A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

In 1996, Wes Craven’s Scream – a knowing, post-modern riff on the teen slasher movie – revived the jaded cycle for a new, cine-literate generation of horror fans. Twelve years earlier, Craven had done the same, his dream-invading Freddy Krueger revitalising the tired ‘kids to the slaughter cycle’ that was kick-started by Friday the 13th. With his ragged, stripy sweater, battered hat and finger-knives, Old Pizza Face sliced his way into the Elm Street teens’ dreams, visiting the sins of the fathers upon a new generation, and becoming an instant horror icon. Ignore the dumb ending imposed by crass New Line executives, but look out for the scene where Nancy (Langenkamp) warns her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp), ‘Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.’ NF
Dir Wes Craven (Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon)

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