A Nightmare on Elm Street Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Storyline & Wiki

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher film written and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Robert Shaye. A Nightmare on Elm Street was made on a budget of $1.1 million, according to Craven. On November 9, 1984, the picture was released and made $57 million worldwide.

A Nightmare on Elm Street received overwhelmingly positive reviews and is widely regarded as one of the best horror films ever made, generating six sequels, a television series, a Friday the 13th crossover, and a slew of additional goods. A remake of the same name was released in 2010, and it was one of the first films produced by New Line Cinema, which, along with Stunts, Polyester, and Alone in the Dark, led the firm to become a successful film studio up until 2008.

A Nightmare on Elm Street Cast 

  • Heather Langenkamp as Nancy Thompson
  • John Saxon as Lt. Donald “Don” Thompson
  • Robert Englund as Fred “Freddy” Krueger
  • Johnny Depp as Glen Lantz
  • Ronee Blakley as Marge Thompson
  • Amanda Wyss as Christina “Tina” Gray
  • Nick Corri as Rod Lane
  • Leslie Hoffman as Hall Guard
  • Joseph Whipp as Sgt. Parker
  • Charles Fleischer as Dr. King
  • Lin Shaye as Teacher
  • Mimi Craven as Nurse
  • Jack Shea as Minister
  • Ed Call as Mr. Lantz
  • Sandy Lipton as Mrs. Lantz
  • David Andrews as Foreman
  • Jeff Levine as Coroner
  • Donna Woodrum as Mrs. Gray
  • Paul Grenier as Mrs. Gray’s boyfriend
  • Ash Adams and Don Hannah as Surfers
  • Kathi Gibbs, John Richard Peterson, Chris Tashima and Antonia Yannouli as Kids (uncredited)

A Nightmare on Elm Street Plot

In March of that year[citation needed], Tina Gray awakens from a nightmare in which she is attacked in a boiler chamber by a disfigured man wearing a blade-fixed glove. Four suspicious rips on her nightgown are pointed out by her mother. Tina’s best friend Nancy Thompson and Nancy’s boyfriend, Glen Lantz, console her the next morning. When Tina’s mother goes out of town, the two remain at Tina’s house, but Tina’s boyfriend, Rod Lane, interrupts their overnight. Tina gets nightmares about the disfigured man stalking her as she falls asleep. Rod is startled to witness Tina being pulled and fatally sliced by an unknown force, prompting him to flee as Nancy and Glen awaken to discover Tina bloodied and dead.

Despite his protests of innocence, Nancy’s father, Don Thompson, arrests him the next day. Nancy falls asleep in class and has a nightmare about the man chasing her down to the boiler room, where she is cornered. She then burns her arm on a pipe on purpose. In class, the burn jolts her awake, and she finds a burn mark on her arm. Nancy goes to the police station to see Rod, who tells her about Tina’s murder and his own recent dreams, leading her to suspect that the man killed Tina.

Nancy falls asleep in the bathtub at home and nearly drowns. Nancy then relies on caffeine to keep awake, and she asks Glen to keep an eye on her while she sleeps. Nancy sees the man preparing to kill Rod in his cell in her dream, but then he turns his attention to her. Nancy flees and is startled awake when her alarm clock goes off. Rod is murdered by a man who wraps bed sheets around his neck and hangs himself. Nancy’s parents are concerned when she recalls her dreams at Rod’s funeral. Nancy’s mother, Marge, takes her to a sleep disorders clinic, where she grabs the man’s fedora (which has the name “Fred Krueger” scrawled on it) and drags it into reality.

Marge reveals after barricading the house that Krueger was a psychotic child murderer who was released on a technicality and subsequently burned alive by vigilante parents on their block. Nancy discovers that Krueger, now a vengeful spirit, is murdering her and her friends as a form of retaliation and to feed his sadistic desires.

Nancy attempts to contact Glen to warn him, but his father forbids her from doing so. Glen nods off and is assassinated by Krueger. Nancy, now alone, puts Marge to sleep and invites Don, who is investigating Glen’s death across the street, to break into the house in 20 minutes. Nancy sets up booby traps all throughout the house in the hopes of luring Krueger out of his slumber.

Krueger has escaped from the basement when the cops arrive. Nancy and Don hurry upstairs to discover Marge suffocated by a burning Krueger in her bedroom. Krueger and Marge vanish inside the bed when Don extinguishes the fire. Krueger emerges from the bed behind Nancy as Don exits the room. She gently turns her back on Krueger, seeing that he is propelled by his victim’s dread. When Krueger tries to lunge towards her, he vanishes.

Nancy emerges from the house into a beautiful, foggy morning, where all of her friends and mother are still alive. Nancy climbs into Glen’s convertible to drive to school, but the top suddenly pulls down, trapping them inside as the car speeds down the street.

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