With the Platinum Dunes remake hitting theaters last weekend, and with the original recently arriving on Blu-ray as well as 4-hour fan-made documentary on the series, it seems as good a time as any to take a trip down Elm Street.
I remember seeing A Nightmare on Elm Street for the first time when I was about 10 years old. My sister was 17 and I was really excited to be hanging out with her and her friends. I sat in a dark apartment with a room full of teenagers and tried to act like I was supposed to be there. Nightmare to me wasn't so much scary as it was creepy and atmospheric. The ominous tone and dark undercurrent was unsettling, if not necessarily frightening. In the last few months, I've gone back and watched the original Nightmare several times. It's not a great film, but it's got a really interesting central concept, and while it falters a bit in the execution, there's still a lot to like about it.
In order to compare the available versions of Nightmare, I watched both the previously available Canadian Blu-ray and the newly released US Blu-ray all the way through. Then I popped in the DVD that was included with the old series box set to compare certain scenes.