JC13’s review published on Letterboxd:
Film #29 of JC13's I Do Believe I Just Shit Myself September/October Horror Marathon
"Whatever you do . . . don't fall asleep."- Nancy
Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street didn't disappoint. It's tense, atmospheric, has a good cast, and some great thrills. I also loved the music. The thing it really has going for it is the story. A guy that can attack and kill you only through your dreams is such an original concept and they execute it very well in the film.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is probably best known for being the first film to feature Horror movie icon Freddy Kreuger. I'm happy to say that Freddy was awesome. His appearance is gruesome and he is genuinely creepy. The effects and makeup in the film hold up very well. Some of the effects they did are actually quite amazing by today's standards (the first kill).
A Nightmare on Elm Street does what any good Horror film should: it doesn't just rely on blood, gore, and cheap scares, it actually tells an interesting story. Everything else is just a bonus. It also has some great tension. I also really liked the ambiguous ending (though it set up for a slew of sequels). Overall I really liked it. 8/10