A Nightmare on Elm Street
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A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Teenagers in a small town are 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A highly imaginative horror film that provides the requisite shocks to keep fans of the genre happy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A Nightmare on Elm Street... puts more emphasis on bizarre special effects, which aren't at all bad."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A top-flight terror classic that spawned seven sequels and a TV series."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"...a low-key horror effort that's ultimately not quite as enthralling as its premise might've indicated..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"... ingenious exploitation that plays on primal fears and subconscious anxieties..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"Craven vitalizes the nightmare sequences with assorted surrealist novelties."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Still stands on its own as an intriguing and chilling example of how horror works best when the characters and the audience don't have to be lobotomized."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Craven knows which big, red Freudian buttons to push, turning Freddy into a true monster from the Id."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"An imaginative, menacing, and scary film with top notch performances, an original premise, and horrifying villain..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"...decidedly anti-art - at one point, a teen dozes off while reading Shakespeare - yet it still manages to rank among the top horror movies of all time."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"It's all good scary fun."
‑ , Time Out
"A smart, streamlined slasher with plenty under the bonnet."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"First feature for knife-handed horror idol Freddy."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Seeing the movie again, I was reminded that while the Krueger character did have some taunting, humorous dialogue, it was more eerie than funny. Krueger was truly a menacing, terrifying boogeyman in the beginning."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Horror.com
"A fantastic horror film that still holds up resoundingly well today."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
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