A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★★½

One of the most complete films - it's about God, art, growing up and the realization of the self, the things that impede this - one of my very favorite shots in the entire film is as a crucifix falls off the bedroom wall, before we cut back in a few minutes, wider - the crucifix has been replaced by the looming upper body of Freddy Kreuger. Kreuger is God, he controls our characters, and Craven controls Kreuger. The characters can never be autonomous from the text.

An absolutely immense film - even greater because it's just insanely entertaining too, Craven never lets his thematic exploration get in the way of crafting something watchable. Reaches its full height when it becomes a farce not far from Home Alone in the third act.

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