Wes Craven dreams up some NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET trivia

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Like many horror fans I just love Freddy Krueger. He is a moment of inspired design that you really don’t see that often at all in scary movies. Most horror icons are really just marauding killers who later take on a supernatural edge. Freddy started as supernatural, clawing his way into dreams. But unlike other creatures with that quality Freddy also gained serious mainstream traction.

During the Eighties Nightmare On Elm Street was everywhere and in subsequent decades the ultimate dream troll has always held a spot in our pop culture consciousness, though everyone would rather forget the very poor remake from a few years ago. Seriously, I’d rather watch Freddy’s Dead on loop than sit through ten minutes of the 2010 version.

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FYI, Freddy’s Dead was the worst of the original films, followed by A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. But the third movie is one of the best and you really should give Wes Craven’s New Nightmare a chance.

Anyway, it has been thirty years since the original Elm Street sucked Johnny Depp into a bed, so Wes Craven released a few trivial facts about the movie on Twitter. Some of these are already known by fans, but there are a few new ones as well…

To add to the Evil Dead bit: if you watch Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes, there is a torn poster of Jaws in the caravan. Sam Raimi saw this as a poke at Jaws for not being ‘real’ horror, so he did a similar thing in The Evil Dead. In the basement you can see a torn poster of The Hills Have Eyes. Craven apparently loved this and as such The Evil Dead can be seen on a TV in the first Nightmare On Elm Street as a hat tip.

One last bit of trivia: to create the infamous blood-gushing bed scene, the entire room was built upside down.

Last Updated: October 24, 2014

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