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A Nightmare on Elm Street

Directed by Wes Craven
United States, 1984
Horror, Cult


Freddy Krueger, an undead serial killer with knives for fingers and the ability to murder his victims in their dreams, haunts the children of the townsfolk who killed him in the first of the successful, long-lasting horror franchise.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Directed by Wes Craven
There is something primally frightening about the idea of dreams coming to life, because they can almost be remnants of previous lives—and in this case, as the haunting of Freddy Krueger comes from the errors of the parents who burned him to death in a fit of vigilante justice, fear itself becomes hereditary. Craven thereby taps into the essence of great horror, conceiving a tale that allowed him, and us, to explore the disturbing hidden depths of our humanity.
September 01, 2015
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More so than its heavy-handed commentary on the dark underbelly of the American suburbs, A Nightmare on Elm Street is more interesting as a film about how cinema is a medium which preys on the emotions of its viewers.
October 31, 2013
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Guess you had to be there at the time. Maybe Freddy Krueger becomes more interesting when he starts cracking wise in later installments, but he doesn’t remotely frighten or unnerve me here, and the whole is-it-a-dream? business is very clumsily telegraphed throughout. Shock ending makes zero sense. Only intriguing element is Heather Langenkamp, who isn’t much of a thespian but startles in this context merely by looking and acting so utterly ordinary.
January 30, 2012
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