Grade: A

Cast: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp

Director: Wes Craven

Rating R

Runtime 91 minutes 

New Line Productions, Inc.

So what can I say about one of the foremost horror classics of our time. Freddy is, was and always will be the ultimate nightmare. As a child I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t even get up to use the restroom after watching this film. I would do the pee pee dance and sing , 1, 2, Freddie’s comin’ for you…with the blanket pulled up to my nose, just waiting for Johnny Depp to be devoured by his bed and the ultimate pay off, when you realize it’s not over and Nancy’s mom gets sucked through the front door window!!!

      After surviving this film I was sure I would never wake up again, I could barely get up off the couch to turn off the television but when I recently watched the film, after many years, it was like the day I realized the dialogue on TV’s Alice was trite and uninteresting, yes I actually realized that after the fact. (In my youth Mel’s words were practically Shakespeare and yes I would have loved to kiss Flo’s grits…what are grits?) But really it’s not that scary and with my adult eyes and sensibilities I am not easily scared but since I have the attention span of a peanut I am still easily entertained… ooh look something shiny! It is still a great film to watch and reminisce about. I am a true horror movie fan and would never diminish the part Freddy played in the history of horror, hell, the history of film but I will say I’ll never look at the film the same way again. I gave it an A because the film is a horror classic and Wes Craven managed to squeeze out 5 sequels. Eat your heart our Rocky Balboa! It’s also a film that re-defined a genre and gave us a new villain none of us would or could ever forget! 

      For those of you who have been living under a rock…When Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) and a group of her friends have their dreams terrorized by the razor-sharp Freddy Kruger, Nancy takes matters into her own hands and in trying to discover the key to killing Freddy, she finds out her mother’s deep dark secret. Go and see it if you haven’t and if you have, watch it again as an adult and enjoy all the classic scenes you loved as a terrified, traumatized child. Cat Elrod -this review also available at