A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Widely forgotten in the tumult of sequels, rip-offs and parodies that followed in its wake is the fact that A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven’s original 1984 slasher classic, was not just a huge box-office success, but a critical success as well. Film reviewers recognized something fresh in the genre — after Halloween revived the idea of slasher movies and made them personal, and Friday the 13th inverted the expectations of a jaded audience, Nightmare recognized that you could push the boogeyman idea all the way into the surreal and have a whole new canvas to paint on. Freddy is an iconic modern monster with a more developed set of skills than indefatigable Michael Myers or the unkillable Jason. He can enter your dreams, take other shapes, murder you with creativity. Freddy seems to always be performing his acts of violence for a silent, invisible audience; as a movie monster, he’s movie first and monster second. Myers and Jason are actors. Freddy is a director.
NIGHTMARE DAY PASS:
Everybody has a favorite A Nightmare on Elm Street movie, but it’s barely worth taking your red and green sweater to the cleaners if you’re only going to come see one! Let Freddy truly haunt your dreams – and your entire Saturday – by marathoning all six Elm Street movies on the primary timeline from the 1984 original through Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (yes, we know there were tangents like Freddy vs. Jason and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, but there are only so many hours in the day).
In a true test of your Freddy fandom, we’ll start the screenings at 10:00am, and run them in sequence – with a few minutes in between for comfort breaks and popcorn refills – through midnight:
- 10:00am – A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- 12:30pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
- 3:00pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
- 5:30pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
- 8:00pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
- 10:30pm – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
The All-Day Nightmare Pass is $40, or $35 for Theatre Members.
Support is provided by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.