A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street

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  • Released: 1984
  • Runtime: 91 mins
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Studio: New Line Cinema
  • Genres: Horror

Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. When 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.... (Full plot summary below)

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Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. When 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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ReelViews - 9/10 by James Berardinelli A Nightmare on Elm Street is tailor made for those who like their gore leavened with thought-provoking ideas - something that is a rarity in this genre.
Empire - 8/10 by Gavin Bainbridge Turning slumberland into a twisted murderer's den is a masterstroke by Craven, who has brought new blood to a genre that seemed as if it might choke on it's own excesses.
Entertainment Weekly - 8/10 by Clark Collis Some of the effects remain nicely repulsive; Freddy himself comes across as a genuinely nasty piece of work, far removed from his later incarnation.
Chicago Reader - 8/10 by J.R. Jones Here the idea of sleep as the ultimate threat is still fresh and marvelously insidious, and Craven vitalizes the nightmare sequences with assorted surrealist novelties.
Variety - 8/10 by (Staff Not Cretdited) A Nightmare on Elm Street is a highly imaginative horror film that provides the requisite shocks to keep fans of the genre happy.
The New York Times - 7/10 by Vincent Canby A Nightmare on Elm Street puts more emphasis on bizarre special effects, which aren't at all bad.
User Review - 10/10 by kyle20ellis This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I Nightmare On Elm Street Is A Great Horror Film. It's Clever, Original, And Most Importantly, It's Actually Scary. It's A Highlight Of Maestro Of Horror Wes Craven's Career, And Introduced One Of The Most Terrifying And Iconic Movie Monsters Of All, Freddy Krueger Chillingly Portrayed By Robert Englund. It's Craven's Ability To Derive Scares From Our Natural Fear Of The Unknown That Makes The Film Work On So Many Levels. We Know So Little About Dreams, And The Idea That They Can Cross Over Into The Real World Is A Disturbing Concept Indeed. You Can't Underestimate The Influence Of Nightmare On Films Either, As Without It, You Probably Wouldn't Have Craven's Self-Deprecating Scream Franchise, Or Such Intellectual Blockbusters Addressing Similar Material As Christopher Nolan's Inception. Despite It's Numerous Scares And Philosophical Themes Standing Up Even Today, Some Aspects Of A Nightmare On Elm Street Haven't Suite Stood The Test Of Time. The Sequence Where Freddy Walks Out Of The Mist With Pantomime Prop Quality Extended Arms And The Infamous Rubber Legs Being Dragged Through The Tiny Window Border On Laughable When Watched Today. That Said, These Minor Gripes Do Little To Ruin Your Enjoyment Of A Seminal Horror Film. It's Not Just A Slasher Flick, There's Actually Some Intelligence Behind It Which Makes A Nice Change To The Dumb Modern Hollywood Horror.
User Review - 10/10 by seifer Freddy Krueger... Brilliant and unique to the world of horror. My favourite horror character of all time; with his corny lines, freakish background before he becomes the monster we love and he is just fabulous (as well as the brilliant actors that played him).
User Review - 10/10 by horcrux2007 This is one of the scariest films I have ever seen. It has a very creepy and intriguing premise which it carries out extremely well. The little twists and turns in the plot keep you on the edge of your seat, and the bending between reality and fantasy is very original. This is one of my favorite slasher films of all time, and I give it my highest recommendation.
User Review - 10/10 by TravisS. AMAZING.
User Review - 10/10 by Cloudernest This is my favorite film. There are all i need... This is most horrible film ever. I always loved this one. Characters have very emotional role. Plot is very original. Horror may be just call horror, but A Nightmare on Elm Street is realy scary.
User Review - 10/10 by RegOz A classic...it will never age! A milestone in the horror genre, that is for sure! There is much to love and nothing to hate about this film (well, we hate Freddy, but we love the idea that he is there, otherwise we wouldn't have had this movie!!! ;) ). Nowadays, there are not many horror movies that can compare to this one...

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