A Nightmare on Elm Street is the story of teenager Nancy Thompson. She and her best friend Tina have both been having dreams about a terrifying scarred man with knives for fingers trying to kill them. After Tina is viciously and mysteriously murdered Nancy and her boyfriend, Glen, begin to suspect that that this mysterious man from their dreams is more then just a dream and so they try to take action.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is pretty scary at multiple occasions. I didn't find this film to be scary all the time, especially the final act which I didn't find scary at all, but it was pretty damn scary a fair few times. There were so many creepy scenes with characters running or watching then all of a sudden the disturbing Freddy Kruger pops out with a rise in volume in the soundtrack and I jump then laugh it off. This happened a few times all of which in creative and inventive new ways.
The soundtrack for the film is not what you'd typically expect to find in a horror film. I pointed out how when things begun to get scary and noise level in the soundtrack would rise, but it's not your typical horror soundtrack. For me a typical horror soundtrack is a low, slow moving soundtrack that rises when things pop out in the film. In Nightmare on Elm Street the soundtrack is a unique, up beat, hip hop type soundtrack that was actually really catchy. You don't see this a lot in horror. Well hear it a lot.
I was actually surprised about how much we saw of Freddy Kruger. In the film we don't see as much of him as I wanted to see. In some cases this actually made the scene a bit scarier, but I believed that Kruger helped to create an uneven and disturbing atmosphere. We'd see him fall behind then he would appear right in front of the protagonist. The ending of the film featured a lot of Freddy and I believed this to seem less scary. That's not what I wanted by more Freddy. I wanted him to be in more scenes, but in the style of how he was in the first few scenes.
The film felt like it was going really fast. I must have really enjoyed this film because I thought I was only like 15 minutes into the film and I was already half way through it! The film never really seemed to slow down at any point. It was scary, gripping and very disturbing. A Nightmare on Elm Street is just one of those films you can put on with a bunch of mates and have a damn good time.
To sum up A Nightmare on Elm Street is a disturbing, scary and fast paced horror film. It avoids many typical horror cliches, the most notable being the soundtrack, although the ending failed to scare and I wished to see more of Kruger.