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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.

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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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1.85 : 1
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Charlie Sheen was interested in the role of Glen, but according to Producer Robert Shaye, he wanted more money than the production could afford. See more »

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There's literally no reason for Rod to bring the cultivator (gardening tool) to the party and no reason to think it would scare the girls since he does not know about Tina's or Nancy's bad dreams about the razor glove (which the cultivator is similar to). It was simply included in the script as foreshadowing, but it could suggest that he's been having similar bad dreams as the others but hasn't shared them. See more »

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Fred Krueger: Tina.
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Written and Produced by Martin Kent, Steve Karshner, Michael Schurig
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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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