A Nightmare on Elm Street is a masterpiece of a horror movie.
It stars the usual group of teenagers, the girl next door, the hot chick, the tough guy, and the....other guy (played by Johnny Depp). They get through their dialog pretty clumsily but they figure out how to be likable, especially Heather Langenkamp as final girl Nancy.
They realize that they are having nightmares about the same guy: a horribly disfigured man in a red and green sweater with a makeshift claw on his hand. This is of course, Freddy Krueger, one of the most popular slashers in horror fiction thanks to character actor Robert Englund. IN this particular go around Englund plays him with an acerbic wit taking way too much damn pleasure in torturing these kids before he finally kills them.
Although many slashers tend to rest on jump-scares, including future Nightmare installments, this Nightmare has plenty of atmosphere. Thanks to Krueger enjoying playing with his victims means that Nancy is faced with a number of dream logic visions including her best friend in a bodybag calling for help.
I always thought the ending got a little weird when it turns into a weird version of Home Alone though.