A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 40 mins

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This spine-chilling tale of horror delves into the terrifying sequence of events that unfold in the life of Tina Gray, Nancy Thomson and those around them. In the early 1980's, a psychopath named Freddy Krueger, infamously known as the Springwood Slasher, murdered several children with a glove outfitted with straight razor blades attached to the fingers. When a foolish decision by a judge sets him free, Krueger is burned alive in the boiler room where he worked, by an angry mob of the parents whose children he terrorized and murdered. Years after his death, the children whose parents were responsible for Krueger's death - including Nancy Thompson, daughter of the police officer who arrested Krueger - are experiencing terrifying nightmares involving a burned man wearing a glove with razor blades on the fingers. The ghost of Freddy Krueger is haunting their dreams, and when Nancy's best friend Tina dies in her sleep violently during a dream confrontation with Krueger, Nancy realizes she must find a way to stop the evil psychopath's reign of terror - or never sleep again...
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Cast: Johnny Depp

Crew: Wes Craven (Director), Jacques Haitkin (Director of Photography), Charles Bernstein (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Release Dates: 16 Nov 1984 (India)

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Did you know? All of the boiler room footage in the film was shot in the basement of the Lincoln Heights Jail, which was condemned shortly after production wrapped, due to the high levels of asbestos. Read More
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as Glen Lantz
as Tina Gray
as Surfers
as Cops
as Cops
as Foreman
as Mrs Gray
as Lantz
as Nancy Thompson
as Minister
as Coroner
as Sgt Garcia
as Don Thompson
as Sgt Parker
as Hall Guard
as Teacher
as Nurse
as Rod Lane
as Boyfriend
as Freddy Krueger
as Marge Thompson
as Mrs Lantz
as Cops

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Goofs:
Errors in Geography
In the original there is a Palm trees at the cemetery during the Rod's funeral, but Springwood is supposed to be in Ohio.

Errors in Geography
(at around 21 mins) There is a bird of paradise plant that is not potted and could not grow outdoors in Ohio.

Errors in Geography
During the funeral scene all of the vehicles have California license plates while the movie takes place in Ohio.

Miscellaneous
In the full-screen version, during the first nightmare sequence, right before Freddy pops up to scare Tina you can see Robert Englund as Freddy crouched down and moving into place behind her. However, at the time of the film's release director Wes Craven would assume that only the wide-screen version would eventually be available for home viewing. You can't see Robert Englund behind Tina in the wide-screen version.

Miscellaneous
It is revealed in the movie from Nancy's dreams that if she is holding onto something in the dream world, like an object or person, she can bring that object or person into the real world from the dream world. This is shown in the movie's climax. However Nancy was clearly holding onto Freddy when she went to find him with Glen guarding (and not succeeding) in her bedroom earlier in the film. She was struggling with Freddy and holding onto his razors to keep him from killing her in the dream world and was awoken in the exact same way as in the climax, from an alarm. Why didn't Freddy get pulled into the real world at this point?

Revealing Mistakes
It is established in later films that 1428 elm street, was Freddy's house why would two of the people who killed him then move into his house.

Revealing Mistakes
(at around 33 mins) Obvious stunt double for Nancy when she is pulled underwater. The double also has blonde hair. (In the audio commentary actress Heather Langenkamp is watching this scene, and she embarrassingly says, "That is not me!")

Revealing Mistakes
(at around 51 mins) When Nancy is in the kitchen with her mother after the visit to the dream institute she walks in and drinks coffee from a mug. However she clearly isn't drinking anything since she isn't swallowing.

Revealing Mistakes
(at around 17 mins) When the cuts appear on Tina's torso and she pulls her hands up to smear the blood, you can clearly see the foam latex roll up on the left-hand side.

Revealing Mistakes
(at around 1h 20 mins) Crash mat visible when Nancy jumps out of the boiler room and lands in her lawn.

Audio/Video Mismatch
(at around 22 mins) When Rod is cornered by the police, he stops and raises his hands and you hear him say "I'm cool, I'm cool", but his mouth clearly isn't moving.

Audio/Video Mismatch
(at around 34 mins) When Nancy is watching The Evil Dead. The scene playing on the TV is from the end of the film. However, the screaming heard during the scene is from the famous "Tree Rape" scene; a scene which happens near the beginning of the film.

Character Error
(at around 16 mins) Throughout the movie, along with all the sequels, Freddy's "razor" glove is on his right hand. When Freddy is chasing Tina, there is a quick shot of him jumping out from behind a small tree and his glove is on his left hand.

Continuity
(at around 37 mins) When Glen is watching over Nancy while she sleeps, the lamp is turned off, darkening the entire room. When she wakes up from her nightmare, her bedroom light is turned on, lighting the entire room. This mistake is digitally fixed in the 2006 Infinifilm release of the film.

Continuity
(at around 28 mins) To wake herself up, Nancy smashes the outside of her arm against the boiler. But when she wakes up, the burn mark is on the inside of her wrist.

Continuity
(at around 23 mins) The person who gets up to speak in the classroom is not the same person who was sitting in the same seat in the establishing shot a few seconds earlier.

Continuity
(at around 1h 15 mins) When Nancy checks her watch she is wearing a short-sleeved nightgown, but the closeup shows a wrist with the end of a long blue sleeve on it.

Continuity
The part in Nancy's hair swaps sides when her father is telling her to try to forget about Tina.
Trivia:
Over 500 gallons of fake blood were used during the making of this movie.

Wes Craven first came up with the basic idea for the movie from several newspaper articles printed in the LA Times over a three year period about a group of Southeast Asian refugees from the Hmong tribe, several of whom died in the throes of horrific nightmares. The group had come to America to escape the reign of Pol Pot, and within a year of arriving, three men had died, with the situation the same in each cases; the young, otherwise healthy, man would have a nightmare, then refuse to sleep for as long as possible. Upon finally falling asleep from exhaustion, the man awoke screaming, then died. Autopsy results revealed that they had not died because of heart failure, they had simply died. It was this lack of cause which intrigued Craven so much. Medical authorities have since called the phenomenon Asian Death Syndrome, a variant of Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome (SUDS) and Brugada Syndrome.

The idea behind the glove was a practical one on Wes Craven's part, as he wanted to give the character a unique weapon, but also something that could be made cheaply and wouldn't be difficult to use or transport. At the time, he was studying primal fears embedded in the subconscious of people of all cultures and discovered that one of those fears is attack by animal claws. Around the same time, he saw his cat unsheathe its claws, and the two concepts merged, although in the original script the blades were fishing knives, not steak knives as in the finished film.

It would take about 3 hours to get Robert Englund into his Freddy make-up.

The original glove was used in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985), and was also seen in Evil Dead II (1987). However, when Wes Craven loaned the glove to the A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) set, it was lost, and has never been located since.

All of the boiler room footage in the film was shot in the basement of the Lincoln Heights Jail, which was condemned shortly after production wrapped, due to the high levels of asbestos.

(at around 34 mins) The film playing on Nancy's TV when she drifts off to sleep in her bedroom is Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead (1981).

(at around 53 mins) In an interview with Heather Langenkamp, she mentioned that Ronee Blakley really did slap her during the kitchen scene. However, if you watch the scene carefully, you can see that she must be referring to a previous take. It's obvious that the slap seen in the final take is artificial.

According to Wes Craven, Robert Englund was not the first choice for the role of Fred Krueger; he had initially wanted a stunt man to play the part, but upon testing several stunt men, he realized he needed an actor.

The very first time we see Freddy in the movie, he isn't being played by Robert Englund, but by special-effects man Charles Belardinelli, as Belardinelli was the only one who knew exactly how to cut the glove and insert the blades.

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.

New Line Cinema was saved from bankruptcy by the success of the film, and was jokingly nicknamed "the house that Freddy built".

The scene where Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is attacked by Freddy in her bathtub was shot using a bottomless tub, which was put in a bathroom set that had been built over a swimming pool. During the underwater sequence, Langenkamp was replaced with stuntwoman Christina Johnson. Langenkamp spent 12 hours in the bath during filming.

The words "Elm Street" are not spoken at all during the movie.

According to Robert Englund, he based the physicality of Freddy on Klaus Kinski's performance in Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979). Englund also says on his DVD commentary that in his mind, the back-story for Freddy was based on something from his own childhood. On Valentine's Day when Englund was in school, everyone in the class made Valentine cards for one another, but there was one boy who received no cards from anyone. Englund theorized that this boy went on to become Freddy.

Nancy mentions taking a drug so she won't dream. This drug (Hypnocil) ends up being a major plot point in later Freddy movies.

Freddy Krueger has under 7 minutes of screen time in the entire movie.

The little girl skipping rope was the daughter of the couple whose home was used as Tina's house.

Robert Englund cut himself the first time that he tried on the infamous Freddy glove.

In the original script, Freddy was a child molester, however the decision was made to change him into being a child murderer to avoid accusations of exploiting a series of child molestations in California around the time of production.