A to Z Horror: “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)


I have finally (FINALLY…) seen A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) (“N” of #AtoZHorror in August) and this movie is perfection and easily one of the best movies that Wes Craven ever made. Its a groundbreaking original horror/slasher that manages to stay far away from genre cliches and has its own attitude, and I loved that about it SO much.

The acting performances were all around top notch, high praises go out to Heather Langenkamp who gave life to a seriously strong and kick-ass final girl called Nancy Thompson. The way she portrayed this character was full of grace, wit and not to mention guts! Robert Englund also gave a bravura performance as Freddy Krueger, a truly scary and haunting villain that is not like any other. I also loved Johnny Depp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley and Amanda Wyss in this movie, the characters were just so likeable that it’d be hard not to love them. The story, the cinematography, the kills and the haunting soundtrack were also a huge part of what worked for me with this movie. It had a very own and unique way of introducing the story and characters. The movie was fast paced, the character development was great and kept my interest the whole time.

I am not making any comparisons but after watching the original classic Nightmare on Elm Street, the remake just looks like utter horseshit and went even more below with my rating for it. A Nightmare on Elm Street is an amazing horror/slasher that manages to stand out above other outings in the genre, its truly original and is a classic that you can’t forget about easily. My favorite Craven film is still Scream but this one comes pretty close, highly recommend it to all of you!

–Ferdi Akkulak