A hellish, razor-fingered monster enters the dreams of the teenage residents of a bucolic town and systematically slaughters them in their sleep--until one courageous young woman does battle with the predatory fiend. An excellent, surprisingly surrealistic genre entry from the master, Wes Craven.
Wes Craven - Horror Writer/Director
Wesley Earl Craven - Horror Writer/Director
Charles Bernstein - Composer, primarily TV movies and horror films
Ronee Blakley - American Singer/Actress
John Saxon - Star, BEYOND EVIL (1980)
Carmen Orrico - Star, BEYOND EVIL (1980)
Heather Langenkamp - American Actress
Robert Englund - Filmdom's "Freddy Kruger"
David B. Miller - Special Effects Makeup, began in '80s, mostly horror films
Johnny Depp - American Actor - SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STR
Jacques Haitkin - Director of Photography
Amanda Wyss - American Actress
Jsu Garcia - Actor, THE LOST CITY (2006)
Joseph Whipp - Actor
Lin Shaye - Actress/ Wife of Robert Shaye
Jack Shea - Actor
Mimi Craven - Actress
Ed Call - Actor
- Format: Blu-Ray
- Run Time: 95
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 794043138911
- Genre: Horror
- Rating: R (MPAA)
- Release Date: March 2016
A replusive, decaying figure with razor-sharp appendages (and an even sharper sense of humor!) suddenly appears in the dreams of four Los Angeles teenagers. It is the ghost of Freddy Krueger, a suspected child murderer killed long ago by the neighborhood parents. Now he's able to exact his bloody vengeance by killing the teens off, one by one, as they sleep. Finally just one girl remains. Desperately, she tries to stay awake by every means possible, but even pills and massive amounts of coffee wear off sometime -- and when they do, she'll have to battle Freddy for her very life. It's her worst nightmare ... and it's coming true.
Both Elite Laserdiscs (EE3734 & EE3733) are limited to editions of 5,000 units. Color by DeLuxe. Budget estimate $1.8 million. Released in USA October 31, 1984. The film's original running time was listed at 150 minutes, it is now listed at 91 minutes. Feature film debut for actor Johnny Depp. Although he directed only the first film, director/writer Wes Craven's "Nightmare on Elm Street" continued to fascinate horror movie buffs. Subsequently, four more films were made, all of them featuring Robert Englund as the infamous Freddy Krueger. The movie also led to a television series called "Freddy's Nightmares." Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Censors.
"...A highly imaginative horror film that provides the requisite shocks to keep fans of the genre happy....Wes Craven tantalizingly merges dreams with the ensuing wakeup reality..." - 11/07/1984 Variety
"Freddy became a mythic figure." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.62
5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is one of the few truly nightmarish horror movies ever made." - 10/01/2006 Ultimate DVD, p.108
"[S]ome of the effects remain nicely repulsive; Freddy himself comes across as a genuinely nasty piece of work..." -- Grade: B- - 10/27/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.58
4 stars out of 5 -- "Craven knows which big, red Freudian buttons to push, turning Freddy into a true monster from the Id." - 11/01/2010 Total Film