Forget the 2010 remake, this Italian A Nightmare on Elm Street fan film is head and shoulders above that. For instance, the soundtrack, the practical effects, and the overall tone of the movie are perhaps more spot on. It’s less sleek, more visceral.
The filmmakers have also given it a sort of Giallo twist with weird blood effects and slasher intensity.
It’s a near-perfect Craven-universe tribute for sure. As a result, fans are praising the project titled In Dreams.
Explaining why they chose to do a Nightmare on Elm Street fan film, the creators say it’s “because we wanted to pay homage to an era of sensational horror films, full of ideas and energy and with a visual content that has dictated the stylistic features of the genre for decades to come.”
In Dreams follows Cheyenne, an American teenager who is having a lucid dream. Above all, she is thrust into the nightmare scape that is Freddy Kruger’s domain.
Lighting and atmosphere are not spared as we watch Cheyenne maneuver through Freddy’s psychological traps. For example, she is accosted by an elderly woman on a table in a particularly eerie scene.
We should point out that Freddy is not the spitting image of Robert Englund’s portrayal because of the particular make-up they used, plus he has an accent, but it’s only a small distraction in an otherwise meticulous film.
The short film was written by Silvio Marotta and directed by Cristian Tomassini for the Anima Film Srl production company.
This is a low budget project that took a week of pre-production and a day of filming, all to “pay tribute to the master of horror Wes Craven.”
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