A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A group of teenagers are terrorized by "Freddy Krueger", an evil being from another world who gets to his victims by entering their dreams and killing them with gloves that have knife blades attached to each finger.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1984
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Wes Craven's intelligent premise, combined with the horrifying visual appearance of Freddy Krueger, still causes nightmares to this day.

Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

The script is consistently witty, the camera work (by cinematographer Jacques Haitkin) crisp and expressive.

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Nicholas Royle
Time Out

It's all good scary fun.

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Rob Vaux

Not since the shower scene in Psycho did one director discover our most intimate vulnerabilities: in bed, while we're asleep, in a state of consciousness where absolutely no one could help us.

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Variety Staff

A highly imaginative horror film that provides the requisite shocks to keep fans of the genre happy.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A Nightmare on Elm Street... puts more emphasis on bizarre special effects, which aren't at all bad.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

A smart, streamlined slasher with plenty under the bonnet.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Craven vitalizes the nightmare sequences with assorted surrealist novelties.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

A top-flight terror classic that spawned seven sequels and a TV series.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
One of the most criative horror movies I ever saw!
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Wes Craven's benchmark creature of terror: Freddy Kreuger. Combined with the… More
Nicki Marie
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… More
Sophie Burgess
It has ages fairly well but the massive amount of copy-cat films has made this film seem not so good to a new viewer. I'm sure that when it came out it was… More
Melvin White
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… More
Jason Calvin
This movie is a true classic. The concept is pure genius and ended up advancing the entire slasher genre. Even after nearly 30 years and countless sequels,… More