A Nightmare on Elm Street – A Retrospective

Wes Craven’s influence on the horror genre can not be underestimated.  As the great Kim Newman put it, much more succinctly than I ever could, ‘Wes Craven reinvented horror at least four times, most directors don’t even manage it once.’  Arguably his most telling influence on the genre was the creation of Freddy Krueger with A Nightmare on Elm Street.  A film I was inspired to return to following Craven’s recent passing.  However, that didn’t seem enough and I decided to keep going.  In the last few weeks, I’ve watched every single Nightmare on Elm Street film, including crossovers and remakes.  Why?  Krueger only knows.

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