A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger (Robert Englund), who was burned alive by angry parents many years before. Krueger has now come back in the dreams of his killers' children, claiming their lives as his revenge. Nancy and her boyfriend, Glen (Johnny Depp), must devise a plan to lure the monster out of the realm of nightmares and into the real world...

  1. Wes Craven

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. John Saxon

    John Saxon

    Lt. Thompson

  2. Ronee Blakley

    Ronee Blakley

    Marge Thompson

  3. Heather Langenkamp

    Heather Langenkamp

    Nancy Thompson

  4. Amanda Wyss

    Amanda Wyss

    Tina Gray

  5. Jsu Garcia

    Jsu Garcia

    Rod Lane

  6. Johnny Depp

    Johnny Depp

    Glen Lantz

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 31m

Budget $1,800,000.00

Revenue $25,504,513.00

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Release Information

  • November 15, 1984
    R, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Dream Attack.

The kids of Elm Street appear to be having the same bad dream, one in which a scarred faced bogeyman in a stripy jumper hunts them with knives attached to his fingers. When the dream becomes a reality for one of the kids, and the worst happens, Nancy Thompson risks all to bring the bogeyman into the open.

Stupendous horror movie, one that not even the ream of sequels, spin- offs and cartoons could ever diminish. Wes Craven creates a film of utter terror, unleashing one of the genres most famous monsters on the unsuspecting film loving public, with Robert Englund as the hideo... read the rest.

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