A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Movie Review

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1984 | Horror
91 minutes /

User Score: 84/100

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Review


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.

Wes Craven directed and wrote this amazing film, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), that both created a horror icon, Freddy Krueger ( Robert Englund) and helped keep New Line Cinema from filing bankruptcy. A Nightmare on Elm Street had an estimated movie budget of $1.8 million slaying the box office with $26 million. Some fun facts on A Nightmare on Elm Street can be found here.

A Nightmare on Elm Street is about a sleep demon who attacks you while you sleep and when you die in your dreams, you die in real life. Freddy Krueger is a murderer who was himself brutally murdered. Krueger came back to haunt the dreams of the children who on Elm Street thus getting revenge on the parents who murdered him. Freddy Krueger meets¬†Nancy Thompson ( Heather Langenkamp) who, with her boyfriend, Glen Lantz ( Johnny Depp) and friends fall victim as Freddy Krueger’s latest victims. Nancy does not plan on dying easily and fights back.

I would like to say that this film is the first horror movie I remember watching as a child. Freddy Krueger did not have much screen time, but when he did, Robert Englund lit up the screen. The story and atmosphere were amazing. Freddy Krueger nailed the effect of making little children and adults scared to sleep. Krueger’s gloves were such a primal terror. The main core actors did a great job acting except for Nancy who sometimes was a little off on her scenes. Johnny Depp started his acting career here unintentionally. A lot of found memories when I watch this film. See if you can rent/buy the entire Blu-ray collection so you can have a Freddy Krueger marathon with the entire A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

About A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984

Title: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Year: 1984
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.15/5 stars from 111 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 111
Starring: Lin Shaye, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Robert Shaye, Heather Langenkamp, Joe Unger, David Andrews, John Saxon, Jsu Garcia, Joseph Whipp, Jeff Levine, Shashawnee Hall, Charles Fleischer, Jack Shea, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, John Richard Petersen, Mimi Craven, Chris Tashima, Ed Call, Sandy Lipton, Donna Woodrum, Carol Pritikin, Brian Reise, Ash Adams, Don Hannah, Leslie Hoffman, Paul Grenier, Kathi Gibbs, Antonia Yannouli
Writers: Wes Craven
Director: Wes Craven