A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) Review

It’s October so I figured I should review some horror movies. And one of my favourite horror movie franchises is The Nightmare On Elm Street series. So I’m gonna marathon review them throughout the month, starting, shockingly, from the beginning. The original Nightmare On Elm street is a great movie. Wes Craven had already proved himself a worthy horror director with The Last House On The Left and The Hills Have Eyes, but this movie was what really made his career. What’s great about it how original of a concept it is. (For those of you not familiar, Freddy Krueger is a killer who attacks through dreams). It’s not just another crappy mid-80s slasher movie, it really creates its own unique universe. Now, it definitely has it’s flaws. The plot gets a little convoluted, especially towards the end, and it hasn’t aged super well. But I can honestly say I think it’s one of the best horror movies of it’s decade. It’s got a really creepy and chilling feel to it, and despite what became of the sequels, this movie actually has some great subtlety to it. One of the things I like about it is how you never really see Freddy’s face. Not to mention the great practical gore effects, with a highlight definitely being Johnny Depp getting sucked into the bed. All in all, it’s a great little horror movie, and It’s no wonder that Freddy Krueger became such a pop culture icon.

Overall Rating: Never Sleep Again/10

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