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A Nightmare on Elm Street

1984 American horror film directed and written by Wes Craven

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The first film in the Freddy Krueger series.

  • Apr 28, 2009
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A Nightmare on Elm Street is the first film in the franchise series that featured serial killer/child molester Freddy Krueger. After being set free from prison on a legal technicality, the parents of Springwood meter out some vigilante justice against this psychotic pervert. Years later, he's back from the dead terrorizing the children of the parents who murdered him. He's become a real life monster invading the dreams of his victims. But there is one teenager who's brave enough to stand up to him. Her name is Nancy and she's tired of Freddy and does everything within her power to try and stop him. Is Nancy up to the challenge? Can she stop this supernatural fiend before it's too late?

Like I said before. This seminal film is the best in the series. Wes Craven struck pay dirt with this surprise hit of 1984. Not only did this film kick start the most successful horror film franchise in movie history but it sent it's production company New Line Cinema into the stratosphere making it a big player in Hollywood. This was the film that made Freddy Krueger a permanent fixture in American pop culture and it become a worldwide phenomenon.
The first film in the Freddy Krueger series. The first film in the Freddy Krueger series. The first film in the Freddy Krueger series.

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October 01, 2010
Freddy is a nightmare come alive! Good review, CAPPY!
 
April 30, 2009
Well you gotta agree, Craven hit a homer with this one. The ultimate monster, he's inescapeable. You have to sleep--and the rhyme is a brilliant touch.
October 01, 2010
Hi, Queenie, How you been? xo
October 01, 2010
In a bit of a funk. How about you?
 
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review by . October 02, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****     Back in the day, when people like Wes Craven and John Carpenter could still make pretty good films, good ol' Wes made stuff like "The Last House on the Left" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street". With the latter, he was able to pull elements from our deepest nightmares and edit them for added fright and stylistic value. I kind of have to admire that; his film was relevant for its time, and it's still relevant and pretty darn good now. It's one of those horror …
review by . April 30, 2010
A horror masterpiece? More like a horror catastrophe.....
Wes Craven is know all around as the  master of horror for decades he has been delivering original and horrifying films that have left a lasting impression on cinema. His first film "The Last House on the Left"(1972) help jump-start the slasher genre with John Carpenter's "Halloween" following right behind. Craven known worldwide for his original touch when it came to horror, for his films and his originality and flare for theatrics helped, shoot him into super-stardom …
Quick Tip by . May 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
For me this is an essential '80s horror film. It's low-budget, which means the filmmakers had to be creative & not rely on fancy effects. =D
review by . November 01, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
If I was asked my opinion on the slasher branch of horror films my comments would be primarily negative. In general the concept of teenagers (or occasionally adults) being systematically killed for the sake of being killed does not appeal to me. There are movies like Halloween, and the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre that are exceptions to this, but that has more to do with the directors than it did to do with the stories actually being gripping...that being said I find A Nightmare on Elm Street …
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Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American slasher film directed and written by Wes Craven, and the first film of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The film features John Saxon, Heather Langenkamp, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Jsu Garcia, Robert Englund, and Johnny Depp in his feature film debut. Set in the fictional Midwestern town of Springwood, Ohio, the plot revolves around several teenagers who, if they fall asleep, will be killed by Fred Krueger in their dreams, thus causing their deaths in reality. The teenagers are unaware of the cause of this strange phenomenon, but their parents hold a dark secret from long ago.

The film is credited with carrying on many clichés found in low-budget horror films of the 1980s and 1990s, originating in John Carpenter's 1978 horror film Halloween, including the morality play that revolves around sexual promiscuity in teenagers resulting in their eventual (usually graphic) death, leading to the term "slasher film". Critics and film historians argue that the film's premise is the question of the distinction between dreams and reality, which is manifested in the film through the teenagers dreams and their realities. Critics today praise the film's ability to transgress "the boundaries between the imaginary and real", toying with audience perceptions.

Nightmare on Elm Street contains many biographical elements, taking inspiration from director Wes Craven's childhood. The basis of the film ...

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Director: Wes Craven
Genre: Horror
Release Date: November 9, 1984
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Wes Craven
DVD Release Date: September 07, 1999
Runtime: 1hr 32min
Studio: New Line Cinema
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