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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 overview, first billed only:
John Saxon ... Lt. Thompson
Ronee Blakley ... Marge Thompson
Heather Langenkamp ... Nancy Thompson
Amanda Wyss ... Tina Gray
Jsu Garcia ... Rod Lane (as Nick Corri)
Johnny Depp ... Glen Lantz
Charles Fleischer ... Dr. King
Joseph Whipp Joseph Whipp ... Sgt. Parker
Robert Englund ... Fred Krueger
Lin Shaye ... Teacher
Joe Unger ... Sgt. Garcia
Mimi Craven ... Nurse (as Mimi Meyer-Craven)
Jack Shea Jack Shea ... Minister
Ed Call Ed Call ... Mr. Lantz
Sandy Lipton Sandy Lipton ... Mrs. Lantz


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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She is the only one who can stop it... if she fails, no one survives. See more »




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Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Nightmare on Elm Street See more »


Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

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Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the original script, Freddy's famous red-and-green sweater was red and yellow (based on the colors worn by Plastic Man, who, like Freddy, could change his form; the idea was that whatever Freddy changed into would be yellow and red). However, when Wes Craven read an article in "Scientific American" in 1982 that said the two most contrasting colors to the human retina were red and green, he decided to alter the colors. See more »


(at around 23 mins) 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. See more »


[first lines]
Fred Krueger: Tina.
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Alternate Versions

The Australian theatrical release was edited for an M rating but the uncut version was later released on VHS home video with an R rating and can be identified by a yellow strip up in the top right corner of the front cover that says "Graphic Uncut Version". See more »


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The greatest horror slasher movie of all time, the best one in the franchise clever - unique my personal favorite number 1 slasher
6 October 2018 | by rambofan4lifeSee all my reviews

One of my personal favorite horror slasher movies period, it is my number 1 personal favorite horror film in the "Elm Street series" I never replace this movie with a sequel because it is one of the greatest, clever and creative films ever made of all time. A Nightmare on Elm Street is a classic the original the greatest classic horror slasher movie of all time. I love this film to death I am huge fan of this movie it is dear to my heart. I have a poster of this movie hang on a door in my room, my girlfriend give it to me as my birthday present. This movie was so successful that it spawned 6 sequels, a TV show, a recent remake, and countless merchandise.

This movie is 10 the best in horror genre ever. The best one in the franchise it is so unique and clever that it grabs you from your seats. It was written and directed by master of horror him self Wes Craven R.I.P. It is really a tragedy that he died in August 30, 2015 I remember people making video responses to men who gave us Freddy Krueger and wonderful horror films in the decades I have seen some of his movies and I really miss the legend. I love the soundtrack playing on the end of credits Nightmare by 213 one of the best songs ever. I love the cast in the movie so much.

A horribly disfigured man with knives for fingers stalks and kills teens in their dreams (and subsequently, real life). The original A Nightmare on Elm Street stands head and shoulders above every other movie in the series for a variety of reasons. Obviously it has the originality factor going for it, introducing audiences to Freddy and his evil work, but it is also much darker than the other films. Freddy isn't the comedian cracking cheesy one-liners every time he slaughters a teenager, but he still has a subtly dark sense of humor that draws viewers in. The film has great pacing and special effects, with far and away the best final act of the series.

Heather Langenkamp is the best as Nancy Thompson she is my favorite horror actress of all time Heather was unique heroine who has to fight against Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) who stalks Nancy and her friends in their dreams and hunts and kills them one by one. Nancy finds out a dark secret in her family and why Freddy is hunting her. She try's to warn her friends, her parents no one believes her that Freddy is real and alive. She has to fight for survival her self by going back in to her dreams and get Freddy out of her dream in to the real world. The bathtub scene is my favorite in the film in which Nancy is sleeping in the bath and you can see Freddy's glove with knives for fingers try's to stab Nancy instead he try's do drown her in the bathtub, but she manages to swim back up to the opening of her bathtub and pulls herself to safety, bad-ass scene.

Nancy Thompson was so clever, beautiful bad-ass smart and intense carefully she out smart Freddy. She put booby traps for Freddy Awesome! Jonny Depp is bad-ass as Glen Lantz he is so awesome and he plays his character so believable. He later played Tom Hanson in 21 Jump Street he was so good in the 80's and convincible playing his character he should be the hero in this movie. Robert Englund is the only one and a real horror creep scary Freddy Kruger only Robert could play a character like this. He is the best horror icon ever. Sorry but Jackie Earle Haley is not Freddy Krueger that will always be Robert Englund. He played In 8 films Freddy Krueger and in TV series the character. Freddy Krueger is a horror icon ever.

A Nightmare on Elm Street stars: John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri, Johnny Depp and Robert Englund.

Amanda Wyss as Christina "Tina" Gray was excellent as Nancy's friend from school who had a the same dream about the same disfigured man with knives for fingers who is stalking her.

John Saxon as Lt. Thompson is so great in the film as Nancy father trying to figure it out the murders and helping her daughter out.

We can all say "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is a classic the best one in the "Elm Street" series, it is Wes Craven's best film to date. In which Freddy Krueger is scary villain he is not a comedian like he was in the sequels. There is a lot of gore special effects in the film a lot of blood. It is rated R bloody disgusting slasher movie ever. I love this movie to death it is my personal number 1 favorite slasher horror film.

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