A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★★★

Heather Langenkamp is straight-up my favorite 80's horror star. She combines teenage optimism with a wizened thousand-yard stare, actual tremulous fear, steely determination, hardened fatalism and incipient stress-induced mental collapse/burnout in a totally unique performance. That she does it not once but in three films, each totally different from the next, is the highest honor of her ordination. In the first NOES, she is able not just to survive, but to reverse the operations on FK, trapping him in a nightmare reality of which she controls the parameters. Fullest commendations! She is the best. Heather Langenkamp forever!

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