Ever-appalling sequels and one dead-eyed remake) may have transformed Wes Craven’s 1984 classic into another bog-standard slash-cow with an indestructible, wisecracking boogeyman – yet this first visit to Elm Street, re-released for Halloween, remains a vicious and sombre affair (albeit a very ’80s one).
Freddy Krueger has yet to become a tiresome hybrid of Timmy Mallett and John Lewis’ kitchenware department, while several set-pieces still lodge in the skull like rusty nails.
As one paramedic observes, “We don’t need a stretcher – we need a mop.”
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