Robert Shupe’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is classic horror movie gold. It is certainly a solid slasher franchise.
I can remember seeing it in the theater to a packed house during the initial release in 1984 and the scares and screams then were legimate.
To this day the first kill scene in the bedroom is the stuff of nightmares.
It builds off the old saying and myth that if you die in your dreams that you die in real life. Good thing we never actually hit the ground in those falling dreams.
The films addresses the common fears of nightmares, being accused of something you did not do, and of nobody believing you when you speak the truth.
It also gives that scraping knife sound which is the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard.
It examines the traumatic experiences of being a teenager as well as the sins of the parent affecting the children.
There is a ton of trivia and background to this movie. Over 500 gallons of fake blood were used. This was Johnny Depp's first movie role. Some of the story points came from Wes Craven's own childhood memories.
Robert Englund owns this role and his portrayal of the infamous Freddy Krueget is why this has franchise and this movie particularly has worked and been successful over the years.
Heather Langenkamp played the lead actress role of Nancy Thompson as both a scared and courageous teen instead of just a screaming damsel in distress and it worked well.
I saw this at a film festival this year and to me it still holds up after all these years. Many have become jaded over the years to certain horror films but this one delivers. It is a classic for a reason.