A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Starring: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon, Johnny Depp as ‘Glen’.
Directed by: Wes Craven
The spirit of a child murderer, killed by vigilante parents, stalks the surviving teenage children in their dreams (and nightmares). All too soon, the divide between what happens in dreams and what happens in reality becomes blurred…..much to the teenagers’ disadvantage.
A dark and somewhat violent film with some very impressive set-pieces. The blood really does pour everywhere; a young Johnny Depp is sliced and diced in his bedroom, a girl is wrapped in a shower-curtain and grated like cheese while the heroine’s alcoholic mother is swallowed by a a particularly nasty bed.
The first hour develops particularly well – and the supporting cast is pretty competent – but in the latter stages the film dispenses of earlier atmospherics and of its ‘edge’ more generally; sadly giving the first indication of the direction the series would move in (towards a vehicle for advertising a wise-cracking comedy horror villain and little else).
Very much a film of tw0-halves, nevertheless the first one is sufficient to scare even the most seasoned of horror movie fans – and for this reason, it must receive a pretty-good rating.
hotdog rating: 7/10