Nancy Boy: Denver FilmCenter's Keith Garcia gets A Nightmare On Elm Street tattoo


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Courtesy of the "I Am Nancy" Facebook page.
Well, you know, I've been very steeped in horror, like, my whole life. Horror is one of the few genres that has a bunch of rules that basically constitute how people enjoy horror. And one of those in the typical slasher film was the 'final girl'. Nancy as a character, you can't even initially put her as the final girl, per se, because A Nightmare on Elm Street breaks the rules of the slasher film that was really going on at the time.

Because of so many aspects -- the whole being that Nancy was never a plain, bookish virgin that was caught in the middle of this thing, and then ends up reacting. In the film, she was proactive and was a big deal to me as a kid when I saw that film. My brother and I used to play Nightmare on Elm Street in the backyard, and I would make him be Freddy, and I would be Nancy. And that didn't seem weird to me (Laughs). That didn't feel one bit off.

Nancy's the hero of the movie, and that translated over the course of -- I mean that's a series that has technically eight films in it -- three of them where she is the heroine. Which is another 'breaks the rules' idea for horror films. Unless you count Halloween, and even then in that film, Laurie Strode is much more of a victim than she is a hero.

For me, over the scope of cinema, if there has ever been one -- of horror cinema -- if there has ever been one character that I ever related to and think is someone I'd like to carry around for the rest of my life, just as a reminder of, you know what, maybe don't succumb to your fears, but just make a plan and get over them -- It would be Nancy Thompson.

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Did you get to spend some time with Heather when she was here?

Oh yeah, it was amazing having her out here. She was so gracious and fun and sweet. She stayed for three hours after the screening to sign autographs and talk to every person who came. Everyone got a great little Nancy moment after the screening. She was down for it all.

Its one of those things; Heather is totally aware of what place she has at these things. She's moved on from it, but her and her husband run a special effects and makeup company in Los Angeles, one of the best ones. She stays in cinema, but she knows where her place was in all of this, and I think enjoys knowing that people do appreciate it.

I mean, that was the thing about all the fans that came out. Those were fans of Nancy. I'm sure those people loved Nightmare on Elm Street, and probably Freddy too, but they stuck around for all that because that was Nancy.

So it was maybe a little vindication for Nancy.

Yeah, she doesn't have a Nancy doll, but she has her fans. And now someone has a tattoo (Laughs).

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