Wes Craven grabbed the horror film industry and gave it a shake, unleashing Freddy Krueger (and his razor-tipped gloves) on the world.
Before he became a pun-dropping parody, the scarred serial killer who haunts your dreams was a very-effective boogeyman.
Robert Englund made him truly-menacing in the original, a beast shaped by dark events in his past. One who couldn’t be negotiated, or reasoned, with.
And those he’s stalking, led by Heather Langenkamp, seem more like real people and less like TV teen soap opera stars trying to diversify their IMDB credits.
This one remains a cut above.