Day 07: A great hero
A little over a year ago when I opened my Entertainment Weekly I knew I was in for quite a treat. Low and behold there was an article about the one and only Heather Langenkamp. The main points of the article, by Clark Collis, was about how Langenkamp owns her obscurity in the acting world. For years, I have stated to friends of mine she is one of those actresses that got a raw deal. In the original A Nightmare on Elm Street she gives one hell of a performance. This is a film that I can honestly remember watching at the mere age of nine. Some people might find that inappropriate, but it’s nothing I would change and I’m glad my parents allowed me to do so.
At the time, there was my nine year old self watching Nancy Thompson beat Freddy Krueger. In many ways this was somewhat empowering, despite the fact this was not known to me at the time. After all, Nancy showed us all we could conquer any fear that plagued us in life. She also taught women not to give up and continuing fighting for his or her place in the world. This is a message that everyone needs to be reminded of from time to time.
Furthermore, she never allowed her fear to take completely over. In most movies, this is a rare trait for most females. In the horror realm this idea was still relatively new. I especially love A Nightmare on Elm Street and I will always appreciate how Nancy Thompson lead the way for future female horror heroines everywhere.