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Director/Writer: Wes Craven

Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – IMDb

This is a Wes Craven classic from the era of teenage sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. While in many ways it may seem tame by today’s standards, it has stood the test of time by playing with that one area we all have just that little bit of fear for – Dreams.

Who hasn’t woken up from a dream in an absolute terror? Panting hard like you were just running, and afraid of falling back asleep for fear it might pick up where it left off? Or worse, been in the midst of it, terrified, knowing that whatever it is that’s after you is just behind you, about to get you, but you can’t wake up, and all you want to do is wake up….

This movie saw the start of a few careers – Most notably is that of Johnny Depp. Lin Shaye, now known for her role as Elise Rainer in Insidious, plays a bit part as the teacher of a high school class. It’s not her first role by any means, but definitely the first role I remember her for.

The heart of the movie however is left ventricle Heather Langenkamp, and right ventricle Robert Englund, as they are of course the Protagonist and Antagonist of the movie. The biggest disappointment of my life is when Robert Englund said he has no plans in the future to reprise his role as Freddy for any remakes – I’m unsure there’s anyone in the world who can truly take his place.

Being a classic, obviously this movie is worth many re-watches, and for its day was a psychological horror of mass proportions, following the rules of “those who break society morals will have to pay”… While considering that it IS one of my favorites, it’s very tempting to say it’s a 5… but in truth, it’s a 4… it’s a great movie, a classic, and one of the gems or the Horror genre, one everyone should watch, and re-watch!

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