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31 Days of Horror Day 18: One...Two...

Title of Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Actors: Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri, a very young pre 21 Jumpstreet Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

Quotable Line: That creepy friggin' song, also: "Whatever you do, Don't fall asleep."

Director: Wes Craven


The Skinny: In the dreams of his victims, a specteral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.

The Good: I'm spoiler happy with this one because if you haven't seen Nightmare on Elm Street then you are clearly hiding under a rock or you have inevitably heard about the kills in this movie, and wow what a movie! Freddy Krueger is one of THE iconic villains of the 1980's and my absolute favorite out of all of the iconic slasher villains. Robert Englund brings a certain swagger to the character that no one else can or will be able to bring to Krueger. This movie alone has some of the more memorable kills of the series. Johnny Depp gets sucked into his own bed and a geyser of blood shoots out of the hole he had been sucked into. Tina gets pulled up in the air and killed on the ceiling and then director Wes Craven has the audacity to bring her back still in her bodybag to talk to Nancy! This movie is creepy and scary and just a great time. I have to admit though, I refuse to watch this movie at night. Midday screenings for me with this one because I can't sleep afterwards. The dream visuals are interesting and add some creeiness to the proceedings. Johnny Depp is awesome in this movie. This being his first movie he was incredible. Heather Langenkamp brings a quiet strength to the character of Nancy, making her one of the iconic horror heroines. All in all, a great movie.

The Bad: This is an issue addressed in the later movies but the dream sequences were rather lacking in visuals. But I can understand, budget being the big issue.

The Ugly: Nancy's mom extra crispy.

My final verdict: 5 razor gloves 5 


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