In the early 1980’s, a psychopath named Freddy Krueger – known as the Springwood Slasher – murdered several children with a glove outfitted with straight razor blades attached to the fingers. When a foolish decision by a judge sets him free, Krueger is burned alive in the boiler room where he worked by an angry mob of the parents whose children he terrorized & murdered.
Years after his death, the children whose parents were responsible for Krueger’s death – including Nancy Thompson, daughter of the police officer who arrested Krueger – are experiencing terrifying nightmares involving a burned man wearing a glove with razor blades on the fingers. The ghost of Freddy Krueger is haunting their dreams, and when Nancy’s best friend Tina dies in her sleep violently during a dream confrontation with Krueger, Nancy realizes she must find a way to stop the evil psychopath’s reign of terror – or never sleep again…
I thought this movie was pretty boring. Growing up, I used to love this movie. After watching it lately, I think they could have done a lot better with the storyline, in my opinion. There seemed to be more talking through it, than anything else. Though, it does have a few good scenes, in this part. Also, it’s the very beginning of the series, so it explains a lot about Freddy Krueger.
As for the acting, I thought everyone did a good job, on their character roles. Even Johnny Depp played his character well. He played the part of Glen. As for Robert Englund, who played Freddy Krueger, I thought he always fit this character and no one could replace him, in any remake they do, in the future. In this part, he was more serious, than most of the sequels, which I like better. I don’t like him playing a comedy role, in a horror film. I think that’s what killed the later sequels, in my opinion. Other cast members include: John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, and Jsu Garcia, as the main characters.
If you haven’t seen any of the other parts, in this series, I would recommend watching this one first. Just don’t expect it to be all that great. The times they showed Freddy, it wasn’t much and usually, it was really dark to the point you couldn’t see his face too well. If you have seen parts 2 and up, then you’re really not missing out on anything too great. Though, it does make a great addition to any horror fan’s collection.
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