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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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 including Tina Gray, Rod Lane and Glen Lantz are being tormented by a clawed killer in their dreams named Freddy Krueger. Nancy must think quickly, as Freddy tries to pick off his victims 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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$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,271,000 (USA) (9 November 1984)

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$26,505,000 (USA) (31 May 1985)
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Another source for the film is a 1968 short film made by students of Wes Craven at Clarkson University. The film parodied contemporary horror movies, and was filmed along Elm Street in Potsdam, New York (the town in the movie was named Madstop--Potsdam spelled backwards). See more »

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(at around 55 mins) When Glen grabs Nancy's book on booby traps, he's reading the cover with the book still open. When we see the cover, the book is closed, and in the next shot, it's open again. 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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The Best Horror Film of the Last 20 Years
26 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Nightmare on Elm Street" is so original, realistic, and overall terrifying that it is easy to overlook the film's numerous shortcomings. The film deals with a deceased child molester who now lives only through the dreams of the children of those who cooked him to death. Robert Englund is truly frightening as Freddy Krueger, a dark figure whose only purpose is to kill all the siblings of his killers. The knife-styled finger glove has become a trademark of this amazing character who was created by writer-director Wes Craven. The film goes for suspense, drama, and gore and delivers for the most part. None of the characters are developed very well, but most do not live to see the end of the film so it really does not matter. A great horror film that still delivers today. Ignore the endless sequels, they each detract from this truly original and interesting film. Look for a young Johnny Depp as one of the unlucky teens. 4 out of 5 stars


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