A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★★½

The Summer Of Directors Challenge: Film 8, #54: A Nightmare on Elm Street

80's horror movies have a certain charm to them, especially classics like ANoES and Halloween. There's this old phrase that 'they don't make it like they used to', but maybe they shouldn't, though. The trend nowadays is to make everything darker, more serious, and this is reflected on horror movies; The Witch being my favorite of them, but also The Babadook, It Follows... awesome movies, and you know why? Because they got what worked in these classics and gave it a 21st century coating. But would it make the classic horror movies feel dated, old or not scary? Not in the slightest. Admittedly, some of the acting here is cringe-worthy, but it doesn't take much away from Craven's singular vision. The practical effects are wonderful, utterly terrifying and Robert Englund drives the movie as one of the most famous villains ever.

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