(85) While commonly classed as a slasher, Nightmare on Elm Street is really more of a post-slasher film. It’s not nearly as meta his as later work like Scream or New Nightmare, but Wes Craven was already acknowledging and poking holes in slasher conventions before they were even fully formed. The concept of the film itself, that no locked door can protect you from the monster that lives in your dreams, is both spookier and more profound than most of what ‘80s horror has to offer.
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