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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R  |   |  Horror  |  16 November 1984 (USA)
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Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. When 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 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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If Nancy Doesn't Wake Up Screaming She Won't Wake Up At All... See more »

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16 November 1984 (USA)  »

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Les griffes de la nuit  »

Box Office

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 2006 Infinifilm release fixes a continuity error in the original film. In the scene where Glen watches over Nancy as she sleeps, she turns her light off before sleeping, but it's on when she wakes up. The Infinifilm release fixes this mistake by digitally darkening the room when she wakes up, until Nancy's mother enters the room and turns it on. See more »

Goofs

When Nancy is asleep and looking for Freddy she goes down into her basement. After finding Freddy's claw is missing she opens a door leading to Freddy's boiler room, by pulling it towards her. The camera cuts to the other side of the door is facing the other way, as if it was pushed open and not pulled. 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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