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Based on 6 Reviews
critic reviews (6)
fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A Nightmare on Elm Street is tailor made for those who like their gore leavened with thought-provoking ideas - something that is a rarity in this genre. show more

  • 80

    Turning slumberland into a twisted murderer's den is a masterstroke by Craven, who has brought new blood to a genre that seemed as if it might choke on it's own excesses. show more

  • 83
    Entertainment Weekly

    Some of the effects remain nicely repulsive; Freddy himself comes across as a genuinely nasty piece of work, far removed from his later incarnation. show more

  • 80

    A Nightmare on Elm Street is a highly imaginative horror film that provides the requisite shocks to keep fans of the genre happy. show more

  • 80
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    Here the idea of sleep as the ultimate threat is still fresh and marvelously insidious, and Craven vitalizes the nightmare sequences with assorted surrealist novelties. show more

  • 70
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    A Nightmare on Elm Street puts more emphasis on bizarre special effects, which aren't at all bad. show more

  • July 09, 2012 bi00000000126652
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    I love this movie i grew up watching everyone im a big fan

  • May 16, 2010 rwb12624
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    This is sooo much better than one that came out this year and more scarier.

  • April 24, 2010 Siprich
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    Its cool, Exciting and scary

  • April 19, 2010 drummerbk56
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    One awesome-ass horror movie! Wes Craven is pretty creative in the horror way- and sucks to be johnny depp- he had to die in sad way

  • July 07, 2008 grndigrl
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    The greatest movie of all times!!

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