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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Poster

Goofs

Continuity 

The person who gets up to speak in the classroom is not the same person who was sitting in the same seat in the establishing shot a few seconds earlier.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Rod is cornered by the police, he stops and raises his hands and you hear him say "I'm cool, I'm cool", but his mouth clearly isn't moving.
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When Nancy is watching "The Evil Dead". The scene playing on the TV is from the end of the film. However, the screaming heard during the scene is from the famous "Tree Rape" scene; a scene which happens near the beginning of the film.
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Character error 

Throughout the movie, along with all the sequels, Freddy's "razor" glove is on his right hand. When Freddy is chasing Tina, there is a quick shot of him jumping out from behind a small tree and his glove is on his left hand.
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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.
When Nancy checks her watch she is wearing a short-sleeved nightgown, but the closeup shows a wrist with the end of a long blue sleeve on it.
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The part in Nancy's hair swaps sides when her father is telling her to try to forget about Tina.
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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.
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When Nancy is by the bush with Rod, his hand and chest are covered with blood, but when he runs out and is surrounded by the police, which is supposed to be moments later, his chest is clean.
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When Glen is watching over Nancy while she sleeps, the lamp is turned off, darkening the entire room. When she wakes up from her nightmare, her bedroom light is turned on, lighting the entire room.
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The size of the pimple on Nancy's forehead changes from scene to scene.
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In a wide shot, when the bars have just been put on the house, the front door window bars are different than the close-up of Nancy on her porch. The closer shot shows a heart shaped design rather than the three-bar pattern of the wide shot.
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When Nancy is in the bath the position of the blue bath pillow changes from high behind her head with her arms on her chest, to very low with her arms on her tummy.
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When Freddy appears after Nancy yells at him to come out and show himself, he is wearing his hat. Previously, Nancy had pulled Freddy's hat out of her dream at the clinic. In the next scene, as Nancy is being chased down the staircase by Freddy, his hat has disappeared.
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When Gene grabs Nancy's book on booby traps, he's reading the cover with the book still open. When we see the cover, the book is closed, and in the next shot, it's open again.
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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.
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When Nancy rips the phone out the wall and wraps it up, she places it on the bed. The position of the phone, pillow and phone cable change after she opens her bedroom door.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Freddy is first brought into the real world and is pushed over the steps by Nancy, A mattress is clearly visible on the staircase used to break the stunt double's fall.
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Errors in geography 

In the original there is a Palm trees at the cemetery during the Rod's funeral, but Springwood is supposed to be in Illinois.
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(at around 21 mins) There is a bird of paradise plant that is not potted and could not grow outdoors in Illinois.
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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.

Plot holes 

It is revealed in the movie from Nancy's dreams that if she is holding onto something in the dream world, like an object or person, she can bring that object or person into the real world from the dream world. This is shown in the movie's climax. However Nancy was clearly holding onto Freddy when she went to find him with Glen guarding (and not succeeding) in her bedroom earlier in the film. She was struggling with Freddy and holding onto his razors to keep him from killing her in the dream world and was awoken in the exact same way as in the climax, from an alarm. Why didn't Freddy get pulled into the real world at this point?
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It is established in later films that 1428 elm street, was Freddy's house why would two of the people who killed him then move into his house.
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Revealing mistakes 

Obvious stunt double for Nancy when she is pulled underwater. The double also has blonde hair. (In the audio commentary actress Heather Langenkamp is watching this scene, and she embarrassingly says, "That is not me!")
When Nancy is in the kitchen with her mother after the visit to the dream institute she walks in and drinks coffee from a mug. However she clearly isn't drinking anything since she isn't swallowing.
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Crash mat visible when Nancy jumps out of the boiler room and lands in her lawn.
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When the cuts appear on Tina's torso and the Tina pulls her hands up to smear the blood, you can clearly see the foam latex roll up on the left-hand side.
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Freddy intimidates Tina by slitting off his own pinkie and ring fingers, but blood only spurts from the pinkie.
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While Freddy scrapes his claws while his arms are elongated, while chasing Nancy down the lane, you can clearly see the skin under his glove is normal. Anyone who was burned to death would be scarred from head to toe.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Freddy is on fire in the basement we hear him scream, but his mouth is closed.
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Character error 

When Glen's parents come inside the house they leave the front door wide open. After Glen's father hangs up the phone on Nancy, the parents go upstairs without shutting the door.
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Continuity 

When Freddy is knocked off the stairs one of the razor blades from his fingers has broken off. Yet in the next scene, the blade is back on his finger.
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Continuity 

In final scene, the girls singing "One, two, Freddy's coming for you" change places between shots.
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Continuity 

During her nightmare in the dream clinic, Nancy pulls Freddy's hat out of her dream and into reality. Later during Nancy's final nightmare, Freddy grabs her suddenly, and for that one brief shot is wearing his hat, then he remains hatless for the rest of the film.
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Continuity 

When Tina is killed, her shirt is ripped open and her chest is cut by Freddy's four blades. In the next shot she is pulled up the wall then onto the ceiling and her shirt is buttoned up.
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Continuity 

When Nancy sets the booby traps for Freddy, the "explosive lamp" she prepared is different when it actually explodes.
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Continuity 

When Nancy's mum disappears into the bed near the end of the film it is clear that the pillows change position and size. They go higher up the bed.
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Continuity 

The morning after Tina dies, Nancy's mother, Marge, is pouring herself a drink. After Marge turns off the TV, you can see her bottle of liquor on the counter as Nancy walks to the door. The camera then cuts to close-ups of the two women, then goes back to the wide shot and the bottle is gone from the counter.
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Continuity 

After Nancy sets Freddy on fire, she goes running up the basement steps and out the door but she leaves the door open, and it is still open as Freddy is coming up the stairs, but yet when he reaches the top, Nancy opens it and knocks him back down without having closed it in the previous shot.
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Continuity 

At the end of the final dream in which Nancy brings Freddy back into the real world, she is wearing an alarm clock wrist watch, letting her know that midnight is approaching. When she awakens in her bed, she is not wearing one.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Glen is just about to be killed, we hear the radio announcer saying that "it's twelve midnight". But when he is being dragged into the bed by Freddy, the clock beside his bed shows 11:52. However, since the radio announcer also gives the station call-sign as "KRGR" ("Krueger" minus the vowels), the time may be midnight only in Glen's dream.
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Plot holes 

Towards the end of the movie, Nancy was about to go home and go to sleep so she could bring Freddy back with her. She told her dad to come break down the door in exactly 20 minutes so he could get Freddy. In the 20 minutes before she was scheduled to wake up from her dreams, she was able to string up all those booby traps and have a heartwarming talk with her mother and then proceed to fall asleep to go get Freddy. That seems highly impossible.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Freddy is on fire you can see the fire protective mask he's wearing, and it is obvious that it is a stunt double in fire protective clothing.
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Revealing mistakes 

While Freddy is chasing Nancy down the stairs after the sledgehammer hits him, he falls down form the top of the stairs. When he falls, you can clearly see Freddy land on a bed to break his fall. (corrected on both the 2 disc Inifinfilm DVD and the US Blu-Ray release of the film)
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Revealing mistakes 

When the sheet is coming around Rod's neck to choke him you can see the wire that is pulling it.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Nancy runs up the stairs near the end of the movie, the camera shows a close up of her feet sinking into the "goo" stairs. You can see exactly where she is going to put her feet as the "goo" pots are clearly visible.
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Revealing mistakes 

After bringing Freddy into the real world, Nancy runs down to the front door and breaks the window. You can already see the cracks in the window that were probably made so it would break easier.
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Revealing mistakes 

Obvious stunt dummy used when Nancy's mother is pulled through the window in the door at the end.
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Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

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