A real original, A Nightmare on Elm Street was the beginning of one of the most famous monsters in movie history, Freddy Krueger. Back in the 1980’s no one had ever seen a protagonist like Freddy, a monster who could kill you in your sleep. Strong dialogue, interesting characters (including a very young Johnny Depp), and ground-breaking special effects made Nightmare an instant classic. Many sequels have been made, some of which are very good, but the original is still the gold standard, as is so often the case with sequels. Robert Englund has made a long and profitable career out of playing Freddy Krueger, even as recently as 2003 in Freddy Vs. Jason.
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