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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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

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1,2 Freddy's Coming For You! See more »

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16 November 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les griffes de la nuit  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,271,000 (USA) (11 November 1984)

Gross:

$25,504,513 (USA)
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Trivia

According to Heather Langenkamp, the melting staircase scene was shot using pancake mix. Wes Craven, however, said it was oatmeal and glue. The fact track on the DVD says it was Bisquick (pancake mix). The scene was directed by Robert Shaye, who was on set pressuring for the film to wrap, and Craven told Shaye he could direct it, as it was based on a dream Shaye himself had once had. In another interview, Heather Langenkamp added that mushroom soup was also one of the ingredients in the staircase mixture. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 20 mins) Crash mat visible when Nancy jumps out of the boiler room and lands in her lawn. See more »

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[first lines]
Fred Krueger: Tina.
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Connections

Followed by A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) See more »

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Nightmare
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Written and Produced by Martin Kent, Steve Karshner, Michael Schurig
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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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