A Nightmare on Elm Street

There have been so many sequels and homages/rip-offs of Wes Craven’s career reboot that it’s easy to forget how novel, and good, it was. A slasher (Robert Englund) who attacks his victims when they’re asleep and dreaming gave Craven an uncommonly creative canvas to work with, and within the limits of a modest horror budget, he made the most of it. -LG

1984 Dir. Wes Craven 1.85:1 Color dcp 91 min.