It’s obvious why bathtubs and showers are featured in so many horror movies: they’re places of restful and meditative isolation—ripe for all manner of violent intrusions. When Nightmare’s Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) begins to doze off in a hot bath, we know that Freddy Krueger—the vengeful killer stalks his prey in the dream world—will be making an appearance.
The sight of Freddy’s clawed glove rising from the water between her legs caused collective gasps in theaters across the country (and the virginal Nancy’s ability to battle Freddy fueled some academic debate about the consequences of promiscuity in ’80s-era horror films). The scene was shot on a specially constructed set in which a bottomless bathtub was built over an indoor swimming pool.
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