YMMV: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
- First Installment Wins: Widely regarded as the best film in the franchise and a landmark in horror films.
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- At one point, Tina notes that nightmares foreshadow earthquakes. L.A. was hit by those during the filming of Wes Craven's New Nightmare. Interestingly, they actually worked the earthquake into New Nightmare.
- With the advent of the Internet and online stalkers, the movie's themes have become more relevant than ever.
- Hilarious in Hindsight
- Johnny Depp tagged along to auditions for the film with a friend. Wes Craven asked Depp to read as well, and Depp ended up being cast instead of his friend he was supporting. But fret not about the friend; 26 years later, Jackie Earle Haley would go on to play Freddy Krueger himself.
- Johnny Depp getting killed off by a man with knives for fingers. Depp later gets out of Jump Street by playing a man with scissors for hands.
- Nancy's boobytraps are pretty Home Alone-ish.
- Holy Shit Quotient: Glen's death.
- Nightmare Retardant: At the end of the film, when Freddy drags what is supposed to be Nancy's mother through the little window in her front door as a final scare. It's a hilariously obvious mannequin.
- Retroactive Recognition: This was the first movie Johnny Depp played in.
- Special Effects Failure: Freddy's stretching arms look rather shaky by modern standards. The mom mannequin at the end doesn't hold up either.
- Tear Jerker: Nancy's reaction to Tina's death:
Nancy: You know Tina, she dreamed this was gonna happen...She had a nightmare, that someone was trying to kill her. (breaks down sobbing) That's why we were there mom. She just didn't wanna sleep alone.
- Vindicated by Video: The movie did solid box-office business for a low budget 1984 movie, but it was the home video sales that really demonstrated what a money-maker Freddy could be.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: Glen's death and the epic geyser of blood that follows.