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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 Original)


Synopsis: The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.


A Nightmare on Elm Street was the first horror film, I ever watched and honestly the reason I feel in love with horror. I know there's a lot of controversy regarding the comparison with the Original Nightmare on Elm Street and the 2010 Remake with the same title. Although I have see the remake, I will wait until I re-watch it, for review to comment in a later post.


That said, I love the balance of humor and horror in this. It is obvious Freddy Kruger (Robert Englund) takes pleasure in the torment of his kills, and for it's time rather creative. I love the pace of the film as it keeps the viewer engaged, and there is never a dull moment. The storyline, is well structured and put together with little fill used in the film and who can forget the 'Tina Scene' with the body bag? "Come to me Nancy". I know that is a scene that stuck with me.


If I had to say anything negative about this film, it would be the choice of actress for Nancy, Heather Langenkamp. Personally, I found her acting to be over rehearsed and overdone in A Nightmare on Elm Street. That said, her return in A Nightmare on Elm Street - Dream Warriors, was definitely redeeming to an extent and I don't think her acting ruins the original film, which she stars alongside the incredibly talented Johnny Depp, who has definitely gone on to prove himself as 'one of the greats' and even in A Nightmare on Elm Street, nails the character of Glen.


A Nightmare on Elm Street, from Wes Craven, is definitely worth watching and holds it's own as a classic franchise. I lost count of the amount of times I have watched it. Trailer Courtesy of Movieclips Classic Trailers.




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