IMDb > A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 42 | slideshow) Videos (see all 4)
A Nightmare on Elm Street -- In classic horror film genre that launched a movie franchise, a pedophile who was murdered by a lynch mob returns years later in terrifying nightmares of his killers' teenage children.
A Nightmare on Elm Street -- In the dreams of his victims, a specteral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.
A Nightmare on Elm Street -- In the dreams of his victims, a specteral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.
A Nightmare on Elm Street -- In the dreams of his victims, a specteral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.


User Rating:
7.5/10   138,950 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 20% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Wes Craven (written by)
View company contact information for A Nightmare on Elm Street on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
16 November 1984 (USA) See more »
She is the only one who can stop it... if she fails, no one survives. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A horror classic... See more (653 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Wes Craven 
Writing credits
Wes Craven (written by)

Produced by
John H. Burrows .... associate producer (as John Burrows)
Stanley Dudelson .... executive producer
Sara Risher .... co-producer
Robert Shaye .... producer
Joseph Wolf .... executive producer
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Jacques Haitkin 
Film Editing by
Patrick McMahon (co-editor) (as Pat McMahon)
Rick Shaine 
Casting by
Annette Benson 
Production Design by
Gregg Fonseca  (as Greg Fonseca)
Set Decoration by
Anne H. Ahrens  (as Anne Huntley)
Costume Design by
Dana Lyman 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Fenton .... makeup artist (as Kathy Logan)
RaMona Fleetwood .... key hair stylist (as RaMona)
David B. Miller .... special makeup effects artist (as David Miller)
Mark Bryan Wilson .... makeup effects assistant (as Mark Wilson)
Louis Lazzara .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Mark Shostrom .... foam latex technician (uncredited)
Production Management
John H. Burrows .... production manager (as John Burrows)
Amy Rabins .... production supervisor
Rachel Talalay .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas Batchelor .... first assistant director (as Nick Batchelor)
Peter C. Graupner .... second assistant director
Art Department
Dorree Cooper .... set dresser
Don Diers .... art department assistant
Bill Kroyer .... storyboard artist
Kara Lindstrom .... assistant props
Michael Listorti .... swing gang (as Michael E. Listorti)
Timaree McCormick .... assistant props
Gavin McCune .... swing gang
Barbara Metzenbaum .... art department assistant
Mix .... set carpenter
John Krenz Reinhart Jr. .... construction coordinator (as John Reinhart)
John Stadelman .... prop master
Craig Clark .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Matthew Joseph Peak .... movie poster illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jack Cooley .... sound re-recording mixer
James LaRue .... sound mixer
Al Nahmias .... sound editor (as Albert Nahmias)
Greg Nave .... boom operator
Abe Nejad .... assistant sound editor
Jess Soraci .... supervising sound editor
Karen I. Stern .... looping editor
Ron Kalish .... sound editor (uncredited)
Holger M. Thiele .... additional sound designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tassilo Baur .... special effects assistant
Charles Belardinelli .... special effects assistant
Lou Carlucci .... special effects assistant
Jim Doyle .... mechanical special effects design
Peter Kelly .... special effects assistant
Larry Lapointe .... special effects assistant
Christina Rideout .... special effects assistant
Jim Rynning .... special effects assistant
Jamie Upham .... special effects assistant (as James Upham)
William Guest .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Cynthia Brannon .... stunts
Bruce Carson .... stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunt coordinator
Anthony Cecere .... stunts
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Jeff Habberstad .... stunts
Leslie Hoffman .... stunts
Christina Johnson .... stunts
Maggie Koehnen .... stunts
Larry Phillips .... stunts
Don Pike .... stunts
Christina Rideout .... stunts
Tanya Russell .... stunts (as Tanya Lee Russell)
Paul Shaver .... stunts
Jim Stern .... stunts (as Jim Stearns)
Cindy Wills .... stunts
Sandy Wilson .... stunts
Debby Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
George A. Sack Jr. .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Adolph .... best boy grip
Scott Buttfield .... gaffer
Anne S. Coffey .... first assistant camera (as Anne Coffey)
Stephen Crawford .... gaffer: second unit (as Steve Crawford)
Nelson Elwell .... grip
Rowdy Herrington .... best boy electric
Warren Kroeger .... grip
Cindy Lagerstrom .... key grip: second unit
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
Henning Schellerup .... camera operator: second unit
Toni Semple .... electrician
Thomas Vanghele .... second assistant camera (as Tom Vanghele)
Craig Horwitz .... set lighting (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lauren Roman .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Jensen .... costume supervisor
Terence McCorry .... costumer
Editorial Department
James Flatto .... apprentice editor
Kevin Krasny .... editorial assistant: Los Angeles
Alison Paul .... apprentice editor
Valerie Schwartz .... assistant editor
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Mario Mariani .... score designer
Michael Arciaga .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Jeff Vaughn .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chuck Clarke .... transportation coordinator
Brian Delahanty .... transportation captain
Other crew
Stephen Abramson .... production executive
Steve Cassling .... production assistant
Lisa C. Cook .... production coordinator
Lillian Fuentes .... craft service
Steve Harris .... production assistant
David B. Householter .... set production assistant (as David Householter)
Sheridan Liu .... assistant accountant
Anita Luccioni .... assistant to producers
Steve McAfee .... production assistant
Dan Perri .... title designer
Jim Picciolo .... animal wrangler
Craig Pointes .... location manager
Wally Uchida .... production assistant
Kathryn Weygand .... script supervisor (as Kathy Weygand)
Benjamin Zinkin .... legal consultant
John Burrows III .... Blood Sweeper (uncredited)
John Burrows III .... blood sweeper (uncredited)
Sean S. Cunningham .... director: chase scene (uncredited)
Don Wyse .... fire safety (uncredited)
Sean S. Cunningham .... special thanks (as Sean Cunningham)
Sam Raimi .... special thanks
Jack Sholder .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
91 min | 101 min (Extended Version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R (original rating) | Australia:MA (re-rating) (2005) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14A (Alberta) (2010) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (2009) | Finland:K-18 | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2007) | Iceland:16 | India:A | India:U/A (heavily cut) | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 (DVD re-rating) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 (DVD rating) | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1987) (cut) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:PG (heavily cut) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating) (1984)

Did You Know?

According to Heather Langenkamp, the melting staircase scene was shot using pancake mix. According to Wes Craven however, it was oatmeal and glue. According to the fact track on the DVD, it was Bisquick. 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 »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In the full-screen version, during the first nightmare sequence, right before Freddy pops up to scare Tina you can see Robert Englund as Freddy crouched down and moving into place behind her. However, at the time of the film's release director Wes Craven would assume that only the wide-screen version would eventually be available for home viewing. You can't see Robert Englund behind Tina in the wide-screen version.See more »
[first lines]
Fred Krueger:Tina.
See more »
Movie Connections:
NightmareSee more »


Is this film available on Blu-ray?
Where is the film set?
Is "A Nightmare on Elm Street" based on fact?
See more »
91 out of 113 people found the following review useful.
A horror classic..., 7 January 1999
Author: Jiri Kacetl ( from Znojmo, Czech Republic

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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (653 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Most Overrated & Underrated Elm Street films brandonhelee
Sex Scene whineycracker2000
Freddy in the Batman Universe kimbelleville
Strange Black Christmas double connection I picked up upon. brandonhelee
Each Nightmare on Elm Street film is special to me and carries a story. brandonhelee
Which is the better franchise, this or FRIDAY THE 13th? phillipsdan83
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge A Nightmare on Elm Street A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Freddy vs. Jason
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.