A Nightmare on Elm Street
Runtime: 1 hr 31 min
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: John Saxon, Ronee Blakely
Freddy Krueger's best showcase.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 8 years ago
One, two, Freddy's coming for you...Three, four, better lock your door... Five, six, grab your crucifix... Seven, eight, gonna stay up late... Nine, ten, never sleep again.
After 25 years of sequels, spinoffs and spoofs, Freddy Krueger's best showcase remains the original Nightmare on Elm Street. His look is still wicked cool: Striped red-and-green shirt, charbroiled skin, knives for fingers. The film was a breakthrough for director Wes Craven, whose previous work (including the nearly unwatchable Last House on the Left) showed none of the darkly imaginative flair that he displays here. I'm particularly fond of the scene where Johnny Depp (in his film debut) gets sucked into his bed and emerges as a tidal wave of blood. (I love the way Depp is watching television in this scene, with the set positioned directly over his crotch; if his character had lived I'm not sure he would have been able to have children.) I also love the melting staircase, the scintillating shot of Nancy in the bathtub as Freddy's hand comes out of the water, Freddy French-kissing Nancy through the telephone, and the unforgettable double-whammy of the finale. The film is a masterpiece of nightmarish logic and imagery, marred only slightly by a not-so-special effect near the end. The score is also outdated but nostalgic in an early '80s sort of way.