I really don’t ever remember a time when Freddy Krueger was scary to me. Entertaining? Yeah, sure, but scary, never. I find myself weirdly fascinated by people who do find Krueger scary. On a whole, I can see how he can be terrifying; he haunts your dreams, he wears that freaky red and green sweater with the nasty fedora, he’s all burned and he’s got that horrible glove with the razor-sharp claws. Even better, before he became the pure personification of evil, he was a vile child killer who was hunted down, lynch-mob style, by a bunch of angry parents and set on fire.
So, yeah, he’s creepy and he’s villainous, but Freddy Krueger is so much fun to watch, in the end. The Nightmare movies devolved over time from seriously scaring people into movies built around cool concepts of how Freddy Krueger could hack apart six or seven teenagers a movie in new-fangled ways.
I’m doing all seven movies plus the bonus features this week, but does anyone remember the Freddy Krueger TV show? Because I do…
I guess this week more than anything will be a test of my fortitude, considering some of the awfulness contained in the Nightmare series, but hopefully I’ll make it through okay.