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.
    • During the commentary, Wes Craven notes that the old prison where they filmed was later condemned for asbestos pipes. He comments they would all die of cancer. Not so funny after his death of brain cancer in 2015.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
  • "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. In two scenes where a character jumps, you can see the mattresses.
  • 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.