Much like Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger was a character that I always knew about but I could never bring myself to watch any of his movies. However unlike Jason I was actually scared of Freddy. I can’t properly say what it was about him that terrified me, though…was it the skin? His laugh? Or was it just the idea that he could kill you when you’re at your most vulnerable? Whatever it was he always stuck in my mind as someone I should be afraid of. But, much like Jason, that fear soon turned to intrigue and it made me curious to check out his movies to see what really made him tick, and that’s exactly what I did.
A Nightmare on Elm Street was a very very good movie. That’s more or less all I have to say about it. I didn’t have any major complaints that held back the movie or anything, I just thought it was pretty solid. One thing that did really stand out to me though was the setting and the special effects. Now when I say “setting” I don’t mean the environment the film takes place in, I mean the the dreams in which the action happens.
The strongest aspect of A Nightmare on Elm Street its use of dreams to show horrific imagery and actions. While I think the film could have used the dream setting to create more interesting environments I think the creative kills and AMAZING house scenes more than make up for it (plus the movie had an extremely small budget, so there was only so much they could do). The special effects in this film are extremely well done and it never feels like its budget at all outside of one specific ending scene. Speaking of the ending though you may have noticed though that I’ve held back talking about the plot in this review.
That’s because there’s not much to talk about.
The movie stars Heather Langenkamp as Nancy Thompson, a girl that is being hunter and tortured by Freddy due to seeing her friends get picked off one by one. Throughout the movie she starts to become driven mad due to her not being able to sleep due to her fear of Freddy and it’s interesting to see the character become more desperate as the movie goes on but it never really grabbed me. The side characters are all really forgettable but the teenagers deaths were all pretty fun (ESPECIALLY Johnny Depp’s character).
Overall I really liked A Nightmare on Elm Street but to be honest it was a struggle to write this review BECAUSE I had such a generic feeling on it. It’s very well made and a fun watch but it didn’t really grab me in a way to get fully invested in it, but I do still recommend it! As for me though I really hope the other movies in this franchise are able to get a stronger reaction out of me.