Why is Nightmare on Elm Street such a terrifying film?

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.

Why is Nightmare on Elm Street such a terrifying film?

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.

Martyrs (2008)

Two girls are tortured when young, escape and find those responsible. Then they kill everyone in a bloody gore infested horror scene, then get caught and tortured again.

Tour De Force That is All At Once Brutal and Beautiful

This film is one of the most intelligent films I have seen in recent years. The beauty is dressed neatly in a suit of violence and brutality that is hard to find in most contemporary films, including many in the torture porn genre.

The premise revolves around two young girls who seek out revenge for brutal acts committed against them as children. Sound too heavy for you? Well be prepared because you’ll be shocked by how hard this film punches you in the gut. Violence is quick, bloody, and almost without reason during the first half of the film. If you stick with it into the second half your resolve will pay off in spades. The story draws in and begins to come full circle shedding light on everything previously seen in the movie.

I’m not saying you’ll have a religious experience, but what appears to be another ‘violence for the sake of violence’ film isn’t at all what you end up with. This is an incredibly existential film that will keep you thinking about it for quite a long time.

French movie about two girls tormented as children seeking revenge and violence.

Q: Is this a good film?

A: Yes, it is an extremely intelligent film. Well acted, well directed, but very violent.

Q: Is this a good date movie?

A: Negative. I’d avoid seeing this with a date unless your both philosophy majors who like to have long deep debates on the meaning of life.

Q: Is there nudity in this film?

A: Yeah a bit, but its situational not sexy.

Q: Should I let my kids watch this film?

A: I grew up watching blood and guts at an early age but I’d avoid letting the young ones see this. Not because of the violence, more because they will probably miss the meaning behind the movie.

Q: Is this film subtitled?

A: Yes, it is a French film and it does have subtitles. Don’t be so lazy!

Martyrs (2008)

Two girls are tortured when young, escape and find those responsible. Then they kill everyone in a bloody gore infested horror scene, then get caught and tortured again.

Tour De Force That is All At Once Brutal and Beautiful

This film is one of the most intelligent films I have seen in recent years. The beauty is dressed neatly in a suit of violence and brutality that is hard to find in most contemporary films, including many in the torture porn genre.

The premise revolves around two young girls who seek out revenge for brutal acts committed against them as children. Sound too heavy for you? Well be prepared because you’ll be shocked by how hard this film punches you in the gut. Violence is quick, bloody, and almost without reason during the first half of the film. If you stick with it into the second half your resolve will pay off in spades. The story draws in and begins to come full circle shedding light on everything previously seen in the movie.

I’m not saying you’ll have a religious experience, but what appears to be another ‘violence for the sake of violence’ film isn’t at all what you end up with. This is an incredibly existential film that will keep you thinking about it for quite a long time.

French movie about two girls tormented as children seeking revenge and violence.

Q: Is this a good film?

A: Yes, it is an extremely intelligent film. Well acted, well directed, but very violent.

Q: Is this a good date movie?

A: Negative. I’d avoid seeing this with a date unless your both philosophy majors who like to have long deep debates on the meaning of life.

Q: Is there nudity in this film?

A: Yeah a bit, but its situational not sexy.

Q: Should I let my kids watch this film?

A: I grew up watching blood and guts at an early age but I’d avoid letting the young ones see this. Not because of the violence, more because they will probably miss the meaning behind the movie.

Q: Is this film subtitled?

A: Yes, it is a French film and it does have subtitles. Don’t be so lazy!