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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

 -  Horror  -  16 November 1984 (USA)
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In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.

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On Elm Street, Nancy Thompson and a group of her friends including Tina Gray, Rod Lane and Glen Lantz are being tormented by a clawed killer in their dreams named Freddy Krueger. Nancy must think quickly, as Freddy tries to pick off his victims one by one. When he has you in your sleep, who is there to save you? Written by simon_hrdng

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Whatever you do, don't fall asleep...or you'll meet the terrifying Freddy. See more »

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16 November 1984 (USA)  »

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Les griffes de la nuit  »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,271,000 (USA) (9 November 1984)

Gross:

$26,505,000 (USA) (31 May 1985)
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The film playing on Nancy's TV when she drifts off to sleep in her bedroom is Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead (1981). See more »

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When Gene grabs Nancy's book on booby traps, he's reading the cover with the book still open. When we see the cover, the book is closed, and in the next shot, it's open again. See more »

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Freddy Krueger: Tina.
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A horror classic...
7 January 1999 | by (Znojmo, Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

The "Nightmare" has been recently on in our TV and I must admit that even after those fourteen years it made a deep impression on me. I saw the film for the first time in 1989 and at that time I was scared because I was just a teenager then. But now, I can see that the film has got something unique, which makes the film different from other horror movies. I think it`s down to the basic idea of this film - dreams and everything that can happen in our dreams sometimes become true. The authors of this film did not have to be bound with the need to stay realistic and that opens a free way to their wildest imaginations. Charles Bernstein`s music in this movie has become clasic and we can hear the basic melodic motive in some of the sequels. Original music composed by different authors in the sequels to this first Nightmare stays far far behind Bernstein`s masterpiece.


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