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Writer:
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:
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 »
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Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The original and best of the Elm Street series! See more (637 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)
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)
 
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
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)
 
Thanks
Sean S. Cunningham .... special thanks (as Sean Cunningham)
Sam Raimi .... special thanks
Jack Sholder .... special thanks
 
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Runtime:
91 min | 101 min (Extended Version)
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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:
According to Robert Englund, he based the physicality of Freddy on Klaus Kinski's performance in Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979). Englund also says on his DVD commentary that in his mind, the back-story for Freddy was based on something from his own childhood. On Valentine's Day when Englund was in school, everyone in the class made Valentine cards for one another, but there was one boy who received no cards from anyone. Englund theorized that this boy went on to become Freddy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: To wake herself up, Nancy smashes the outside of her arm against the boiler. But when she wakes up, the burn mark is on the inside of her wrist.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Freddy Krueger:Tina.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Haunted House on Sorority Row (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
NightmareSee more »

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51 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
The original and best of the Elm Street series!, 8 December 2005
Author: Gafke from United States

The teenagers of Springfield, Illinois are having nightmares. Tina and her best friend Nancy learn that they're dreaming about the same creature, a hideously burned man in a dirty red and green sweater who bears an odd weapon; a glove with razor fingers. When Tina is brutally murdered in her bed one night, suspicion falls upon her volatile boyfriend Rod, who was the only other person in the room with Tina when she died. But Rod swears he didn't do it, and tells Nancy that he too has been suffering from terrible nightmares in which a knife- fingered man is trying to kill him. Nancy begins to suspect that something evil is happening within their dreams, and that perhaps the boogeyman is real. When Rod turns up dead in his jail cell, Nancy is convinced that a ghostly killer is stalking them in their sleep. Her mother, worried for Nancy's sanity, takes her to a dream clinic where her sleep patterns can be monitored. When Nancy awakens screaming from a nightmare with a bloody slash mark on her arm, she shows her mother and the doctor what she has pulled out of her dream: the battered fedora that the killer always wears. The hat bears a name tag: Fred Krueger. Nancy's mother recognizes the name and soon tells Nancy the story of a brutal child killer who had terrorized the town many years ago. When he was released on a technicality, Nancy's parents and the parents of the other nightmare-plagued children hunted Fred Krueger down and burned him alive. Fred Krueger is dead, but he's found a way to return and wreak vengeance upon the children of his killers. Nancy knows that she must find a way to stop him before he kills her and everyone else on Elm Street.

I just sat down and watched this movie again the other day and it's still damn impressive. The acting isn't always the greatest and it looks just the slightest bit dated, but it's still a really damn good movie. It's power lies in the fact that sleep cannot be avoided. In so many other horror movies, the victims are nothing more than vapid cattle wandering dumbly up the slaughterhouse chute and calling out: "Is anyone there?" as they go up. They purposefully get themselves into stupid and dangerous situations and therefore we feel no real pity for them when they are eviscerated. However, in A Nightmare On Elm Street, all the characters have to do to endanger themselves is to go to sleep. Even the most hardcore insomniac (like myself) knows that eventually, sleep will come for you; it is unavoidable. We cannot blame our cast for wandering around doing stupid things in their dreams, because how many of us have had dreams in which we show up for work naked? Very rarely are we in control of our dreams, and in A Nightmare On Elm Street, the only person in control is Freddy Krueger.

Robert Englund as Freddy is flawless. Before this movie was released, the boogeymen of horror films had always been hulking, silent, expressionless shapes usually hidden way behind masks. Not that there's anything wrong with that! But Englund gave us a new kind of Boogeyman - a smartass. Freddy is hideously burned, covered in scar tissue and has all the fashion sense of a wino, but he's cool. Not content to simply disembowel his screaming victims, Freddy has to tease them a little first, flirting, humiliating or showing off. He makes Tina watch him cut off his own fingers and smiles at her like a drunken uncle who's just pulled a coin out from behind her ear. He sticks his tongue in Nancy's mouth via her telephone. He doesn't waste his sense of humor on the guys in this film, but there's plenty of sequels in which he makes up for that.

This is such a great, innovative film, filled with pretty cool special effects, disturbing sound effects (including scraping metal fingernails and baby goats bleating in terror) and creepy music. The boiler room is an especially unnerving set, complete with hissing pipes and dripping chains. A young Johnny Depp and his feathery 80s hair make their debut in this film as well, and though his character is about half a million miles away from Captain Jack Sparrow, the raw talent is still very much in evidence here.

This remains the best movie of the Elm Street series, with a few good sequels and some really crappy ones. But Freddy is always worth watching.

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