A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★★★

Objectively, probably not a great movie, as this rewatch underscored how much of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" relies on the generic, post-"Halloween" slasher template (replete with world weary teens), and the 'dream demon' hook is somewhat hampered by an obvious low-budget...but, still, what a hook! And the thread here about an entire town of kids being gaslit by their self-medicating parents is especially effective; Craven inherently understood how well horror can express the generational divide.

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