Midnight Murderama Podcast Horror Film Blog Episode 1: A Nightmare on Elm Street

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“The Nightmare is the Universality of the Surrealist Slasher”

So why, then, do some horror movies stand the test of time? Why do we always come back to John Carpenter’s The Thing or William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, or, you guessed it, Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street?
The obvious answer is, of course, that the fears they tap into are timeless and universal. That is a vague statement — one which we have all heard in some form or other if we have read any amount of film criticism. So what does that mean? What makes a fear universal as opposed to temporal — like the 50 foot woman from 1958, the decade of the rise of the term “nuclear family” and a particularly single-minded Hollywood propaganda machine reinforcing traditional gender roles as a new way for women to “fight the commies…

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