Whatever You Do, Don't Fall Asleep

Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you… Three, four, better lock the door… Five, six, grab a crucifix… Seven, eight, gonna stay up late… Nine, ten, never sleep again.” Once these chilling words are uttered, it’s hard not to get goose bumps. Not only do the words carry scary imagery, but they are also uttered by creepy kids. It’s hard not to be scared during Wes Craven’s film, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). The film showcases a cast who play their characters relatively well. The character of Glen was Johnny Depp’s first movie role, and he plays his character better than anyone else. It’s obvious he was an excellent actor from the start.
The movie begins in the dream of a teenager named Tina (Amanda Wyss); she is being chased through a boiler room by a man. Although she is not killed in her dream, her clothing gets sliced by the man. When she wakes up, she realizes her nightgown is slashed in the same way it was cut in her dreams. She is haunted by the memory of the scary, fedora- wearing man, clad in a red and green stripped sweater, with a razorblade fingered glove. We learn later that this man is Freddy Krueger. When Tina goes to school the next morning, she meets up with her friend Nancy (Heather Langenkamp), Nancy’s boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp), and Tina’s boyfriend Rod (Jsu Garcia). Tina tries to ask her friends if they had a weird dream the night before. The only person who will wait around long enough is Nancy, the boys run off to class. They get to talking, and they realize their dreams featured the same man. Later that night, Tina asks Nancy and Glen to stay at her house for the night while her mother is away. This is when things really start happening. But why are these things happening? Throughout the movie, we learn of Freddy’s background. It is then clear why these teens are being targeted. It is then up to Nancy to stop Freddy, by bringing him into the real world and killing him once and for all.
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