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A Nightmare on Elm Street [1984]

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Director:Wes Craven
Writer:Wes Craven
Composer:Charles Bernstein
Length:91 minutes
(1 hour 31 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:95%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Suspense / Horror
  • Action
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
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Synopsis: In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.


Reaction: A bit bizarre, but for a movie about a guy who attacks you in your dreams, that's to be expected.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Wes Craven => Director / Writer
Charles Bernstein => Composer
Amanda Wyss => Christina 'Tina' Gray
Charles Fleischer => Dr. King
David Andrews => Foreman
Donna Woodrum => Tina's Mom
Ed Call => Mr. Lantz
Heather Langenkamp => Nancy Thompson
Jack Shea => Minister
Jeff Levine => Coroner (as Jeffrey Levine)
Joe Unger => Sgt. Garcia
John Saxon => Lt. Donald Thompson
Johnny Depp => Glen Lantz
Joseph Whipp => Sgt. Parker
Jsu Garcia => Rod Lane (as Nick Corri)
Lin Shaye => Teacher
Mimi Craven => Nurse (as Mimi Meyer-Craven)
Robert Englund => Fred Krueger
Ronee Blakley => Marge Thompson
Sandy Lipton => Mrs. Lantz

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • One of the main reasons Johnny Depp was chosen was because the producer's daughter thought he was "dreamy."
  • Johnny Depp's first film
  • Heather Langenkamp beat over 200 actresses for the role of Nancy Thompson, some of the other actresses who auditioned for the role of Nancy were Jennifer Grey, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox and Tracey Gold.
  • The words "Elm Street" are not spoken at all during the movie.
  • The scene were Freddy's arms elongate were achieved by having men with fishing poles on each side of the alley marionetting a set of puppet arms attached to actor Robert Englund.
  • Over 500 gallons of fake blood were used during the making of the film.
  • New Line Cinema was saved from bankruptcy by the success of the film, and was jokingly nicknamed "the house that Freddy built".
  • The original glove was used in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, and was also seen in Evil Dead II. However, when Wes Craven loaned the glove to the A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors set, it was lost, and has never been located since.
  • Freddy Kruger was designed by Wes Craven to be the typical "silent" serial killer such as Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers. But in the sequels Freddy developed a cheeky persona that enabled him to be the black humored villain
  • On the DVD audio commentary, Wes Craven says he was told that this was the first film to use a breakaway mirror.