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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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Synopsis

Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.

Cast

  • John Saxon
  • Ronee Blakley
  • Heather Langenkamp
  • Amanda Wyss
  • Jsu Garcia
  • Johnny Depp
  • Charles Fleischer
  • Joseph Whipp
  • Robert Englund
  • Lin Shaye

Atom User Reviews

4.6 out of 5
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Verified Review
#original
#greatcast
#epic
#creepy
#80shorror
#slasher
#freddy

Always will love this movie!

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Shawheim M
Verified Review
#terrifying
#original
#leavekidsathome
#creepy
#great
#clever
#greatcast

It’s been 36 years when this movie was released in 1984. c, Amanda, Johnny and Jsu are 10+ years older than me. Robert England has to be 5 or more years older than them. Years after critics called this and other slasher films garbage, they gave Elm St a 2nd or 3rd look and realized how the story and script were well written compared to today’s horror films. Don’t fall asleep.

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Fred L

Metacritic

75

Nightmare’s skill wasn’t that it invented such associations—which had already been thoroughly mined by its ’70s predecessors—but that it refined them in uniquely disturbing ways, drenching itself in an atmosphere of unreality positioned somewhere between waking and slumbering states.

Metacritic review by Nick Schager
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
90

For such a low-budget movie, Nightmare on Elm Street is extraordinarily polished. The script is consistently witty, the camera work (by cinematographer Jacques Haitkin) crisp and expressive.

Metacritic review by Paul Attanasio
Paul Attanasio
Washington Post