A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★★

This film was always my favourite of the eighties slasher crowd because it showcases a hell of a lot more imagination than the common "man with knife" plot. The plastic reality special effects are really effective, and fit in perfectly to the film's style (which is somewhere between real life and nightmare). Of course the central villain Freddy Kruger has become legend in eighties horror cinema, helped alpng by a wonderful performance from Robert England. The kills are wacky and spectacular, as is the killer's backstory, which sees the kids of Elm Street paying for the sins of their parents, giving the film some backbone. The antagonist and plot leaves plenty of room for thought so it's no surprise this film spawned a load of sequels.

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