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Nightmare on Elm Street, A (1984) 
Great Concept!
3/4 stars

This is definitely one of the more interesting horror flicks that came out of the 1980’s because of its intriguing idea of a maniac killing people in their dreams. Although it did have funny moments because of the ridiculous, somewhat upbeat soundtrack and some of the decisions that the characters make, there are a plethora of truly horrifying scenes. Some stand-outs include Fred Krueger’s first kill, the school haunting, and the bedroom blood flood. For a cast of mostly unknown actors (like Johnny Depp), the acting is credible despite the occassional slip-ups. The special and visual effects are not first-rate but all of it works because the real terror lies in the concept. For me, the factor that makes this film superior than typical slasher movie like the “Friday the 13th” series is that it blurs the line between dream and reality in such a way that it keeps the audiences guessing. Not only that, it has something to say about the parents’ sins from the past and how they can affect future generations. This is a truly classic horror film that deserved several (although less satisfying) sequels.


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