NOES (1984)

“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.

Three, four, better lock your door.

Five, six, grab your crucifix.

Seven, eight, gonna stay up late.

Nine, ten, never sleep again. “

So, anyone who knows me and my taste in movies , knows that there are basically 2 big no-no’s when recommending movies for me to watch. They are non-English Language movies and Horror movies. I’ve never liked horror movies and I can’t even explain where those feelings came from. Did I get scared once as a kid? or perhaps it’s just a genre that doesn’t speak to me? Dunno (and probably never truly will know). So, when Kieron asked me to review a horror movie for his Scarefest, I was a bit concerned as to what I’d decide to watch. I was truly at an impasse. But then I realized that one of the best things about being a part of this blogging community is that I knew that if I reached out to some of my fellow bloggers, perhaps they’d be able to give me some ideas for a scary movie to watch that I’ll (hopefully) enjoy.

I got back a list of suggestions and then needed to winnow it down to just one; A Nightmare on Elm Street. What’s funny is that as a kid, I recall watching the first 3 movies of this series on cable and being ok with them. I decided that I’d watch the remake from 2010, but was quickly discouraged from doing so because it supposedly was crap. So where do you go from there? Basically right back to the beginning…which is what I did…..

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I think my first mistake was that I started watching this movie at the crack of dawn when it was still extremely dark outside. The first half hour completely scared the crap outta me and once again reminded me why I avoid this genre at all costs. We all dream and that’s one of the major draws of this film series because it asks a simple question that doesn’t have a simple answer; can our dreams affect the real world we live in. This movie came out 30 years ago and researchers are still looking for an answer to that question.

Even for those of us not too familiar with the horror genre, it’s a widely known fact who Freddy Krueger is and how he terrorized teenagers in their dreams and managed to kill or maim them by making the crossover from the dream world into their reality. Suffice it to say, I think this movie has convinced me to steer clear of the genre despite it not being as terrible as I suspected. I must admit though, that I’m extremely happy that I watched it at dawn instead of my original plan to watch it at night. 🙂 This way, I could get a good night’s sleep without worrying that Freddy Krueger would interfere with my own dreamworld.

The fact that it scared me obviously makes this the perfect choice for Kieron’s Scarefest. Thanks again for asking me to partake.

Happy Halloween one and all!

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You can see more of Rob’s movie musings over at his blog MovieRob.

 

 

 

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