A Nightmare on Elm Street | Freddy v Jason Wkd
All 3 Movies JUST $11
September 29 / 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
It’s a ‘Freddy vs. Jason’ Weekend at The Strand, Starting with the Original ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’
Experience the horror film that launched a decades-long franchise of fear back on the Big Screen in true digital HD and 39 speaker surround-sound! Teenager Nancy Thompson must uncover the dark truth concealed by her parents after she and her friends become targets of a spirit of a serial killer in their dreams. And, if they die in their dream, it kills them in real life.
Wes Craven first came up with the basic idea for A Nightmare on Elm Street after reading a series of articles in the Los Angeles Times, about a group of Southeast Asian refugees from the Hmong tribe, several of whom died in the throes of horrific nightmares. The group had come to the U.S. to escape the murderous reign of Pol Pot, and within a year of arriving, three men had died all in similar situations. The young, otherwise healthy man would have a nightmare, then refuse to sleep for as long as he could. When he finally fell asleep from exhaustion, he awoke screaming, then died. Autopsy results revealed that they had not died from heart failure, but had simply died. It was this inability to find a cause of death that intrigued Craven so much.
The inspiration for the character of Freddy came from several sources in Craven’s childhood. Fred Krueger was a schoolmate of his, with whom he had shared a paper route and who had bullied him for several years. Freddy’s burns came from a man with severe burn scars by whom Craven had once been terrified as a child, and Freddy’s attire (especially the dirty clothes and hat) was inspired by an alcoholic hobo that Craven saw staring at him through his window one day when he was 10 years old.
New Line Cinema was saved from bankruptcy by the success of the film, and was jokingly nicknamed “The House that Freddy Built”.
Saturday, September 30, 7:30pm
1984 | Rated R, Under 17 not admitted without accompanying parent or guardian | 1 Hr, 31 Min