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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Poster

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Nancy Thompson: Help! I've got him! Hey, Daddy! I've got him trapped! Help! Where are you?

Sgt. Parker: Everything's gonna be all right! Everything's under control!

Nancy Thompson: Get my dad, you asshole!

Children: One, two, Freddy's coming for you. / Three, four, better lock your door. / Five, six, grab your crucifix. / Seven, eight, gonna stay up late. / Nine, ten, never sleep again.

Nancy Thompson: [iconic line] Whatever you do... don't fall asleep.

Fred Krueger: I'm your boyfriend now, Nancy.

Nancy Thompson: It's only a dream!

Fred Krueger: Come to Freddy.

Nancy Thompson: GOD DAMN YOU!

Nancy Thompson: MOTHER! What's with the bars?

Marge Thompson: Security.

Nancy Thompson: Security? SECURITY FROM WHAT?

Marge Thompson: Not from what: From whom. Come down to the cellar. You wanna know who Fred Krueger was? He was a filthy child murderer, who killed at least 20 kids in the neighborhood... kids we all knew.

Nancy Thompson: Oh, Mom.

Marge Thompson: It drove us crazy when we didn't know who it was, but it was even worse after they caught him.

Nancy Thompson: Did they put him away?

Marge Thompson: Well all the lawyers got fat and the Judge got famous, but someone forgot to sign the search warrant in the right place and Krueger was free just like that.

Nancy Thompson: What did you do?

Marge Thompson: A bunch of us parents got together and tracked him down. We found him in old abandoned boiler room, where he used to take his kids.

Nancy Thompson: Go on.

Marge Thompson: We took gasoline and poured it all around the place and made a trail of it out the door. We lit the whole thing up and watched it burn. He's dead now. He's dead because Mommy killed him. I even took his knives.

[Tina is in the alley behind her home when a trashcan lid suddenly comes rolling out and crashes at her feet. She turns around]

Fred Krueger: Tina...

[laughs mockingly as he appears, extending his arms across the entire width of the alley]

Tina Gray: Please, God!

Fred Krueger: [reveals his glove] This... is God!

[laughs as he takes off after her]

Tina Gray: [screams and runs toward the house]

Glen Lantz: Miss Nude America is going to be on tonight.

Mrs. Lantz: How can you hear what she's going to say?

Glen Lantz: Who cares what she says?

Nancy Thompson: Oh, God. I look 20 years old!

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Fred Krueger: [approaching Nancy] I'll kill you slow!

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Marge Thompson: Nancy?

Nancy Thompson: What, Mother?

Marge Thompson: Don't fall asleep in there. You could drown, you know.

Nancy Thompson: Oh, for Pete's sakes.

Marge Thompson: It happens all the time. I've heated up some warm milk for you, honey.

Nancy Thompson: Warm milk? Gross.

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Nancy Thompson: [after Glen failed to wake her up as she fell asleep and dreamed about Freddy] GLEN, YOU BASTARD!

Glen Lantz: What did I do?

Nancy Thompson: I just asked you to do one thing, to stay awake and watch me and to wake me up if it looked like I was having a bad dream, and what did you do, YOU SHIT?

[Nancy then slaps him on the knee]

Nancy Thompson: You fell asleep!

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Marge Thompson: Nancy, you are going to get some sleep tonight if it kills me.

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Nancy Thompson: Come on, Freddy. Can't you catch me?

Fred Krueger: I'm going to split you in two.

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Hallguard: Where's your pass?

Nancy Thompson: Screw your pass.

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Nancy Thompson: I grab the guy in my dream. You see me struggling so you wake me up. We both come out, you whack the fucker and we got him.

Glen Lantz: Are you crazy, hit him with what?

Nancy Thompson: You're the jock. You have a baseball bat or something.

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[Freddy wears Tina mask]

Tina Gray: Nancy, help me, please. Save me from...

[Removes mask]

Fred Krueger: Freddy!

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Glen Lantz: I'm going to punch out your ugly lights, whoever you are!

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John, Kid in Classroom: Oh, God, I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.

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Voice on Glen's television set: It is now twelve, midnight and this is station KRGR, leaving the air.

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Tina Gray: Nancy, you dreamed about the same creep I did.

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Nancy Thompson: I'm into survival.

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Hallguard: [off screen] Hey, Nancy.

[flashing Freddy's finger knives]

Hallguard: No running in the hallway.

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[Glen is trying to get to sleep on the couch alone, but the sounds of Tina and Rod having sex is keeping him up]

Glen Lantz: Morality sucks.

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Glen Lantz: Oh, man. Midnight. Baseball bats and boogeymen. Beautiful.

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Rod Lane: [after tackling Glen on the lawn] It's Rod Lane, bringing Lantz down, just three yards from the goal line! What a brilliant tackle and the crowd goes wild!

Tina Gray: What the hell are you doing here?

Rod Lane: Came to make up. No big deal. Your mom home?

Tina Gray: Of course.

[looking at the tool Rod used to make the screeching noise]

Tina Gray: Oh, what's that?

Rod Lane: Intense, huh?

[slowly reveals it and imitates a screeching noise]

Rod Lane: So what's going on here? An orgy or somethin'?

Glen Lantz: Maybe your funeral, dickhead.

[Rod pulls out a switchblade and holds it up to Glen's face]

Nancy: [Putting Rod's flashing switchblade back in and giving it to him] It's just a sleepover, Rod. Tina and me. Glen was JUST leaving.

Rod Lane: [to Tina, with a smile] Did you see his face?

Glen Lantz: [Mimicking Rod with a face] Did you see his face?

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Nancy Thompson: [she notices Glen standing outside her window with mud-caked soles] Sometimes I wish you didn't live right across the street.

Glen Lantz: [holds one of his muddy feet up to her] Will you shut up and let me in? Did you ever stand on a rose trellis in your bare feet?

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Nancy Thompson: [Referring to the Balinese way of dreaming] But what if they meet a monster in their dreams, then what?

Glen Lantz: They turn their back on it. Take away its energy and it disappears.

Nancy Thompson: But what happens if they don't do that?

Glen Lantz: Well I guess those people don't wake up to tell what happens.

Nancy Thompson: [sighing] Great.

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Nancy Thompson: I know you're there Freddy.

Fred Krueger: You think you was gonna get away from me?

Nancy Thompson: I know you too well, Freddy.

Fred Krueger: Now you die.

Nancy Thompson: It's too late, Krueger. I know the secret now. This is just a dream. You're not alive. This whole thing is just a dream.

[she turns around and faces him]

Nancy Thompson: I want my mother and friends again.

Fred Krueger: You what?

Nancy Thompson: I take back every bit of energy I gave you. You're nothing. You're shit.

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Nancy Thompson: [talking on the phone with her dad] Hi, daddy. I know what happened.

[appealing to Glen]

Lt. Donald Thompson: I haven't been upstairs yet.

Nancy Thompson: Yeah, but you know he's dead, right?

Lt. Donald Thompson: Yeah, apparently he's dead.

Nancy Thompson: Listen, Daddy, I've got a proposition for you. Listen very carefully, please.

Lt. Donald Thompson: Nancy.

Nancy Thompson: I'm going to go and get the guy who did it, and I want you to be there to arrest him when I bring him out. Okay?

Lt. Donald Thompson: Just tell me who did it, I'll go get him, baby.

Nancy Thompson: Fred Krueger did it, Daddy. And only I can get him. It's my nightmare he comes to.

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Glen Lantz: What did you do to your arm?

Nancy Thompson: I burned it in English class

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Rod Lane: I had a hard-on this morning when I woke up, Tina... Had your name written all over it.

Tina Gray: There's four letters in my name, Rod. How can there be enough room on your joint for four letters?

[laughter]

Rod Lane: Hey, up yours with a twirling lawnmower!

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Cop #3: [after seeing the crime scene in Glen's room] What the HELL did that, Lieutenant?

Lt. Donald Thompson: I don't know. What's the coroner got to say?

Cop #3: He's been in the John pukin' since he saw it.

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Tina's Mom: You okay, Tina?

Tina Gray: Just a dream, Ma'.

Tina's Mom: Hm, some dream, judging from that!

[Tina looks down to see that there are four tears in her night-gown]

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Tina Gray: All day long I've been seeing that guy's weird face and hearing those fingernails.

Nancy Thompson: Fingernails? That's amazing you saying that. That made me remember the dream I had last night.

Tina Gray: What'd you dream?

Nancy Thompson: I dreamed about a guy in a dirty red and green sweater.

[Glen looks up, curious]

Tina Gray: Well what about the fingernails?

Nancy Thompson: Well he scraped his fingernails along things. Actually they were more like fingerknives or something. Something he'd made himself. They made a horrible sound

[Imitating nails on a chalkboard]

Nancy Thompson: screeech.

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Tina's Mom: [On seeing Tina's torn nightgown] Tina, you either gotta cut your fingernails or ya gotta stop that kind of dreaming. One or the other.

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Nancy Thompson: [screaming in the boiler room] Come out and show yourself, you bastard!

[fixing her watch, and Krueger comes from behind]

Nancy Thompson: [screaming and jumping from the boiler room and landing in front of her house on a rose bush] Dammit! Where are you? Where are you Krueger?

[laughing uncomfortably]

Nancy Thompson: I know your here!

Fred Krueger: [whispering] Hey, Nancy.

[pops out from under the rose bush]

Nancy Thompson: [jumps towards and grabs him] I've got you now!

[wrestles with him as her alarm wakes her]

Nancy Thompson: [screaming and waking in her room alone]

Nancy Thompson: Oh.

[holds her face in despair]

Nancy Thompson: I'm crazy after all!

[Freddy pops out from the other side of her bed]

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Marge Thompson: [to Nancy] Oh, I feel like a million bucks. They say you've bottomed out when you can't remember the night before.

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Nancy Thompson: [looking in the mirror] This is just a dream, this isn't real. This is just a dream, he isn't real. He isn't...

Nancy Thompson: [Freddy smashes through the mirror and grabs her]

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Glen Lantz: You believe this fog?

Nancy Thompson: Oh, I believe anything is possible.

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Nancy Thompson: Maybe I should just pick up that bottle and veg out with you, ignore everything going on around me by getting good and loaded.

[Marge slaps her]

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Glen Lantz: We have reason to believe there may be something very strange going on.

Lt. Donald Thompson: You got that right.

Nancy Thompson: What are you doing here?

Lt. Donald Thompson: There's an unsolved murder and I hate unsolved murders, especially ones that my daughter is mixed up in, what are *you* doing here?

Nancy Thompson: Look I just gotta see that he's okay.

Sgt. Garcia: I just checked on him ten minutes ago, he's sleeping like a baby, he's not going anywhere.

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[first lines]

Fred Krueger: Tina.

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Nancy Thompson: And now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the lord my soul to keep. And if I die before I wake, I pray the lord my soul to take.

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Marge Thompson: [to Nancy] He's dead, honey, because Mommy killed him.

[Reveals Freddy's glove]

Marge Thompson: I even took his knives. So it's okay now.

[Puts her hands on Nancy's knees]

Marge Thompson: You can sleep.

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Lt. Donald Thompson: What was she doing there?

Marge Thompson: Hello to you, too, Donald.

Lt. Donald Thompson: [sarcastically] Marge.

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Rod Lane: I probably could have saved her if I'd have moved sooner. But I thought it was just another nightmare, like the one I had the night before. There was... there was this guy; he had knives for fingers.

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Nancy Thompson: Ok, here's what we're going to do.

Glen Lantz: It's dark in here.

Nancy Thompson: But it's not what you're thinking.

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Ambulance crew member: We don't need a stretcher in there. We need a mop!

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Tina Gray: [to Nancy] Maybe we're gonna have a big earthquake. They say things get really weird just before.

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Rod Lane: [to Tina] Guys can have nightmares too ya know. Ya ain't got a corner on the market or somethin'.

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Nancy Thompson: [At the police station] You know Tina, she dreamed this was gonna happen.

Lt. Donald Thompson: What?

Nancy Thompson: She had a nightmare, that someone was trying to kill her.

[to her mother, sobbing]

Nancy Thompson: That's why we were there mom. She just didn't wanna sleep alone.

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Nancy Thompson: What I learned in the dream clinic. That's what I'm trying to prove mother. Rod didn't kill Tina and he didn't hang himself. There's this guy. He's after us in our dreams.

Marge Thompson: But that's just not reality Nancy.

Nancy Thompson: [Pulling Krueger's hat out of a drawer] It's real momma, feel it.

Marge Thompson: Give me that damn thing!

Nancy Thompson: It even has his name written in it. Fred Krueger mom. Fred Krueger.

[Realizing her mother knows about him]

Nancy Thompson: Do you know who that is mother? Because if you do you better tell me cause he's after me now.

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Marge Thompson: You want to know who Fred Krueger was? He was a filthy child murderer who killed at least 20 kids in the neighborhood. Kids we all knew.

Nancy Thompson: [taken aback] Oh, mom.

Marge Thompson: It drove us crazy when we didn't know who it was, but it was even worse after they caught him.

Nancy Thompson: Did they put him away?

Marge Thompson: Well, the lawyers got fat and the judge got famous, but somebody forgot to sign the search warrant in the right place and Krueger was free, just like that.

Nancy Thompson: What did you do, mother?

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Nancy Thompson: [At the sleep clinic] I don't see why you can't just give me a pill to keep me from dreaming.

Dr. King: Everybody's got to dream, young girl. If you don't dream...

[Pointing to his head]

Dr. King: You go.

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Dr. King: [At the sleep clinic, referring to the monitor's brainwave display] A nightmare now would be plus or minus five or six. She's about three.

Nancy Thompson: [Nancy begins twitching, as you hear Freddy's knives] Doctor, what's she doing now? Is she asleep or awake?

Dr. King: [the monitor's number quickly increases to 30]

[Shaking his head in disbelief]

Dr. King: Something's wrong. It never gets this high.

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Nancy Thompson: [to her father] The killer's still loose, you know.

Lt. Donald Thompson: You're saying somebody else killed Tina? Who?

Nancy Thompson: I don't know who he is, but he's burned and he wears a weird hat and a red and green sweater, really dirty. And he uses these knives, like giant fingernails...

Lt. Donald Thompson: [Cuts her off and guides her into the car]

Lt. Donald Thompson: [to Marge] You better keep her home, for a few days, until she really gets over the shock of this.

Marge Thompson: I've got something better. I'm going to get her some help.

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Nancy Thompson: Glenn? Where are you? Are you there?

Fred Krueger: [whispers] I'm here.

[jumps out from behind a bush. Nancy screams and takes off running]

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Nancy Thompson: [after seeing that the house is now fully secured] Mother! What's with the bars?

Marge Thompson: Security.

Nancy Thompson: Security? Security from what?

Marge Thompson: Not from what, from whom.

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Nancy Thompson: [Before going to sleep to find Freddy] Okay Krueger, we play in your court.

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