A Nightmare on Elm Street Review

“A Nightmare On Elm Street Is Without A Doubt One Of The Best Films To Ever Enter The Horror-genre.”

October 24th, 2011

Who would've thought that when this particular film was released in 1984 it would make its way as one of the top flicks in the horror genre of all-time? The film was released ten years before my birth, so how should I know how audiences reacted to the film? Grasping a strong sense of curiosity, I asked my parents and learned their input on the film when it released during their high-school days. Oddly enough, for the first time my parents have actually reminisced on something I actually care to hear about.

(Dad's Interview):

Corey: So, how old were you when A Nightmare on Elm Street was released?

Dad: I was-I want to say, sixteen years old.

Corey: Did you see the film on the big-screen?

Dad: I saw it opening day! Me and a big group of friends went and saw it together. It was a blast.

Corey: Best horror movie of your time?

Dad: All of the best horror-movies came out during my time so that's a tough question. It was definitely one of the scariest though---you know, before the sequels got ridiculous.

Corey: What was the crowd's reaction to the film?

Dad: Jesus, it was years ago, Corey. How am I supposed to remember? Good, I would say.

Corey: Alright, well, I guess that's all I need.

Dad: Why are you even asking me all this?

Corey: I was just curious, that's all.

(Mom's Interview):

Corey: Mom, you've seen the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, right?

Mom: Of course I did. It was me and your father's very first date.

Corey: First date? He said that he went to see it with a group of fri---never mind. Uh, so how did the audience respond to what Wes Craven had created? Clearly he had come up with a film that contained a brilliant concept. I'm curious to how people responded to it when they first saw it..

Mom: They responded....hmmm, I'm just trying to think back here, well let me put it this way: My friends and I saw it at least four times in the cinema.

Corey: So you obviously liked it then?

Mom: Well, it's not that I particularly liked it, it was just the only thing out at the time that everyone wanted to see. Literally, this was the movie that everyone wanted to see. By the time that it had come out to the time it was pulled from the theaters, just about everyone at school had seen it.

Corey: What was it like to be with the crowd that was able to experience who this Fred Kruger was for the first time? Kids nowadays know him because he's a familiar face to the genre.

Mom: Seeing this movie and not really know who this Fred Kruger was, how he looked, why he was doing this to these poor teenagers in their dreams was a good mystery. You kids seeing the film now already know just about everything you need to know about the killer even before seeing the movie. And that's no fun! When I first saw Kruger's burnt-up face and his scratchy claws, let me tell you, I couldn't get it out of my head, or dreams for that matter, for a good month.

Corey: So the movie affected you?

Mom: Yes! Now you kids look up to this Fred Kruger as something "cool". Hell, when I was your age he wasn't cool. He was a dark, creepy motherfu---

Corey: Mom, do you have to swear in my interview?

Mom: Sorry.

Corey: Even now kids of this generation can think Fred Kruger as a dark, creepy character, can't they?

Mom: Well...after the first one came the character was never really the same. The sequels, to my advantage then, were hilarious. Kruger's character was much lighter after the first movie. The cheesy punch-lines, cornball laugh...eh, it killed the character.

Corey: I've always found the difference from Freddy in film one from film 2 on to be amusing. That's what makes the first film a true classic. It's the only Nightmare on Elm Street flick that truly provides the scares. The rest were just practical jokes on its own character. A bit lame? Yes. I still found them fun though.

Mom: Honestly, I couldn't remember the sequels if I tried. The first is the only one out of the, how many there is now, that is actually a fantastic example of the horror-genre.

Corey: Hmmm...alright, well thanks. I've got "homework" to get to.

(Personal Opinion)

Freddy Kruger is definitely my favorite slasher in the horror-genre. Whether it's the creepy Fred from the original-flick or the drop-dead humorous cheese-ball Freddy from the sequels, he is and always will be one of the greatest movie-villains ever crafted. All that goes thanks to Wes Craven, the so-called "horror-master". He lost that title from my standards with just about everything he's made other than his 1984 horror masterpiece. This original flick sets up an original concept, builds tension perfectly, and the music cues are extraordinary. A Nightmare on Elm Street is without a doubt one of the best films to ever enter the horror-genre. It introduced the world to a character that, from what I've heard, no one ever expected to be so loved. Be sure to stop on by tomorrow night to catch an exclusive interview from my uncle, and of course my words as well on A Nightmare on Elm Street part 2: Freddy's Revenge. Things get shitty!

Thanks for the read!

-Interview by Corey Wood


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  • rlt9009 • 5 years ago

    Great review and a true horror classic.


    • ghostman • 5 years ago

      @moviegeek@corey I was also an avid ReelzChannel viewer for Moviemob and The Big Tease, but then things got out of hand :/ @corey loved NOES and it is one of the better slasher teen 80's horror movies that came out in the last 30 years :) good Interview BTW.


      • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 5 years ago

        @moviegeek -- Wow, really? Their recommendations get worse and worse. I'm glad that I know that I haven't been missing out on anything.


        • moviegeek • 5 years ago

          @corey I liked Dailes when it had Mike Richards on it. Reelz in the Round was my favorite segment :) Now it sucks.

          I don't watch Reelz anymore. For that reason and also during commercial breaks they show "recommended" films.. and one of them was Twilight. FAIL.


          • corey • 5 years ago

            @moviegeek They might of gotten rid of it cause' ReelzChannel pretty much just shows movies and sitcoms now. No original shows anymore. I miss Dailies too!


            • corey • 5 years ago

              @moviegeek Surprisingly, this is all real. I was at a family BBQ and since I was planning something big for my Elm Street reviews, I figured since most of my family were in High-School in the 80's, it would be interesting to interview them on their thoughts. My parents are pretty weird so their answers here are legit. I have an interview with my Uncle for the next review (part 2) but his interview is short and doesn't take up much of the review. The next few reviews will be mostly my own thoughts. And favorites, huh? Scooooreee.


              • XxNickTheFilmCriticXx • 5 years ago

                @corey -- Hm, interesting "review", to say the least. While I liked the interviewing segments, I wanted to know your opinion on the film itself from many different standpoints and aspects. I had a great time reading this, though!

                I really do miss the good ole' days of Reelz Channel - it's really not the same anymore, and they took out a lot -if not all- of the people that were on there a couple of years ago. Not to mention a lot of the shows. ;/


                • slysnide • 5 years ago

                  I never cared for the "Elm Street" franchise. The first had a great concept, but at times it got this dreary look and feel to everything (which was the point) and at times it was unintentionally funny. I've never sat through one full sequel, but have seen enough clips and read enough reviews to know they're crap. Besides perhaps the innovative seventh film which Craven returned for. Nice one at...checking....K @corey.


                  • SpaceCowboy • 5 years ago

                    @corey I HATED this movie, man. Sorry. Interesting sort of review though.


                    • moviegeek • 5 years ago

                      Okay three things:

                      @corey I LOVED MovieMob!! Why did they take that away!

                      @corey Is this a legit interview with your parents, or did you add in some stuff for comic relief?

                      @corey Hilarious, original, and awesome review. One of my favorite reads in the past month. Favorites.


                      • jayaottley • 5 years ago

                        @corey Love the style of the review very unique, and your quote line just said it all for what is my favourite film of all time, which i watched when i was 4yrs old haha, this is the reason i fell in love with the horror genre...

                        @kguy i reckon you should go sleep and have a nightmare hehe Freddy Rules


                        • SherlockHolmes2009 • 5 years ago

                          Love your review here @corey. It shows how the movie impacted teenagers in the 80's


                          • kguy • 5 years ago

                            @corey I'm gonna have to be honest with you... I've never seen this movie.


                            • kguy • 5 years ago

                              @bawnian-dexeus wait! What the-


                              • bawnian-dexeus • 5 years ago

                                I bet people will love him even more now that he got a porno. Either way, nice review


                                • skywise • 5 years ago

                                  @corey very interesting M.O on this one. Very creative. Love it, good work man. Also, this was one of the movies that scared me the most wheni was a kid and it will always have a special place in my heart.


                                  • moviefreak97 • 5 years ago

                                    @corey Great review man. My only disagreement being that it's the only good Nightmare. I enjoyed Dream Warriors and new Nightmare as well. You should check out my review of the remake if you haven't already.


                                    • corey • 5 years ago

                                      @newtron haha, thanks


                                      • newtron • 5 years ago

                                        This was quite hilarious LOL


                                        • corey • 5 years ago

                                          @diaigma I agree. Thanks! My parents are, uh, something else...


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