We still watch "A Nightmare on Elm Street" through splayed fingers, looking away at all the most intense moments, cheering on that cutie-pie Nancy as she takes baddie Freddy Krueger down. Oh, and that a fresh-faced Johnny Depp is a co-star only inspires our repeat viewings.
We also like Wes Craven, the soft-spoken man behind the frightening, mega-bucks-raking franchise. He just knows what scares people, has a bit of a wicked sense of humor, and he pretty much single-handedly impacted filmdom for decades with his Krueger-cruel tales. The horror helmer is appearing at the Aero Theatre on Sunday, March 29 to give live commentary while the 1984 classic screens, which should enlighten fans eager to know all the details behind the devious flick. And while we enjoy the commentary directors give on DVDs, seeing one in person, with a live audience, just provides the proceedings with a lot of pow.
Dear Wes: What's up with the stripe-y sweater Freddy wears? We know there's a reason for it. And it has become such the sartorial icon. Please discuss.
Wes Craven Appears with "A Nightmare on Elm Street"
Sunday, March 29, 7:30PM
Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica