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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.

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Wes Craven (written by)
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Release Date:
16 November 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She is the only one who can stop it... if she fails, no one survives. See more »
Plot:
In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Its reputation is a bit flattering but still a very good low budget horror film See more (621 total) »

Cast

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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)
 
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)
 
Stunts
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
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)
 
Thanks
Sean S. Cunningham .... special thanks (as Sean Cunningham)
Sam Raimi .... special thanks
Jack Sholder .... special thanks
 
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91 min
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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 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating) (1984)

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Trivia:
In an interview with Heather Langenkamp, she mentioned that Ronee Blakley really did slap her during the kitchen scene. However, if you watch the scene carefully, you can see that she must be referring to a previous take. It's obvious that the slap seen in the final take is artificial.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Before Nancy goes to sleep, when Glen is supposed to be watching her, her blue phone is on the left-hand side, next to the chair. When Nancy wakes up screaming, it's on the right.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Freddy Krueger:Tina.
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Soundtrack:
NightmareSee more »

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97 out of 126 people found the following review useful.
Its reputation is a bit flattering but still a very good low budget horror film, 9 July 2004
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

Every small-town neighborhood has an old legend that never dies. For the residents of Elm Street, Fred Krueger is the demonic soul that plagues their nightmares. Krueger was an evil child molester, burned alive by the parents of the children he had slain in the past. Now, years later, he has reappeared in the nightmares of Elm Street's teenagers. Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) continually experiences these haunting visions in which the permanently scarred man chases her through the shadows of a boiler room -- the same room in which he used to slay his helpless victims. Nancy considers her dreams to be typical nightmares one of her best friends is apparently "sliced" to death during a deep sleep in her home.

Soon Nancy's dreams become worse, and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) admits that he has also been experiencing unpleasant nightmares. Together they uncover the truth behind Krueger's death years ago, and vow to stay awake as long as they can and strategize a plan to bring Krueger back into the "real world" and kill him once and for all.

Loosely based on true events, Wes Craven's inspiration for the tale originated after he reportedly read that a number of people across the world had died in their slumber. Blending fantasy with reality, Craven wrote and directed one of the most iconic horror films of all time, which -- similar to "Halloween" before it -- spawned an inferior legion of sequels and imitators, all of which continue to pale in comparison to the original.

The brilliance of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is that it relies on psychological fear vs. cheap exploitation tricks. "Halloween," directed by John Carpenter and released in 1978, had re-sparked interest in the Hitchcock-style horror/thrillers, and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" builds upon this, cleverly channeling the mystery surrounding dreams and using it as a gateway for chills and thrills. Midway through the movie, a doctor played by Richard Fleischer tells Nancy's mother that the process of dreams -- where do they come from? -- has yet to be explained, and the fact that all humans tend to have dreams on a regular basis is essentially why this film remains so scary, even by today's standards. Some of the special effects are quite outdated but, unlike the "Nightmare" imitators, gore plays second to the plot and characters -- something rare in a horror film.

The sequels became sillier and gorier. Fred's name changed to the less menacing "Freddy" (which we all now know him by), he was given more screen time, the makeup on his face was not quite as horrific, he began to crack jokes more often and his voice evolved into a less demonic cackle. In the original "Nightmare" it is interesting to note that Freddy is rarely given screen time at all -- we see his infamous hands (wearing gloves with butter knives attached on the fingers to slice his victims), we see his hat, we see his sweater, we see his outline in the darkness of the shadows, but even when we finally see Freddy up-close, Craven manages to keep the camera moving so that we never gain a distinct image of the killer. Now, twenty years later, there's no mystery anymore -- Freddy's face is featured on the front cover for most of the films and his very presence has become the cornerstone of all the movies in the franchise. But in 1984, long before Craven predicted his character would become a huge part of modern pop culture, Freddy was mysterious and not very funny at all.

The acting is one of the film's weaknesses -- Heather Langenkamp is never totally awe-inspiring as Nancy, truth be told (although she does a decent job); Depp -- in his big-screen debut -- shows a sign of talent to come but basically mutters clichéd dialogue most of the time. The co-stars are acceptable at best. However the greatest performance is -- not surprisingly -- by Robert Englund, as Freddy, who is in the film barely at all. Ironically, as mentioned above, this only makes the film succeed at scaring us.

The direction is not as superb as "Halloween," and for that matter either is the film. Over the years, "Nightmare" has arguably been given an overrated reputation, although it is inferior to "Halloween." However, compared to some of the other so-called "horror films" released during the '80s -- including "Friday the 13th" and other dumb slasher flicks -- "A Nightmare on Elm Street" does seem to stand as one of the best horror films of the decade. Despite its flaws it is quite smart with a surprise "final" ending and one of cinema's greatest villains lurking at the core.

"A Nightmare on Elm Street" is really Nancy's story. The film focuses on Nancy's troubles, Nancy's dreams and Nancy's actions. The ending of the film becomes a bit muddled -- the booby traps are unfortunately a bit goofy and Freddy helplessly (almost humorously) chasing Nancy around her home supposedly trying to murder her is something the film could have done without -- but overall it is a satisfying mixture of horror, thriller and fantasy, a movie that taps into two seldom-recognized everyday events in human life, which are sleeping, and dreaming. Craven's ability to realize this unknown fear in a movie is, needless to say, quite fascinating. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is not a great movie but for horror buffs it is a must-see and for non-horror-buffs there is a fair amount of other elements to sustain one's interest.

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