The thing I like most about A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is...

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The thing I like most about A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is...

Poll closed May 5, 2010.
  1. Freddy's actually scary

    28 vote(s)
    28.3%
  2. The teenagers are likeable

    5 vote(s)
    5.1%
  3. The inventive death sequences

    9 vote(s)
    9.1%
  4. Charles Bernstein's score

    3 vote(s)
    3.0%
  5. The biting critique of middle class

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  6. Evil Dead being on the TV set

    6 vote(s)
    6.1%
  7. The unrelenting dark atmosphere

    11 vote(s)
    11.1%
  8. The practical gore effects

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  9. The "dreams affect reality" concept

    23 vote(s)
    23.2%
  10. The whole Freddy Krueger backstory

    7 vote(s)
    7.1%
  11. Johnny Depp's film debut

    1 vote(s)
    1.0%
  12. That it ends...

    4 vote(s)
    4.0%
  1. rhett

    rhett Administrator

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    Considering the remake is hitting theaters this month and the original slashterpiece is getting a new Blu-ray from Warner Brothers, I thought it would be nice to start up a new kind of poll. Rather than compare films as we do so often with these polls, why not consider each film individually. I've picked a bunch of key elements that makeup Craven's classic, which one does it for you?
     
  2. Drama Queen Die

    Drama Queen Die Banned Mofo

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    The mom was hot
     
  3. Matt89

    Matt89 Well-Known Member

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    Definitely the fact that Freddy's actually scary, with a biting critique of middle class being a close second.

    ~Matt
     
  4. snowbeast323

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    The inventive death sequences for sure, some of that stuff is legendary.....
     
  5. Bobbywoodhogan

    Bobbywoodhogan Active Member

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    The relenting dark atmosphere for me, most notably from the first one. The atmosphere for me makes the movie.
     
  6. Body Boy

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    A whole mixture of things...but the dark atmosphere stands out in this list.

    As dark as Part 1 was, Part II was even darker, and I think that's why I watch it more than any others in the series. People are way too tough on Freddy's Revenge. It's a good flick, but people can't get past certain things in it.

    So yeah, atmosphere helps a ton! It can make movies sometimes.
     
  7. Shlockjock81

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    Wow there's tons to choose from here... critique of middle class, freddy being actually scary... But ultimately I went with the atmosphere. The dark look of the suburban backyard (Tina's dream), the crackling fire and steaming pipes of the boiler room (Nancy's dream) etc. This film didn't need massive effects and tons of latex rubber to create a tense vibe.

    Sometimes even the most mundane surroundings, filmed with the right care and lighting, can transcend into something completely different.
     
  8. Bobbywoodhogan

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    Freddy's Revenge is awesome. To me it is the easiest one to rewatch, plus it has a special place in my heart as its the first Nightmare movie I bought on VHS back in the day. I love it, my favourite thing about it is that 80s feel that all the really fun 80s movies have.
     
  9. evildeadfan123

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    Me personally, had to go with Evil Dead being on the screen, and the long going feud, between Sam Raimi and Wes Craven. A torn poster for Hills Have Eyes in Evil Dead, then Wes showing Evil Dead on the TV screen in NOES and then Sam showing Freddy's Glove in Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn, but all of the poll answers are actually all cool, but I am a HUGE Evil Dead fan, had to go with that.
     
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    For me, it's the "dreams affect reality" concept.I think that's what gives the film it's originality.
     
  11. maskull

    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    Went with the atmosphere as well but I also really like the practical effects and Freddy's back story. Actually I pretty much love everything about this movie.
     
  12. _pi_

    _pi_ Peace, bitch

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    I went with unrelenting dark atmosphere.

    However, I would have said that my favorite part of the film was Craven's very nice blending of fantasy and realism. It's a film that's both gritty and 'real' and at the same time completely stylized and fantastical.

    My 2nd choice would be some of the most wonderful dialogue ever in a motion picture. "Mommy killed him ..." amazing.
     
  13. SaxCatz

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    I choose the backstory followed closely by the unrelenting dark atmosphere.
    I could vote for "Freddy's actually scary", but let's face it- its the back story that makes him scary. No cheesy back story or overwrought drama- just a real-life problem (a serial child molestor/killer set free by a failing in the justice system) and a truly evil man.
     
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    Was this a fued or were these symbols of mutual respect?
    I always assumed the later.
     
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    That Freddy was actually scary in this one. This movie scared the piss out of me as a kid and I think it holds up well even today. Also I was kinda in love with Tina and hated Freddy for killing her so fast!
     
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    I was about to go with Freddy's actually scary, but decided on the unrelentingly dark atmosphere, because i feel that kind of encompasses the fact that Freddy's scary, while also taking into account the other great aspects of the cinematography/score/concept/set design etc. I think my favorite single aspect of the film though, is how Freddy is such a mystery in it. He's constantly in the shadows, obscured by objects in the foreground, or backlit, and the effect is terrifying. It's like the shark in jaws (to beat that cliche into the ground). You never really get a good look at him, and it makes him even scarier. It's almost like, instead of the audience wondering "who the fuck is that," they're supposed to be thinking "what the fuck is that?"
    awesome.
     
  17. Harry Warden

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    Had to go with "dream affects reality ". I would have gone with Freddy is actually scary, but he was only really scary in the first two. He became more of a comedic figure afterwards, IMO.
     
  18. Copyboy

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    I would have gone with, "I look 20 years old!" but as that wasn't an option, decided on Bernstein's score.

    Sadly, I remember the first time I saw NOES and thinking, God, yeah! She DOES look 20! Ewww!
     
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    You forgot "all of the above", because I like everything from it. But if I have to choose, I go with The unrelenting dark atmosphere, which as someone else said, encompasses more characteristics into one. I love how evil it is, and I concur with others, I absolutely adore part II because of the same and maybe its even more dark and mean spirited atmosphere than part one.
     
  20. JoseCocodrilo

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    I really love everything about the franchise. My favorite thing it's the visual concept and how the reality it's mixed with the dream world. One thing that the poll doesn't mention it's the really cool artwork from all the nightmares, I think it's great, and my favorite movie memorabilia to collect!
     

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