Paul Elliott’s review published on Letterboxd:
Wes Craven's written and directed slasher involving the disfigured spirit of slain child murderer Freddy Krueger, portrayed distinctively by Robert Englund, substantiated itself to be a relatively pioneering work with some practical supernatural effects.
A slickness exists in the story with some solid pacing as Freddy, who was burned alive by vigilante parents, yearns for vengeance by plaguing the dreams of the children of those who tormented him. It furthermore has an original approach with moments of genuine creepiness as Freddy dons a glove constructed with knives on the fingers with the premise being that if he kills the children in their nightmares, they become slain in the real world.
The skilled cinematography from Jacques Haitkin often helps to strengthen the authenticity of the film to a level which was unprecedented within the slasher genre at the time. It additionally boasts an outstanding score by Charles Bernstein which oversees in capturing both the delights and the terrors of the disconcerting exchanges between nightmares and actualities. It's all relatively entertaining and marked the screen debut for Johnny Depp. And while the character of Freddy has now been sadly heavily-commercialised the production here stimulates it into being an invigorating film not only for the already converted slasher genre fanbase but for horror fans on the whole.