The first of the 8 Freddy Kruger tales and arguably the best. A group of teenagers (a young Johnny Depp amongst their number) find out the hard way that dreams can come true.
A murderous, knife-fingered, facially disfigured man returns from the grave to seek revenge on his enemies, praying on their children as they sleep, and somehow making their experiences (and injuries) in the dreamworld materialise in reality.
One horror movie that it’s near impossible not to have nightmares about.
As much as it turned into a huge franchise (thought not quite as relentless as Friday the 13th), the film contains such a powerfully simple concept – dreams crossing into reality – that’s bound to terrify everyone (except the toughest of viewers). I know there are moments from the film seared into my brain – I’m sure the bit with the girl in the bodybag found its way into plenty of real nightmares. Robert Englund’s comically creepy performance is the centre point of the film (and the series), marking out a different kind of monster from the slasher serial killers of the time.
1, 2 Freddy’s gonna get you 3, 4 better lock your door. A total horror classic the first part of the Freddy franchise is scary, gory and brilliant. Wes Craven’s direction is spot on and he fills the film with disturbing dream like imagery torn straight out of everyone’s worst nightmares. Robert Englund makes Kruger as funny as he is terrifying and keeps the one-liners menacing unlike in the more ridiculous sequels. Stay awake through it and never sleep again.
Additional film information: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)