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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Wes Craven’s ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ Slashes into the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress

A handful of horror films have made their way into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry over the years, including Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, Alien, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, and The Exorcist, and now Freddy Krueger is getting in on the fun.

This year’s new lineup of films that have been deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” we’ve learned today, includes Wes Craven‘s A Nightmare on Elm Street!

The 1984 horror classic is one of 25 films added to the National Film Registry this year, and the lineup also includes Return of the Jedi, Strangers on a Train, and Pink Flamingos.

“Films help reflect our cultural history and creativity — and show us new ways of looking at ourselves — though movies haven’t always been deemed worthy of preservation. The National Film Registry will preserve our cinematic heritage, and we are proud to add 25 more films this year,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “The Library of Congress will work with our partners in the film community to ensure these films are preserved for generations to come.”

Here’s the full list of brand new additions for this year:

  1. Ringling Brothers Parade Film (1902)
  2. Jubilo (1919)
  3. The Flying Ace (1926)
  4. Hellbound Train (1930)
  5. Flowers and Trees (1932)
  6. Strangers on a Train (1951)
  7. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
  8. Evergreen (1965)
  9. Requiem-29 (1970)
  10. The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971)
  11. Pink Flamingos (1972)
  12. Sounder (1972)
  13. The Long Goodbye (1973)
  14. Cooley High (1975)
  15. Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979)
  16. Chicana (1979)
  17. The Wobblies (1979)
  18. Star Wars Episode VI — Return of the Jedi (1983)
  19. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  20. Stop Making Sense (1984)
  21. Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987)
  22. The Watermelon Woman (1996)
  23. Selena (1997)
  24. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  25. WALLE (2008)

The Library of Congress writes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, “The great horror maestro Wes Craven, as both writer and director, gave a generation of teens (of all ages) terminal insomnia with this imaginative and intense slasher scare fest. Freddy Krueger (played by soon-to-be legend Robert Englund) is the burn-scarred ghost of a psychopathic child killer, now returned to haunt your dreams and take his revenge! Heather Langenkamp stars as the heroic Nancy, who figures out who Freddy is and must be the one to stop him. Also in the cast: Johnny Depp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley and Charles Fleischer.

“Made on a budget under $2 million, “Elm Street” became a box office sensation and has inspired numerous sequels (including a film that pitted Freddy against Jason of the “Friday the 13th” films), a 2010 remake, a TV series, books, comic books and videogames, making it one of the most successful film franchises in the history of any cinematic genre. The film established New Line Cinema as a major force in film production with some calling New Line “The House That Freddy Built”.”

Head over to the Library of Congress’s official website to learn more. Below, you can head to Springwood with the Halloweenies, who spent all of 2019 dreaming through the Elm Street franchise.



source https://bloody-disgusting.com/movie/3695808/wes-cravens-nightmare-elm-street-slashes-national-film-registry-library-congress/

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