A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★★

“Whatever you do; don't fall asleep.”

Wes Craven’s original horror classic is fun, clever, and  surprisingly well conceived and executed. Its fairly moderate, but in a good way; feeling appropriately restrained rather than gross or cloying like a lot of other horror movies. Freddy Krueger is an especially great slasher antagonist; a perfect balance of feeling present and threatening while staying mysterious, with a really creepy and lively performance from Robert Englund. A Nightmare on Elm Street works so well mostly as a result of Craven’s fantastic direction, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series even though it seems kind of downhill from here.

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