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A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984

A hellish, razor-fingered, deformed monster enters the dreams of teenagers in a bucolic town, slaughtering them in their sleep. Then one courageous young woman stands up for them doing battle with the fiend. A true horror movie, don't go out alone...

Starring:
John Saxon, Ronee Blakley
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Wes Craven
Starring John Saxon, Ronee Blakley
Supporting actors Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Jsu Garcia, Johnny Depp, Charles Fleischer, Joseph Whipp, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye, Joe Unger, Mimi Craven, Jack Shea, Ed Call, Sandy Lipton, David Andrews, Jeff Levine, Donna Woodrum, Shashawnee Hall, Carol Pritikin
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Wes Craven's best attempt at making a good scary movie! I love the scene where Freddy's razors come up out the bath between Nancy's legs. Plus when Freddy says to Tina 'This is God' waving his razor fingers at her! Effing brilliant movie magic!!!! Well worth watching over & and over again! Its such a shame todays directors are such pussys when it comes to making a good horror movie!!! Watch 'A nightmare on Elm Street' and learn how to make an awesome scary movie!!!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
An excellent blu ray transfer to celebrate this milestone in horror cinema. A film that is still scary after 30 years, thanks to the brilliant genius of Wes Craven, who not only created a whole new saga (that still remains unique with few other films trying to imitate it) but also tried new storytelling and visual solutions. Nightmare is a film that entertain and disturbs, introducing a brilliant new actor like John Englund (and a young Johnny Depp), and briliantly exploit the idea of confusion between reality and dream producing an infinite series of other films which will use that potential to create totally genre-free films, where everything can happen, since nothing must be bound to realism or to a single genre (see chapter 4 and 5).
So NIghtmare is not just the best film of the saga and a totally mesmerizing film, but a real groundbreaking experiment
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Format: DVD
I already own both the Region 1 and Region 2 boxsets of the NOES series. So naturally, I was a little apprehensive about getting a third copy of this film on DVD. But it's a 2 disc special edition, and one of my favourite films of all time, so why not?

It was worth it. Not only are the picture quality and sound the best they have ever been, but the bonus features are amazing. There are a whole bunch of new interesting interviews and documentaries, featuring much of the cast and crew. There are lots of wonderfully insightful alternate scenes, including some nicely polished alternate endings. These are much better than the shabby black and white alternate endings from the Region 1 boxset. There are also some cool bloopers and behind the scenes shots.

There's also a nice new commentary track, FINALLY featuring Robert Englund. However, it's not a "real" commentary track, it's a bunch of interviews spliced over the top of the film. Sadly, this doesn't allow for any rapport between the various voices, they're not always talking about what is specifically happening, and it can be rather boring at times. Luckily, the original commentary is also included, so it redeems itself there.

There are some things missing, so this is not quite the "definitive" release. The deleted scenes from the trailer that didn't make it into the film, for one. But all in all, it's a very good release, and well worth getting.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A tense & memorable horror film. The concept was fresh and original and the story was strong enough to keep going during the sections where Freddie is absent. The young cast all did an excellent job and John Saxon was very good as the difficult father. A strong theme within this film is how fantasy and reality become blurred.

The Blu ray version I have has very good picture quality, a lot of the sequences taking place at night have a fine grain texture, the sound quality is also excellent. The DVD version is also of a good standard but it's worth purchasing it on Blu Ray for just a few quid more. The Picture quality is very good, especially in the sunny day time sequences, levels of detail on close ups are amazing, you can see the little hairs on somebody’s hand or see the chipped paint on a rail. The night-time scenes are well lit, a fine trace of grain is usually present though.

The film hails from the 1980s, the greatest decade for slasher films in my view, a genera that was really set in motion in the 1970s but was in sharp decline by the 1990s and 2000s, audiences suffering burn out from seeing too many disappointing sequels. Overkill.

The casting in Nightmare on Elm Street was excellent, what’s better the characters of Nancy and Glen are played by people who actually look like kids, they easily pass for 15 or 16 unlike so many other “teenagers” in horror films, usually played by actors in their late 20s, (Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street 2010, Friday the 13th 2009). Nancy also wears lots of pink and light blue to help her look younger at the start. As she starts to suffer a break down her appearance becomes wilder and she’s allowed to look a bit older.
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By Richard Morton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2016
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All these years later and this has still got it - a grim, gritty, creepy fright fest that gets under the skin and stays there.

The remake came nowhere near the class of this and the sequels became increasingly, winkingly ridiculous (although still guiltily entertaining). The sheer imagination and bag of ideas on show here carries things through despite some mixed acting efforts and the occasional not so "special" effect. For the most part though it's stellar stuff - old school horror filmmaking from a master of the craft that somehow still seems fresh.
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