A Nightmare on Elm Street
By: Brian Kinzeler

This film is the first film that truly brought Wes Craven success.  After the success of Halloween and Friday the 13th, Wes Craven brought out a new idea to the slasher film genre.  An evil that not only comes to you in your dreams but kills you in your dreams.  Freddy Krueger, the villain, in this film played by Robert Englund is a great add on to the horror genre and sets this franchise up for many sequels.  None of the sequels have come close to surpassing the first but all are worthy of being in the franchise.  Krueger stalks his victims in this film during their dreams and for the first time a horror film is brought to us that makes it hard to fall asleep at night because in the film when you fall asleep you die.  This is the first film where a boogey man talks so that adds to the scary nature of the villain.  Johnny Depp also makes his acting debute in this film.  I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars for starting a new trend that would continue well into the modern age.