A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★★★

One of my fondest memories is having my mother and father sit me down to put on this movie for me to watch. I was just getting into horror and they knew I would eat this shit up. And they were absolutely right. I sat there absorbing all of it, laughing and jumping. I found it to be so funny AND scary. It was a real turning point for me, where I began to realize how much pure fun horror films could be. Working in tandem with Scream, this film helped ignite my love for the genre as a whole, and cemented slashers as my favorite subgenre.

We owe it all, of course, to the master himself Wes Craven. Not only did he entirely reinvigorate the slasher genre in the 80s with this film, but then he went on to do it again in the 90s with Scream. What a master. Imaginative, fun, iconic, scary horror. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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