A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★★½

A Bay of Blood: A Ranking of Slashers (1974 - 1990)

The supernatural elements in A Nightmare on Elm Street tend to trick viewers into ignoring its association with the slasher genre. Without a doubt, this is the most successfully innovative slasher of all time, spawned at a time when the genre was at its peak. Yet, it doesn't have the same sense that a typical 'slasher' would obtain, most notably because its killer is of the supernatural and metaphysical world; an evil entity, Fred Krueger lurks in the one place where people feel the most safest: DREAMS. A total invasion of privacy, if you ask me.

Wes Craven's triumphant and terrifying illusion: the wonderfully effective slasher that is A Nightmare on Elm Street, is to this day one of horror's most ingenious creations. Craven has a positive appreciation towards its characters and audience, highlighting the all so relatable nature of growing up. Really, this is the perfect teenage horror flick.

Step inside the dream clinic. Freddy will see you, now.


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