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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Lane (as Nick Corri)
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Nurse (as Mimi Meyer-Craven)
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Ed Call ...
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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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Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les griffes de la nuit  »

Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$26,505,000 (USA) (31 May 1985)

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Nancy's house has a blue door in this movie. In all other sequels the same house has the iconic red door. See more »


It is revealed in the movie from Nancy's dreams that if she is holding onto something in the dream world, like an object or person, she can bring that object or person into the real world from the dream world. This is shown in the movie's climax. However Nancy was clearly holding onto Freddy when she went to find him with Glen guarding (and not succeeding) in her bedroom earlier in the film. She was struggling with Freddy and holding onto his razors to keep him from killing her in the dream world and was awoken in the exact same way as in the climax, from an alarm. Why didn't Freddy get pulled into the real world at this point? See more »


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Fred Krueger: Tina.
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Referenced in Family Matters: Miracle on Elm Street (1994) See more »


Performed by 213
Written and Produced by Martin Kent, Steve Karshner, Michael Schurig
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Whatever you do, don't fall asleep
28 July 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

A Nightmare on Elm Street, one of the scariest movies of all time, and one of the scariest in the 80's. It also introduced one of the scariest villains of all time, Freddy Krueger, one of the ultimate boogeymen that you know who he is just by his name. Wes Craven brought us one of the most terrifying ideas, what would happen if your nightmares were real? That if you died in your dream, you died in real life? He brought us A Nightmare on Elm Street, a low budget horror film that has made it huge in the horror genre's world. The whole concept of the film is just what makes it so brilliant. Not to mention how cool is it that this is Johnny Depp's first film role? Who knew that that kid was going to be so huge one day, right? But the entire cast made this into one of the scariest movies that will always bring you a few nightmares on it's own.

Tina is a girl who has been having tons of nightmares about a scary figure, a man who is severely burned and has knives for fingers. She's so scared of this man that she asks her friends, Nancy, Nancy's boyfriend, Glenn, and her boyfriend, Rod to stay over. But Tina is brutally killed in the middle of the night, the only witness is her boyfriend, leaving him as the suspect of murder. But when he is murdered in jail, Nancy knows there's something wrong and soon she's having the same nightmares as Tina. Soon she knows that she might be next, no one believes her, until her mom reveals a deep dark secret about the mysterious figure, Freddy Krueger. He was a sick child molester/killer who the neighbors burned alive to keep him away, but now he's after their kids and he's not going to take it easy on Nancy.

A classic horror film that's perfect for a sleep over with your friends to watch in the dark. It's such a great film that sparked quite a few sequels and a new icon for slasher films. Freddy Krueger is so cool and extremely scary just for the fact that he's so confident in knowing that he will kill you. He's ruthless, scary, and clever and he's coming to kill the kids in their dreams. A Nightmare on Elm Street is such a great film and I highly recommend it, Wes Craven is an original genius who spawned a new type of terror.


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