A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street

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The spectre of a dead child rapist haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.... (Full plot summary below)

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The spectre of a dead child rapist haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.

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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.
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.
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.
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 TylerDurden900 Nightmare on elm street has everything a horror fan could want. The actors are good, the plot is unique and the movie is intensely scary. Freddy Kruger is one of the most iconic horror movie villains. He is as recognizable as Michael Meyers, Chucky, The Exorcist, Nicholson from The Shining and Pinhead from Hellraiser. Nightmare is a horror classic that set the bar for genuine terror.
User Review - 10/10 by lukechristiansc as i was watching i was completely bored well some parts i got bored . but i got really entertained when things got juicy . " Nightmare of elm street rocks . Robert Enguland is a kick ass nightmare killer . Grade A+ P.
User Review - 10/10 by FanBoyCritic1 A Nightmare On Elm Street(1984) Starring:John Saxon,Ronne Blaxely,Heather Langenkamp,Amanda Wyss,Nick Corri,Johnny Depp,Robert Englund Written and Directed By: Wes Craven My Review A long time has come and gone since the essental slasher from the 80's was released and I have been wanting to see it for years. When i first tried to watch this it was the most terrifying movie I had everA Nightmare On Elm Street(1984) Starring:John Saxon,Ronne Blaxely,Heather Langenkamp,Amanda Wyss,Nick Corri,Johnny Depp,Robert Englund Written and Directed By: Wes Craven My Review A long time has come and gone since the essental slasher from the 80's was released and I have been wanting to see it for years. When i first tried to watch this it was the most terrifying movie I had ever seen and I couldn't even finish it. But finally it was on the television once more and I finally got to watch it, what do I think? Everyone knows at this point what this movie is about. I first saw the sequel Freddy's revenge which was terrible,un-enjoyable,boring,and un-scary. When it was released I saw the remake which was very boring but had a cool looking trailer. Freddy's original outing with Heather Langenkamp is about the small town the elm street teenagers dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter (Heather Langenkamp) traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger (Robert Englund), who was burned alive by angry parents many years before. Krueger has now come back in the dreams of his killers' children, claiming their lives as his revenge. With a supporting cast that includes horror veterans like John Saxon and Ronee Blakley, director Wes Craven creates moments of real dread by examining the line between nightmares and reality, as well as the "sins of the parents" theme. All of the effects and deaths are still slick,smooth,and disturbing. The movie has aged over the years but it's still pretty cool to watch and I just love how the father just didn't see Freddy at all I personally thought he was going to find out. Heck this movie even introduced Johnny Depp. I give A Nightmare on Elm Street a 5 out of 5.
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 DravenatorLives I love every bit of this picture. This is not only a masterpiece of horror cinema, but a masterpiece of indie cinema. Whether you're a budding filmmaker, a horror-freak, or both (I happen to be both), this film is a must-see.
User Review - 10/10 by Urbanlistener A Wes Craven masterpiece like any other! A landmark in the horror genre, with an unforgettable and nasty villain we all came to love and dress up as every Halloween and a great soundtrack that makes the horror scenes much more frightening. A classic you can't pass up on.

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