Nightmare on Elm Street, A (1984)
Put Another Pot of Coffee On
Originals in a franchise will almost always be the best and superior of all the films. It's like cloning....you have the original and then you make a clone and a clone of a clone.....the first clone is never as good as the original, and then it can just get frighteningly bad as you go down the line.
This original, pre-dark humor Freddy does what he just does best. Haunt you in your dream, and turn you into a big mushy pile of goo.
Having recently watched this I was able to refresh it in my mind and the idea and premise is such a great idea; that really does span into various areas if done right.
This movie was great in it's idea of the dreams and so forth. The only weak part I really can think of right now is the ending. Those last minute scare endings are just crap. Even back in the 80's it seems like they wanted to keep it open for more movies. But it was forced. They had done pretty good all through the movie letting you know when you were in a dream and when you were in reality. Up until the end....was it real or was it a dream?
The acting was actually pretty raw. Don't get me wrong, they had good actors...but the acting abilities are certainly dated for the 80's decade.
All in all. Great film and if you enjoy horror movies you should check this one out.....and this even has a good amount of gore in it....before gore because "cool".