A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Critic Consensus: Wes Craven's intelligent premise, combined with the horrifying visual appearance of Freddy Krueger, still causes nightmares to this day.
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as Freddy Krueger
as Nancy Thompson
as Lt. Thompson
as Marge Thompson
as Dr. King
as Sgt. Parker
as Sgt. Parker
as Mr. Lantz
as Mr. Lantz
as Mrs. Lantz
as Sgt. Garcia
as Tina's Mom
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Critic Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street
The script is consistently witty, the camera work (by cinematographer Jacques Haitkin) crisp and expressive.
A smart, streamlined slasher with plenty under the bonnet.
A highly imaginative horror film that provides the requisite shocks to keep fans of the genre happy.
Craven vitalizes the nightmare sequences with assorted surrealist novelties.
Audience Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street
One of the most criative horror movies I ever saw!
Really like this one - classic 80's horror. Acting is a bit hammy, but it works. Nancy is a likeable lead and Freddie Krueger is just horrible and still quite scary even now. Just bought the box set of 6 movies, so will be working my way through them this long weekend. (Happier about this than I probably should be!).
Nancy: Whatever you do don't fall asleep. "If Nancy Doesn't Wake Up Screaming She Won't Wake Up At All..." A Nightmare on Elm Street is a horror classic and deserves every bit of praise it has gotten. This is one of Wes Craven's best movies, probably only behind Scream. An iconic villain is created here in Freddy Krueger, and is effect would be felt through countless sequels and even a remake. None of the sequels or the remake can touch this one though. It's a great mixture of gore and atmosphere. There's always that ominous feeling in the air. A former child murderer comes back to life and kills by taking kids when they are asleep. As kids continue to die, Nancy must find a way to bring an end to it all. The story is one that was pretty groundbreaking for the time and also extremely smart. This is a story that can truly keep people up at night, because if you fall asleep; Freddy might get you. Wes Craven has always been hit or miss for me, but this one lands squarely in the hit section. The atmosphere he creates is absorbing to say the least. There's also always a cool appeal to the film. It's just one of those classic horror movies that I can watch many, many times; like Halloween or Scream. A Nightmare on Elm Street is required viewing for the horror fanatic in us all. It spins a web of crazy dream sequences, blood, and intelligence. It isn't the same old, same old slasher, but one with something to spice up the normal formula. Some scenes are among some of the coolest the genre has ever seen, and there's something about Freddy that makes him more than the average villain. It's almost as if, he were truly alive.
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