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If Nancy doesn't wake up screaming she won't wake up at all.


Back of Box:  From modern horror master Wes Craven (Scream, Scream 2) comes a timeless shocker that remains the standard bearer of terror.
Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is having grisly nightmares.  Something monstrous wants to kill her.  Meanwhile, her high-school friends, who are having the very same dream, are being slaughtered in their sleep by the hideous fiend of their shared nightmare.  When the police ignore her explanation, she herself must confront the killer in his shadowy realm.
Featuring John Saxon (Enter the Dragon) and Johnny Depp in his first starring role as well as mind-bending special effects, this horror classic gave birth to one of the most infamous undead villains in cinematic history.  Reportedly naming Freddy Krueger after a kid who had bullied him in school, writer-director Craven hatches a shock-fest from hell that "goes straight to the heart of terror" (Seattle Times).
Plot:  I normally go by NightmareManiac so it should be no surprise that the plot of this film makes me want to touch myself...okay, I don't take it that far, but you get the idea.  This film is the reason I am a horror, let alone slasher, fan.  It's ridiculously inventive and darkly sinister.  Definitely slasher gold.
Acting:  Robert Englund virtually takes over with his portrayal of Freddy Krueger, however, that's not to say the rest of the cast didn't do well.  Heather Lagenkamp takes on the role of the heroine, Nancy, like a real pro, she kept me cheering for her.  The rest of the cast is assembled quite nicely, with great supporting roles played by John Saxon and Ronee Blakley as Nancy's parents, and Johnny Depp as Nancy's boyfriend, Glen, his first starring role.
GoreBody Count (4)  For a relatively small body count this one still packs a punch in this department.  There's a pretty sweet hanging/neck break, a chest gets ripped open, and then, of course, there is the infamous inverted blood-waterfall.  Totally worth it just for the waterfall.
Suspense:  Most of the dream sequences have an eerie feel to them accompanied by a very unreal atmosphere.  The film's villain only adds to this feel, he brings the undead creepiness.  Oh, how could I not mention Tina slowly decaying in a body bag, that always manages to get a chill out of me.
Directing:  I like how Wes directed this one.  Not only does he set up some nice shots, like the shot above the tub when Nancy almost drowns or the close up of Freddy reciting the line, " God," he also makes a distinction between dream and reality.  There are many more moving shots in dreams opposed to the more still shots of reality.  The camera work really brings a lot to the overall dream feel. 
Tech:  The lighting, as well as the camera work, differs between reality and dream.  The dreams are darker, moodier, with more shadows opposed to the bright all-around lighting, even at night, in reality.  The sound and the music really bring this film together.  I mean, come on, the nightmare theme doesn't add anything but creepiness.  I'd also like to add that the Freddy make-up was absolutely amazing.
Other:  The best slasher weapon, without a doubt, originated in this film.  Claw-tastic.  I also like the opening sequence that shows how the glove came to be.  Oh, on another note, the Freddy nursery rhyme never fails to get caught in my head.
Final Word:  My favorite film of all time, hands down.  Everything about this film draws me to it, even it's faults.  A true blessing to horror, without it I don't think I'd be the horror fan I am today.  What else can I say?  Perfect. 


Don't Move, Don't Breathe, and Whatever You Do...DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU!