In a time period where there was a lot of cheap, exploitation flicks, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET hit a very strong chord. The movie is expertly crafted by horror master Wes Craven, who is sadly dead. This movie can be viewed as very bloody or too gory, but it really isn't compared to many horror films released these days. Also, I think it's good to point out that A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET has characters that have a lot of developement throughout the movie. The main character, Nancy is a strong protagonist and a good role model for children to follow. The film also has an actual plot, unlike mindless gore films. There's no teenagers getting chopped up at a campsite. The film doesn't contain an insane amount of sex. In fact, there is oddly no nudity and the worst things get is through implication (a character listens to loud moaning from the spot he's sleeping). I also find it surprising that there are only three deaths throughout. There is barely any swearing (a couple of f-words and s-words). The main issue is scariness. This film is intense, dreamlike, and surreal. Overall, it depends on what scares your kid.