A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) – Movie Review

A Nightmare On Elm Street…. Now this one I’ve loved literally since I was able to talk! You see, when I was young my Dad was a huge fan of horror movies, and one of the earliest horror movies (movies in general) that I can remember seeing is this one, (As a matter of fact the earliest movie I can remember seeing in general was, A Nightmare On Elm Street: The Dream Warriors).

And so it is with great pride that I am able to review, A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)!

Written and Directed by: Wes Craven (Scream). Starring: Heather Langenkamp (Shocker), Johnny Depp (Secret Window), Amanda Wyss (Dexter), Jsu Garcia (Candyman: Day Of The Dead), Robert Englund (Dee Snider: Strangeland), John Saxon (Blood Beach), and Ronee Blakley (The Driver).

This legendary horror movie starts off the legend of, ‘Freddy Krueger’…

You see, when Freddy Krueger was alive, he used to terrorize families in the town of Springwood by killing their children… Of course that is until he gets caught!

Now the problem is that after he is arrested by the Police, he ends up being released on a technicality! This ends up enraging some of the parents in Springwood. So the parents end up chasing Kruger down and torching him in the building that he used to kill children in!

Now the parents of Springwood can rest easy… Or so they think!

You see Nancy Thompson (Langenkamp), and her friends, Glen Lentz (Depp), Tina Gray (Wyss), Rod Lane (Garcia), are all being terrorized by horrible nightmares…

That would be cool if that’s all that it was but, when the kids start dropping like flies when they are in bed… the question becomes, ‘Is the curse of Freddy Krueger back to haunt the people of Springwood’?

This movie set the path for a lot of horror movie legends out there. A couple of examples of this of course being the work that Wes Craven has done for Dimension. Robert Englund’s long time work in the horror genre, as well as to put New Line Cinema on the map in a major and long term way in the horror field, what with eventually picking up the rights to the Friday The 13th franchise from Paramount, as well as all of the other horror movies that they have produced since A Nightmare On Elm Street came out!

Now this movie would go on to produce six individual sequels, a remake, and the only crossover to date, in horror movie history when Freddy Krueger battled Jason Voorhees in Freddy Vs. Jason (2003).

For all of you new horror movie fans out there, this one would be a good one to introduce yourself to horror with! And for the rest of you guys, this one is a fun one to get back to as well!