Nightmare on Elm Street

Nightmare on Elm Street

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Director: Wes Craven

Cast: John Saxon, Ronee Blakely, Heather Langenkamp

     
 

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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 (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… See more details below

Overview

Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter (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. With a supporting cast that includes horror veterans like John Saxon and Ronee Blakley, director Wes Craven creates moments of real dread by examining the line between nightmares and reality, as well as the "sins of the parents" theme.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
A Nightmare on Elm Street, director Wes Craven's bloody and bloodcurdling breakthrough hit, spawned a successful series of sequels and launched one of the most popular movie monsters of all time: Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). The imaginative and gripping story finds spunky teen heroine Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) in a protracted battle with Fred, the razor-fingered bogeyman who terrorizes her and her friends in their dreams. Here Krueger is not yet the quipping cartoon of the later, more comedic sequels; in his debut outing he plays a straight-up demonic figure, slaughtering his prey in elaborately gory flourishes. Encompassing both childhood fears of nightmares and adult fears of random serial killers, A Nightmare on Elm Street creates an unrelenting atmosphere of tension and suspense in which our disoriented heroes are as vulnerable to attack in their own imaginations as they are in the real world. Filled with terrifying dream sequences and a deliciously confounding plot, this perennial favorite was one of the smartest and most influential horror movies of the 1980s.
All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
Behold the horror epic that started the Krueger craze and the Elm Street franchise. This low-budget effort not only put frightmaster Wes Craven on the map, but it slashed new life into the dying horror genre. Nightmare on Elm Street is a surreal and artistic experiment in dark and bloody filmmaking, levitating above the senseless gorefests seen in Friday the 13th. Built upon a brilliant premise, Elm Street became known as a near-masterpiece of post-'70s terror that skillfully blurred the line between reality and fantasy. The character of Freddy Kreuger instantly joined the ranks of infamous modern horror villains. While Jason Vorhees and Michael Myers were steadfast and robotic, Freddy was a humorous sadist who refused to hide behind a mask. The dreamscape and surreal atmosphere that Craven creates is a key reason why A Nightmare on Elm Street remains so haunting to this day. Cinematographer Jacques Haitkin knows how to use shadow and light to his advantage, most notably in the trippy and eerie basement scenes and the moment in which a character is dragged across the ceiling. For a movie with a budget just over $1 million, Elm Street possesses a surprisingly stylish look; even the low-grade special effects manage to be effective. The film is tailor-made for those who like their gore coupled with smart and inventive ideas, a rarity in the horror genre.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
UPC:
0794043104190
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
80,798

Special Features

All new features:; Remastered picture and sound; "Never Sleep Again" - The making of a Nightmare on Elm Street; "The House That Freddy Built: The Legacy of New Line Horror"; "Night Terrors: The Origins of Wes Craven's Nightmares"; Audio commentary with Wes Craven, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon and cinematographer Jacques Haitkin; Alternate ending(s); Infinifilm interactive features:; Pop-up prompts, Nightmare fact track and video clips; Exclusive Infinifilm rom content

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Saxon Lt. Thompson
Ronee Blakley Marge Thompson
Heather Langenkamp Nancy Thompson
Amanda Wyss Tina Gray
Nick Corri Rod Lane
Johnny Depp Glen Lantz
Robert Englund Freddy Krueger
Charles Fleischer Dr. King
Joe Whipp Sgt. Parker
Lin Shaye Teacher
Ed Call Mr. Lantz
Jeff Levine Coroner
Mimi Meyer-Shaye Teacher
Joe Unger Sgt. Garcia
Mimi Craven Nurse
Jack Shea Minister
Sandy Lipton Mrs. Lantz
David Andrews Foreman
Shashawnee Hall Cop
Jason Adams Surfer #1
Don Hannah Surfer

Technical Credits
Wes Craven Director,Screenwriter
Annette Benson Casting
Charles Bernstein Score Composer
Cynthia Brannon Stunts
John Burrows Associate Producer,Production Manager
Tony Cecere Stunts
Jim Doyle Special Effects
Stanley E. Dudelson Executive Producer
Gregg Fonseca Production Designer
Jacques Haitkin Cinematographer
Anne Huntley-Ahrens Set Decoration/Design
James Larue Sound/Sound Designer
Dana Lyman Costumes/Costume Designer
David Brian Miller Makeup
Debby Porter Stunts
Sara Risher Co-producer
Rick Shaine Editor
Robert Shaye Producer
Joseph Wolf Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Nightmare on Elm Street [Special Edition]
1. Opening Titles
4. Just a Dream
6. Slumber Party
8. "There's Something Out There."
9. Bedtime
11. A Bloody Mess
22. "She Didn't Want to Sleep Alone|}|
23. "I Never Touched Her"
24. Hamlet Hijack
28. Somebody Else
29. Splash
32. Guarding Nancy
33. Feather Bed
37. Hung Up
38. That Hat Comes Back
41. Fred Krueger
43. "Mommy Killed Him."
46. Nancy's Plan
47. No Way Out
50. It's a Gusher
52. Survivalist
53. Finding Freddy
55. Fight Fire With Fire
59. "You're Shit."
63. End Credits
1. Opening Titles [:45]
2. Just a Dream [2:29]
3. Slumber Party [:22]
4. "There's Something Out There." [:15]
5. Bedtime [2:00]
6. A Bloody Mess [1:57]
7. "She Didn't Want to Sleep Alone." [:21]
8. "I Never Touched Her." [2:32]
9. Hamlet Hijack [3:21]
10. Somebody Else [:42]
11. Splash [:50]
12. Guarding Nancy [:11]
13. Feather Bed [:16]
14. Hung Up [:15]
15. The Hat Comes Back [:16]
16. Fred Krueger [:18]
17. "Mommy Killed Him." [:17]
18. Nancy's Plan [:22]
19. No Way Out [:11]
20. It's a Gusher [:10]
21. Survivalist [:28]
22. Finding Freddy [2:01]
23. Fight Fire With Fire [2:38]
24. "You're Shit." [3:57]
25. End Credits [:21]

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