A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Director: Wes Craven
Main Stars: Heather Lagenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon
Storyline: Welcome to Elm Street once the home of a child killer named Freddy Krueger who was burnt to death by angry parents. Well Freddy is back and he is haunting the children’s dreams of the parents that killed him.
Review (Spoils): So we have the very beginning of the famous Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). This is a classic 80s horror movie and the villain is memorable with his stripped shirt and knife glove. The film is pretty decent and actually pretty gore for its time and being a more mainstream horror movie. We have the classic dragging bloody body bag of Tina (Amanda Wyss), lots of slashing, bed swallowing (yes I just said that) and blood barfing to the ceiling (Johnny Depp) and of course the glove in the bath tub scene.This movie is the must see for all horror fans this is the beginning of the nightmare series and it is the best one and most serious (well as serious as it can get). Wes Craven created a memorable character and the idea of being killed in your dreams is a cool concept. Robert Englund played the Freddy character as a sarcastic maniac perfectly and left an impression to last on the horror genre.
Ok so now for the downfall. Not sure why but the Nancy character (Heather Lagenkamp) drives me nuts, she hits a nerve on my system that just screams my god Freddy get her just to make her stop crying and whining. Even the look of her makes me want to slap her. Just terrible and to make it worse this isn’t the last of her!
Rating: Wes Craven and Robert Englund made aclassic film here and created a known series. Keep an eye on the connection between Evil Dead series and the Nightmare series starting with this movie into Evil Dead 2 (both Sami Raimi and Wes Craven do nods to each other back and forth). And remember when drinking your beer “One, two, Freddys coming for you Three, four, better lock your door Five, six, grab a crucifix Seven, eight, gunna stay up late Nine, ten, never sleep again”.