If you’re eagerly awaiting the day where your kid is finally old enough to watch Nightmare on Elm Street with you, that day has finally come—sort of. The Mayers Family decided to create a short film that introduces your kid to Freddy Krueger and only mildly haunts their dreams.
Freddy Krueger is a deceased child-killer who hunts and kills people in their dreams, thus killing them in real life also. The skin has melted off of him after being burned alive by the parents of his victims, and he wears long gloves with sharp knives at the end of them. The original 1984 Nightmare on Elm Street was rated R and a bloody slasher film. To say he isn’t kid-friendly is a huge understatement.
In light of the box-office success of the Halloween reboot with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her original role, Nightmare on Elm Street’s Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) has expressed interest in battling Freddy on the big screen again. You should start preparing your kid for this possibility immediately and you can do that with this short film.
The Mayers Family created a kid-friendly counterpart called Nightmare on Norah Street, which follows the classic horror film’s original premise. Young Norah wakes up in a pitch-black house and hears someone moving downstairs. She journeys down into the basement—she is very lucky that she isn’t in an R-rated movie because she’d definitely be dead—and looks for the source of the noise.
Freddy darts across the screen, but you don’t see his terrifying face, only his silhouette. You can still see his hat and those iconic sharp knives, but the shadow is much less scary than Freddy in sharp relief.
Norah realizes that she’s being stalked by someone and quickly runs in the opposite direction. Freddy is gaining. She’s not going to make it. All of the sudden, she wakes up in her bedroom with her mother standing at her door. It seemed like it was just a dream, but with Freddy, it never is. She notices that the sleeves on her nightshirt have been slashed. She’s otherwise alive and uninjured though.
This short has just the right amount of suspense and will get them in the mood for Halloween. It’s not so frightening that they’ll refuse to sleep because they’re afraid Freddy will find them in their dreams.