I love horror movies, but I'm not a big fan of the slasher sub-genre. However, "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is so famous, I figured I couldn't call myself a true scary movie buff until I'd seen it. So, I rented it and gave it a try. The plot is definitely very interesting and different, and it quickly grabbed my attention. The acting was just fine, but not anything special. It was cool, though, to get to see an insanely young Johnny Depp in his first film role as the main character's boyfriend. The effects are okay, but pretty cheesy at times. The music is dated as well, but actually works to the movie's advantage; it really fit. The violence in this movie is definitely over the top gross, with people peeling the skin off their skulls, geisers of blood, slashing, cutting, hanging, and more. You also see two teens in bed together barely clothed, and some sexual innuendos. The language is very strong as well, with uses of f---, s---, a--, and more. Alcohol is another problem: the main characters mother is a heavy drinker. Overall, I wasn't as impressed with "A Nightmare on Elm Street" as I hoped I would be. I enjoyed the interesting plot (although there are some things left unexplained), but the gore and language were too much. The ending was pretty lame also...I mean, what the heck? I did find out later that Wes Craven wanted a different ending, but the studio overruled his decision. Anyway, I'd watch it if you're a big horror fan just so you can say you've seen it, but other than that, it's expendable.