A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★★½

“Do you believe in the boogeyman?”

This does not get enough credit for just how intelligent it is. It tackles generational trauma, morality’s relationship with justice, teen angst in the 80s and a complex interpretation of the dream state all inside an infectiously enjoyable 91 minutes.

A synth-riddled surrealist horror: A Nightmare on Elm Street is a landmark for its era and genre, embedding what might be conceived as flaws into its legacy. Corny dialogue and flimsy performances just add to the charm of Craven’s cult classic.


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