up the wall and on the ceiling with blood covering her body. The door to the room is locked from the inside. By the time Nancy and Glen get the door open Tina is dead and even Rod has a coating of her blood on him.
Rod disappears and Nancy talks with the police on multiple occasions, telling them what happened with the nightmares, but no one believes her when she says she’s fearing for her life and that her and Glen might be next. She can’t sleep, can’t relax, and can’t stop thinking about what happened. Her mother eventually talks with her and the person that Nancy and Tina dreamed about was a real person. Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife and 23 of the towns children, but was released on the technicality that he was never read his rights when arrested. The parents of the town took matters into their own hands and cornered Freddy in a building, locked him inside, and set the building aflame. His soul was so corrupt that his physical body could be killed, but demons kept his soul alive.
Can Nancy defeat this evil? Does anyone live? How do you defeat a spirit that doesn’t seem to die?
Heather: One, two, Freddy’s coming for you… Long before I even knew about this movie I’d heard Freddy’s theme and as a child who suffered from constant nightmares it scared me to no end. Weird to think that years later I enjoy watching horror movies. If you’re plagued by nightmares like I was (and sometimes still am) there are a few things that can help. Keeping a journal to help clear your head, researching why you might be having those nightmares (stress?), and other things like meditation. Talking it out with a friend can also help (or even talking to a pet or a stuffed animal).