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A Nightmare on Elm Street 1

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Starring: John Saxon, Ronee Blakley
Director: Wes Craven
Rated: R
RunTime: 91 Minutes
Release Date: 1984
Genres: Horror, Cult

*Also starring: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri, Johnny Depp, Charles Fleischer

Review by Ken
3½ stars out of 4

Freddy Krueger, one of horror's most popular personalities is introduced proper in this first installment of the wildly popular Nightmare movies. A remorseless child killer, Freddy is released by the courts of Springfield due to a minor technicality - only to be burned alive by outraged parents who want to ensure that rightful justice prevails. But Freddy returns as a demon who stalks the dreams of Springfield's teenage population and kills them in their sleep. As a result, all the kids are afraid to go to sleep; and half of them probably wished they had insomnia. One teenage girl in particular; Nancy (HEATHER LANGENKAMP) knows what Freddy is and is determined to kill him after seeing her friends and lover butchered at the hands of the maniac. Only thing is, she has to somehow lure him out of the realm of dreams; and into the 'real' world in order to finish him off for good. However, the fact that this first movie went on to spawn 5 sequels should tell you that Nancy's efforts were hugely unsuccessful. Though made on a miniscule budget, the first movie boasts a strong plot, and retains a creepy feel throughout thanks to the masterful direction of horror veteran Wes Craven. Despite the fact that so many sequels were subsequently made; none have managed to remain as fresh or eerie as this original masterpiece.

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