If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I love horror movies. 

I even have a Halloween costume made from the original Nightmare Cinema in my living room, but I’ve had to settle for a few variations on the theme since its inception in the mid-1990s. 

In my mind, the Nightmare was the quintessential horror film, so it’s no surprise that it’s been the subject of a lot of debate over the years. 

One of the main arguments against the Nightmare is that it was a lazy film that relied too heavily on cheap scares, and didn’t get to its core ideas with the proper doses of scares. 

Many of the original characters from the film were inspired by real-life horror writers like Stephen King, and their actions were a departure from their traditional depictions. 

Some people argued that the Nightmare made more sense as a horror film because it had the added bonus of featuring an original musical score, while others said it was too simplistic to be considered a horror classic. 

The debate over whether or not to call the film a classic is one that has divided the horror community ever since its release. 

While the original director, David Cronenberg, was a huge fan of the film, his film is generally considered the least iconic of the many horror classics released in the 1980s and 1990s.

The films The Shining, Carrie, The Goonies, The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs, The Thing, The Ring and other classics are often cited as examples of the era, with each one being considered an influence by filmmakers like Cronenberg. 

Although there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to defining the definitive classic, the most popular arguments are that the film was a true masterpiece, and deserves a spot in cinema history as the most successful film of the 1980-90s.

The following article is a collection of the more controversial and interesting debates over the Nightmare’s legacy, and the reasons why they continue to divide the community. 

As we continue our exploration of the history of the horror genre, we’re going to examine the debate around the Nightmare and what inspired the films that we love.