A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★★★

Nightmare on Elm Street still holds up. Perhaps it can't deliver the same "don't go to sleep" scares as in 1984, but it's presentation is still dark, creepy, and thrilling. Englund is rightfully renowned for this role, and in the first entry is given especially gruesome makeup and is kept darkly lit and in the shadows as any effective monster should be. His humor is still there, though much more malicious then his later punch-lining antics. Langenkamp is perfectly cast as Nancy, and Nancy is well-written as the intense, "put fear aside and conquer this", girl. Her gradual realization turning to determination to stop Freddy is paced well. No scene goes to waste at all in this film.

Discussed on Ep 3 of You Could Watch This With a Rock: ribcageremembers.wordpress.com/2018/02/03/you-could-watch-this-with-a-rock-episode-3/

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