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Wes Craven

Wes Craaven

Robert Englund
John Saxon
Heather Langenkamp
Johnny Depp
Plot Summary
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.
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Review by Chucky
I remember watching A Nightmare On Elm Street at a Halloween sleepover party when I was a kid and it was instantly unforgettable. Freddy Krueger is truly unique horror icon which would be very difficult for any other actor to improve upon. The story is a one-of-a-kind for its time and has great use of practical effects.

This one of the finest horror films to come out of the 1980's. If there is anyone out there who still hasn't managed to see it, stop what you're doing, go get it right now and watch it tonight.

Review by Jigsaw
While not the best horror movie ever made, this classic comes pretty damn close. A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of my favorite 80's horror flicks. You get good gore (both Tina's and Glen's deaths), you get memorable characters (Nancy, her mother and father, along with Freddy), unforgettable quotes (Up yours with a twirling lawnmower), creepy scenes (the whole dream sequence before Tina's death) and a fantastic villain, in Freddy Krueger.

Truth be told, I won't speak too much about this film - it's one of the finest horror movies out there, and while not the best, a likely top ten contender. There are a few flaws (some of the special effects, especially to the modern eye, look a bit hokey, and the acting isn't always that stellar), but nothing that can't be brushed away without too much difficulty. Truth be told, while this review is short, not much needs to be said - it's a great movie, and one of the best horror films made. 9.5/10 (rounded down to 9/10 to fit site's format).

Review by Shadow
As a kid I was an avid fan of horror films. With the "Trinity" being at the top of the list, as those were the big guys on campus. Nightmare on Elm Street- Freddy Krueger- is one part of that trinity. The story is unique, the character is unique, and even today the whole story leaves a long lasting mark on my memory. Could it be nostalgia? Sure... but the movie still holds up, strong as ever, today.

Review by Crash Dummie
A contender for the best slasher movie of the 1980s, the extremely creative A Nightmare On Elm Street takes its great premise and knocks it out of the park. The best horror flicks always make you a little afraid to go to bed at night. This one preys directly on this fear.

With top notch directing, casting and special effects, the first Nightmare's greatest strength might lie in Robert Englund, whose transcendent performance as supernatural serial killer Freddy Krueger helped to create an all-time horror icon and is unlikely to be topped by another actor, were the series ever to come back again.

The film does an impressive balancing act of keeping the murderous Krueger funny, quotable and memorable without diminishing his scariness. The death sequences are appropriately nightmarish and the final, "Home Alone" style confrontation between Nancy and Freddy is one for the ages.
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