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Most Modern Slasher Movies Steal Nightmare On Elm Street's Best Trick

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Most major successful slasher movies of the 2020s owe an unacknowledged debt to an under-discussed element of A Nightmare On Elm Street’s revolutionary premise.

A lot has been made of the similarities between Vecna, the villain of Stranger Things season 4, and Nightmare On Elm Street franchise villain Freddy Krueger.

The Netflix hit has acknowledged that the Springwood slasher was a major influence on the season’s supernatural villain and Freddy’s original actor Robert Englund even plays a pivotal role in the action of the series.

However, this is far from the first time that a contemporary hit has borrowed from the successful formula of A Nightmare On Elm Street.

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