A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 4/5 (1)


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Rating: The Good – 68.9
Genre: Horror
Duration: 91 mins
Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

Wes Craven’s seminal horror piece involves a group of teens who are terrorised in their sleep by a hideous and murderous stalker Freddy Krueger where the wounds he inflicts can manifest in real life. Nightmare on Elm Street along with Halloween and Friday the 13th helped to define the horror genre of the early eighties (and beyond) thanks to a great concept and some genuinely terrifying set-pieces that to this day work a treat in the ‘scaring the hell out of you department’. Robert Englund’s performance is now the stuff of horror legend and is as sinister as it is scary. The special effects are decent and also hold up well. Heather Langenkamp deserves special mention for carrying the film (after a Hitchcockian switch of the female lead early on) and poses a worthy adversary for the nightmarish Freddy.

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