Naughty aka Juli Norwood’s review published on Letterboxd:
The younger version of me would have given this film 5 Stars, whereas the older me awards it 4 Stars! Don't get me wrong the film more than earned its way to the top of the Horror Movies food chain back in the day. Wes Craven's iconic slasher flick featuring the razor-fingered Freddy Kruegar was truly the stuff of nightmares and was so embedded in our pop culture that just last year my son whose one year away from hitting his 40's dressed up as none other than Freddy Krueger during Hawaii's Halloween festivities! Halloween is a big deal in Hawaii BTW, equal to Christmas my son related to me! And apparently Freddy's popularity hasn't dwindled over time, his legacy seems to have a life of its own and shows no signs of losing steam any time soon!
The film while dated held up pretty well, granted there were a couple iffy special effects but for the most part they were effective! The most chilling and effective practical special effects usage occurred in the gruesome bedroom scene involving both Tina and Rod! The idea that one can be terrorized and even killed by some deranged psycho during sleep when we are at our most vulnerable state was a truly a nightmarish concept! However it was Freddy's razor-fingers that drove that message home loud and clear!
The character of Freddy Krueger played by Robert Englund was unpolished, a diamond in the rough if you will but the potential was clearly there from the get go! I barely recognized a very young Johnny Depp, this was his first feature film!
The film was a huge success considering the budget was a paltry 1.8 million! It spawned a whole slew of sequels, a tv series and it even joined forces with another iconic horror franchise.. Friday the 13th! Believe it or not Nightmare on Elm Street was not easy to sell to Studio Exec's at the time. Lucky for the horror fans world round Craven refused to tone it down for Disney Exec's so Disney passed on it! Eventually it was picked up by the young up-and-coming studio by the name of New Line Cinema!