A Nightmare on Elm Street
|Title||A Nightmare on Elm Street|
|Genre||Monster in the House - Supernatural Monster|
|Opening Image||TBD||The guys arriving at school. Nancy doesn't arc. She starts off as a moral character, the only one who doesn't commit a "sin" and survives the monster.|
|Theme Stated||11||"Morality sucks."|
|Setup||TBD||The mysterious dreams; they dream about the same guy. The "sin" is all over the place. Glen lies to his mom. The teens in a house where there is no sign of a parent. Tina gives in to a guy's lecherous advances. Parents inattentive to their kids, divorced families. The perfect enviroment for Freddy to ply his trade.|
|Catalyst||12||Nancy wakes up inside her dream again. Her nightmare was no ordinary nightmare after all.|
|Debate||TBD||Nancy wonders if Tina's boyfriend killed her. She suspects that it's got to do with the dreams, but she has difficulty believing it. The question of the Debate: Ar the dreams just dreams, or something more?|
|Break Into Two||24||Nancy falls asleep and enters the dream, meeting Freddy.|
|B Story||TBD||Nancy's boyfriend sneaks in. She asks him to stay awake for her, so she can discover more things about Freddy, but he falls asleep. He is immoral by being disloyal to her. His actions prove he doesn't really care about her, he just wants to have sex with her. As a result of his "sin", he gets sliced by Freddy. If he hadn't fallen asleep, he would be alive.
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|Fun and Games||TBD||It becomes apparent that Freddy has the ability to bend reality inside the dream world. Nancy tries not to fall asleep and takes pills. She decides to go inside the dream and has a fight with Freddie who toys with her.|
|Midpoint||45||The policeman assures Nancy that her friend is fine, and that he's sleeping like a baby.|
|Bad Guys Close In||TBD||Freddy kills again. Nancy's mom doesn't want to believe her, tells her she's imagining things and they have a fight. Nancy learns who Freddy was, and what her parents did.|
|All Is Lost||69||Nancy's boyfriend, the only one who believes her and is willing to help her, gets sliced.|
|Dark Night of the Soul||TBD||A trapped inside the house Nancy watches out the window and realizes her boyfriend is dead. The police comes, they see the gruesome sight, they use a bucket to collect the blood.|
|Break into Three||70||Nancy decides to put her plan into motion, and asks her dad to help her deal with Freddy.|
|Finale||TBD||Nancy makes the boobytraps, goes inside the dream, comes out with Freddy but her dad isn't there yet and she has to tough it out alone; there's a Dig Deep Down when she turns her back to Freddy.|
|Final Image||TBD||Nancy inside her boyfriend's car in a dreamworld controlled by Freddy.|
|Notes||This refers to the 1984 version.
A big reason why it's a great movie is that the elements of "trap" and "sin" work so well. A "sin" let the monster in, the heroes who succumb to the same sin get killed as a result, and the heroine doesn't succumb to the sin and beats the monster. Simplicity. The Dig Deep Down moment, has to do with the theme: the heroine turning her back to Freddy who functions as a metaphor for temptation. The trap works well also: The dream world becomes an unknown world (just like the ocean is in Jaws) by showing us that the rules of reality don't apply there. This is the monster's domain. The monster is always somewhere close, preparing to strike.These are the movie's great traits, not the slashing. In fact, the "monster" element doesn't work well. The story doesn't engage us in curiosity about the monster's nature or character. The monster is just a set of gimmicks, a hat, a funny T-shirt, some claws. In short, the movie's traits that were subsequently immitated (a caricature jumping out behind things and chasing people, and the gore scenes of slicing and dicing) are ironically not the ones that make it a great movie. Freddy acts as a metaphor for temptation to be immoral. He tempted the kids' parents to commit an immoral action by lynching him, and in the bath scene his hand comes out of Nancy's groin. He flicks his tongue to Tina. He shows his claws to her and says, "This... is God." The main reason Freddy's a great monster is the same reason the literary Dracula is a great monster: He's the embodiment of the story's "sin"; in this case, a god-less view of the world, a mentality that everything is allowed and morality is a joke.