Razors in the Dreamscape: Revisiting A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Slasher Film

Kendrick, James
March 2009
Film Criticism;Spring2009, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p17
Academic Journal
The article examines how the film "A Nightmare on Elm Street" affirms and undermines several of the structure components of the slasher subgenre. It discusses the film's resultant ideological consequences in terms of gender, identification, the gaze and monstrosity. The author cites the film's complex structure and theme as what made it stands out from other slasher films. He highlights the difficulty of categorizing the film as a slasher due to its interstitial text, characterized by recognized subgenres without fully adhering to any of them.


Related Articles

  • The Ten Rules of Sitges. Nelson, Victoria // Raritan;Fall2006, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p4 

    The author reflects on the constitution of the ten motion picture rules in Sitges, Spain. Through watching various films in the region that she had formulated random reflections heading to the proposal of the ten rules. The rules particularly regards the characteristics and observation in the...

  • Time Warped. Carvell, Tim // Entertainment Weekly;7/18/2003, Issue 719, p18 

    Discusses the plots of the motion pictures "The Terminator," Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines."

  • LOGLINE QUIZ.  // Hollywood Reporter;11/10/2010, Vol. 416 Issue 52, p28 

    A quiz concerning film projects is presented.

  • TREATMENTS. Tolkin, Michael // Film Comment;Jan/Feb2002, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p20 

    Focuses on the plots of motion pictures from different genres. Shortcomings of a film about a man who fell; Hannibal's crossing of the Alps; Confusion over war films.

  • Windows Without Glass: REFLECTIONS ON THE DOCUMENTARY GENRE. Burnett, Ron // Cineaction;Winter90/91, Issue 23, p46 

    The article focuses on the author's view on the statements of several identified individuals concerning documentary film genre. He argues that the statement of filmmaker Jean Rouch suggests that the image does not play an important role in the production and can be seen as a counterpoint to...

  • Sensitive Middle Eastern Characters Win Empathy in New Feature Films. Twair, Pat McDonnell // Washington Report on Middle East Affairs;Nov2005, Vol. 24 Issue 8, p54 

    The article informs that sensitive Middle Eastern characters in new motion pictures are winning empathy of audiences. The number of feature films dealing with Middle Eastern themes increased by 400 percent this summer--from one to four independent productions. Some of them are "The Keeper: the...

  • AFTER THE NEW WAVE RECENT Tailwanese Film.  // Metro;Mar2010, Issue 164, p66 

    The article discovers similarities between the film landscapes of Taiwan and Australia. It compares some of the Taiwanese and Australian films including "Beautiful Crazy," "The Treasure Hunter," and "Flight of the Red Balloon." It suggests that both Taiwanese and Australian film industries have...

  • The Western 1909--14: A Cast of Villains. Stanfield, Peter // Film History;1987, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p97 

    The article presents an argument on the research of Robert Anderson which analyzes Western genre films in 1909-1914. The author argues that Anderson did not examine the formal and stylistic attributes of the films, and characterized them as primitive. He adds that the research lacks historical...

  • Apparent Motion and Film Structure: Paul Sharits' Shutter lnterface. Liebman, Stuart // Millennium Film Journal;Spring/Summer1978, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p101 

    The article highlights the "Shutter Interface" of Paul Sharits. According to the author, due to the duration of the commitment of Paul Sharits to the color flicker format and the significance of his achievements working with it, he has become the most resourceful and articulate exponent in the...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics