A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★★½

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"One, two, Freddy's coming for you. / Three, four, better lock your door. / Five, six, grab your crucifix. / Seven, eight, gonna stay up late. / Nine, ten, never sleep again.".

Wes Craven is quickly turning into one of my go-to directors to when it comes to the horror genre and sure, he doesn't have a hundred per cent track record (I'm looking at you, Vampire in Brooklyn & Scream 3) but when he's on form, he's ON FORM. A Nightmare on Elm Street is a classic in the genre, and explores the concept of dreams in a way that almost makes me never want to go to sleep again. Craven mixes humour with scares very well - there's a few sequences earlier on that work before the scares come thick and fast, and as a whole, A Nightmare on Elm Street is a masterful addition to the horror genre that reminds us whilst yes, the majority of horror movies may be terrible, but every so often you come across classics like this one.

Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund) is a child molester who was burned at the stake for his crimes, but that doesn't stop him from infesting the dreams of the teenagers on Elm Street who all quickly discover that they had the same dream. Only this time, what happens in the dreams may not always stay in them, as it quickly becomes apparent to the protagonist Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) that they must devise a plan to stop Kreuger by playing his own game. The performances are solid even if Heather Langenkamp may not be the best actress ever and Robert Englund is downright chilling as the antagonist, helped by a fantastic atmosphere that Craven creates. Just because on the surface it may look like your typical teenager drama doesn't mean that it's going to stay that way for long, and the end result is one of the more exciting horror films that I've seen.

If you're a horror fan, this is a must watch, and if for whatever reason you haven't seen it already then it might be time to remedy that, just like I've done here. It stands up to the test of time and despite being released in 1984 it's just as scary as any other horror film released today. Is it better than Scream? I'm not quite sure, but either way, both of Craven's better films are still very, very good.

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