Okay, let’s first acknowledge all those out there who find Elm Street to be a silly movie with little of value to the horror genre, or think the movie is actually a comedy saddled with unnecessarily adult themes.
Feel acknowledged? Good because you’re all boring people who lack any type of creativity and/or ability to empathize. Seriously, can you try to get yourselves lost in a movie or are you just too cool for that sort of thing. Quit ruining it for everyone.
Apologies for the degression, but we here at Raw Movie Reviews take our movies seriously, except our comedies. We taken them less seriously. And the Scary Movie Franchise, we take that even less seriously. Anyway, you get the point – horror movies are scary or terrifying or heavy or just plain fun.
This leads us into Nightmare on Elm Street. The 1984 version mind you, as if there was any question. The movie is scary. The subject matter is on a basic level is disturbing in and of itself. Child abduction and murder is unfortunately a common occurrence in our society, or any society for that matter, so why make movies about a child murderer?
Well for one, if you want to experience feelings and emotions related to the terrible things in life but do not want to actually live through them, or sift through police case files and crime scene photos, or listen to interviews with convicted child murders then your only option is the imagination.
The imagination of others is always the best experience because we cannot manipulate it ourselves. There is no way for us to stop the creative process if we are unhappy with the product and no way to anticipate the ending if it doesn’t belong to us personally.
It’s similar to the concept that food prepared for you always tastes better than food you’ve prepared yourself. It’s true.
Think about it next time you eat food prepared for you, whether it be your significant other or at a restaurant. Look at your plate and think to yourself, “Would this food be better if I prepared it myself?” – and if you’re eating at Golden Corral then the answer is obviously yes and you are disqualified from this discussion.
So, what have we concluded here? A Nightmare on Elm Street is scary because food prepared by someone else is always better than food you prepare yourself.
Makes sense to us.