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So sang the little girls in 1984's horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street, which hit at the peak of the horror movie craze in the 80's. Wes Craven's creation added a dose of morbid humor and deceptive reality, which made it better than others in the genre at the time.
The movie spawned six direct sequels, as well as a matchup between Freddy and Jason Vorhees from the Friday the 13th series. Since that time, Friday the 13th and Halloween have been remade and/or rebooted, so it was probably inevitable that Freddy was next up for the reboot appointment.
Tomorrow, A Nightmare on Elm Street opens in theaters, in the hopes of striking a chord with a new audience. The director has done nothing beyond music videos, so I'm not holding our breath for a future classic. Hopefully, the movie can get through its 97 minute running time without embarrassing itself.
That's coming from the perspective of a big fan of the original movie, though. I never really got into Halloween or even Friday the 13th, but the original Elm Street movie is still one of my all-time favorite horror movies!
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