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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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The monstrous spirit of a slain janitor seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Thompson
... Marge Thompson
... Nancy Thompson
... Tina Gray
... Rod Lane (as Nick Corri)
... Glen Lantz
... Dr. King
Joseph Whipp ... Sgt. Parker
... Fred Krueger
... Teacher
... Sgt. Garcia
... Nurse (as Mimi Meyer-Craven)
... Minister
Ed Call ... Mr. Lantz
Sandy Lipton ... Mrs. Lantz
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On Elm Street, Nancy Thompson and a group of her friends (comprising Tina Gray, Rod Lane and Glen Lantz) are being tormented by a clawed killer in their dreams named Fred Krueger. Nancy must think quickly, as Fred tries to pick them off one by one. When he has you in your sleep, who is there to save you? Written by simon_hrdng

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16 November 1984 (USA)  »

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Les griffes de la nuit  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,271,000, 11 November 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,504,513
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The first was originally supposed to be set in Los Angeles, California. The script mentions the San Fernando Valley, a filmed, but cut, line from the film has a teenager say "California is the most high and palmy state, man!" in the classroom scene, and palm trees are visible in the background of some scenes. This detail was changed for the final cut of the film, to make it vague in which city the movie was set, the town's name or possible location is never stated at any point. The second movie establishes the town's name as Springwood, and later movies confirm the new location as Springwood, Ohio. See more »

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(at around 14 mins) Right after Freddy has appeared in the wall, Nancy, who's lying in her bed, slides her hand under her pillow, but in the next cut it's on top of the pillow again. See more »

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Fred Krueger: Tina.
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Genuine Horror Classic
26 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Wes Craven created Freddy Krueger and when he did the world of Horror welcomed a great new character to its screens (or should that be its Screams).

Freddy, a child murderer in life, now hunts the children of the men and women that killed him, while they sleep.

Very gory, tense and full of over the top deaths scenes A Nightmare on Elm Street brought something new to the Horror Genre, and will go down in history in recognition of this.

The rarity of the film, is the character of Freddy, because he actually has character without distracting from the terror (in this outing at least)

Thanks Wes

9/10


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