The Best of Terror 2016: Top 300 Anthology, Public Domain & Franchise Horror Movies

The following recommendations represent the best 33% of 900 horror movie reviews. Movies are classified according to their genres, subgenres, moods and antagonists. They are sorted according to the sum of various ratings: stars, story, creativity, acting, quality and rewatchability.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A teenage girl and her friends die one by one after being tricked and tortured by an evil figure that haunts nightmares.
Horror for Beginners
United States
1984
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Dimensional: 
Nightmare
Fluids: 
Water
Object: 
Garment
Telephone
Wizards: 
Possessor
Evoker
8
Will give you nightmares about nightmares!
8
6
6
7.04
4
4
4
Ambiance
Dialogue
Plot
Ultimate nightmare-themed horror movie, this film turns the only bad thing about sleep; nightmares, into some kind of contagious, spiritual disease that tries to kill you before you wake up. It exploits the idea of sleep deprivation in the most creative way imaginable. Like a werewolf curse triggered under a full moon, carnage is inevitable. It hides inside you, waits, and can hardly be delayed .
Not your average villain, Freddy Krueger, the eccentric antagonist, can bend the laws of physics and lives in a surreal world that he disguises as our own. Thanks to brilliant photography, a rigorous sense of pace and ominous suspense, the transitions between reality and dreams are seamless. The camera doesn't let us in on the illusion so we are as clueless as the victims are.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is nearly perfect. The effects are visionary, the gore striking, the performances more than satisfying, the concept pure genius and the gimmick extremely catchy. Freddy comes with his sonata, his own lighting and a nice, shocking backstory. He joins Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees as one of the most marketable horror icons showing great potential for sequels.
Alternate Titles: 
A Nightmare on Elm Street 1
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 1
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