a nightmare on elm street movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Well, A Nightmare on Elm Street is a very freaky and violent horror classic. It’s clever, entertaining and nightmarish enjoyment for older teens.


Teenager Nancy Thompson realises that she must stay awake at any cost to avoid the blade-fingered killer who is brutally murdering her friends one by one in their dreams, resulting in their gruesome deaths in real life.

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Movie details

Director: Wes Craven
Cast: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Ronee Blakley, John Saxon
Writer: Wes Craven
Release Date (Australia): 1 August 1985
Runtime: 91 minutes/1h 31m
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film features strong horror themes in the form of several sequences that include a sense of threat and depictions of supernatural killings.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features depictions of horror violence in which very large amounts of blood are depicted as a result of several people being attacked with knives.

Coarse Language (M)

There is occasional use of the word “f**k”, as well the words “s**t”, “hell” and “damn”.

Nudity (G)

A woman’s upper breasts are partially viewed.

Sex (M)

The film contains sexual innuendo and a scene in which a couple implicitly have sex.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

You can’t call yourself a true horror fan without having viewed A Nightmare on Elm Street. Wes Craven’s horror-slasher classic is original, freaky and is a must-watch for teen horror movie fans. The whole design of the classic Freddy Krueger, played outstandingly by Robert Englund, slaughtering teens in their nightmares is simply an engaging horror story. What’s just as awesome is how well director Wes Craven managed to execute it.

The entire film is very smoothly-paced and pretty much never wastes time. It immediately forwards into the story, takes some time to get to understand the setting, and then… Slashing! The slaughtering and killing in A Nightmare on Elm Street is so ridiculously amazing. Expect nightmarish sequences and tons of blood.

What this horror film is so well-known for is its classic horror star, Freddy Krueger. Again, nobody could ever portray the character as well as Robert Englund. You can expect a really gripping cast as well, in which they fight through as mystery begins and the nightmares approach. Any yes, it will give many kids nightmares, although its not as terrifying now as is was back in the time of its release. Definitely a film that real horror fans must see, and its genuinely very entertaining and enjoyable.

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