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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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Wes Craven

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Wes Craven
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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From Suspense Master Wes Craven, the director of The Hills Have Eyes and The Last House On The Left, comes a new film of fantasy terror. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Nightmare on Elm Street See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,271,000, 11 November 1984

Gross USA:

$25,504,513

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,504,513
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Workprint Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When checking the backyard, Glen calls for a cat, saying, "Chow, chow, chow." This is taken from a TV spot for Purina Cat Chow using reverse looping a cat to make it seem like it was dancing the cha-cha while singing chow, chow, chow. See more »

Goofs

(at around 16 mins) When Freddy scrapes his claws with his arms 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. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fred Krueger: Tina.
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Alternate Versions

The German television version is heavily cut, allowing for an earlier time slot. The cuts are:
  • When Tina is sliced by Freddy Krueger, we don't see how he slices her chest and is pulled to the ceiling.
  • In Tina's last dream we don't see when Freddy cuts his own fingers off his hand. Later, there is a scene where Freddy's face is pulled off by Tina. This scene is also missing.
  • When Nancy meets Freddy for the first time, we can't see when he slices his abdomen and when Nancy puts her arm on the hot pipe.
  • When Rod's neck is broken by Freddy Krueger, we only see Rod looking at the "snake", before it kills him.
  • The scene where the dead Tina is talking to Nancy while snakes are coming out her dress is also cut.
  • Glen's famous dead scene is also cut. We only see how he is sucked in his bed. The bloody, second half is cut.
  • When Nancy is burning Freddy, we only see the fire reach his feet, then it cuts to Nancy calling her dad.
  • The scene where Freddy is killing Nancy's mother by burning her is also cut.
  • These changes were also made in the German video version, which has a "not under 16 years" rating. The uncut version is sometimes shown on Pay-Per-View and is rated "not under 18 years."
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Written and Produced by Martin Kent, Steve Karshner, Michael Schurig
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A Nightmare on Elm Street certainly delivers
17 February 2014 | by veryape-887-913905See all my reviews

Nancy is having grisly nightmares. Meanwhile, her high-school friends, who are having the very same dreams, are being slaughtered in their sleep by the hideous fiend of their shared nightmares. When the police ignore her explanation, she herself must confront the killer in her shadowy realm.

This Film Starred: John Saxon, Heather Langenkamp & Johnny Depp.

A Nightmare on Elm Street was released in 1984 was written and directed by Wes Craven.

In my personal opinion this was a great film, it had it's scary moments which every horror should have unfortunately they did go a bit far on a couple of the sequels which got rather low ratings on here. Not all of the sequels are bad, for example I am a fan of 3 & 4 but sequels like 2 & 5 ARE GIVING THE Freddy movies a bad name and are shadowing the excellence of this movie in particular. People seem to recognise Freddy Krueger as the burnt serial killer with knives for fingers who appeared in all them bad films. A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 is not one of them films and should be recognised as a the great movie it is. I highly recommend this film to all fans of the horror genre.

****/***** Very Good.


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