This film stands out as a classic, but clearly has some dated aspects to it. A lot of the effects are based on creating a creepy character. Kreuger is made to be a repulsive creature with burn marks and other oddities. Certainly I was disgusted by much of the character model, but some of it just seemed out right creepy. Often, Kreuger seemed more like a pedophile than he did a killer.
I think I am going to finish up this review with a short rant on why horror films do not appeal to me very much. The last horror film I saw in theaters was The Babadook and I loved it, but I just cannot help but notice that contemporary horror films are not made with quite as much attention to detail as other genres often are. Most of them just go on jump-scare tangents that get boring to me after a while. In film history, there have been many horror films that I have enjoyed because they reach a broader approach. For example, The Shining is a brilliant horror film because it brings in a brilliant soundtrack, engaging cast, and Kubrick's amazing direction. I just wish that the genre would turn back to its roots and strive to create better films than Paranormal Activity and Annabelle.
The Bottom Line: Wes Craven creates a memorable character that lives on in the horror genre.