Madeline’s review published on Letterboxd:
To me, Freddy Krueger is the scariest movie monster because there really is no avoiding him unless you keep yourself awake. A Nightmare on Elm Street is a classic horror story that scares the viewers with bloody, paranormal-esque deaths.
Using dreams as a device in movies can become ridiculous and overused. Characters waking up from nightmares screaming and shaking in a cold sweat has been done to death in horror films but not with Elm Street. Here, reality is the safe ground and your dreams are where you will be stalked and murdered. It flips the idea of movie dreams and creates a really uneasy environment.
My main criticism is of the ending which is very anticlimactic and somewhat silly but it doesn't take away from the rest of the story. Elm Street still holds up.