Villain’s review published on Letterboxd:
Easily one of my top 5 favorite horror movies ever. A Nightmare on Elm Street is Wes Craven's best film which is a big feat considering some of the movies Craven is responsible for. It's probably the only slasher movie that could be comparable to John Carpenter's Halloween in quality.
The concept is original and the film manages to craft its own identity rather than just ripping off
Halloween. The thought of someone killing you while you are sleeping is both genius and terrifying. Freddy Krueger was never done better than this first time. Robert England gives his scariest performance as the character with less than 10 minutes of screen time. I've been this movie at least 5 times and he still puts me on edge.
The sets are very well done and the music suits the film perfectly. Heather Langenkamp completely pulls off Nancy's dive into insanity over the course of the film. There is a reason they brought her back for two sequels. She's easily one of the most memorable "last girls".
Never watch the remake without at least giving the original a chance. Horror movies don't get much better than this.