A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★½

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Not really much to say about this one besides that it was good and I had a good time. Good scares, a pretty good performance by Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger and overall effective horror movie acting by the cast, great practical effects, a dash of religious and familial themes, good lore, the great eerie and pulsing score, just overall good stuff. I think I may have been expecting a bit more just from cultural osmosis and felt the dream stuff could have been more creative/surreal, but it's nice that the rules of having to be asleep for Freddy to get you stayed rather consistent. Being easy to follow, consistent, and constantly building are very positive attributes of the film, as the deaths of the kids feel like they have weight and consequences to the world of the film and we see a clear train of thought as the kids try to figure out how to stop Krueger. Heather Langenkamp does a really good job as the protagonist Nancy, taking the situation seriously and ramping up emotionally to the point where she stops being afraid of Freddy. The climax of the film with some weird visuals and laugh out loud "Home Alone" traps is great, but leads to a stupid ass "one last scare" twist ending that just left me shaking my head. It's definitely a film that's earned its place in horror pop culture and it's one of those films that everyone should try at least once (maybe in a more social setting than my viewing), I would recommend it and I may just have to check out the sequels.

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