Note: Ready freddy focus points - see alternate takes and learn filmmaking secrets behind the nightmare by jumping to video highlights while watching the movie
2 Commentaries: 1) director Wes Craven, co-stars Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon and cinematographer Jacques Haitkin, 2) Wes Craven, co-stars Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp and Ronee Blakley, producer Robert Shaye and co-producers Sara Risher
3 featurettes: the house that freddy built: the legacy of new line horror
Never sleep again: the making of A Nightmare on Elm Street
Night Terror: the origins of Wes Craven's Nightmares
Variety - 11/07/1984
"...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..."
Premiere - 04/01/2004
"Freddy became a mythic figure."
Ultimate DVD - 10/01/2006 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is one of the few truly nightmarish horror movies ever made."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/27/2006
"[S]ome of the effects remain nicely repulsive; Freddy himself comes across as a genuinely nasty piece of work..." -- Grade: B-
Total Film - 11/01/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "Craven knows which big, red Freudian buttons to push, turning Freddy into a true monster from the Id."
Description by OLDIES.com:
READY FREDDY FOCUS POINTS - See alternate takes and learn filmmaking secrets behind the Nightmare by jumping to video highlights while watching the movie
Director Wes Craven, co-stars Heather Langenkamp & John Saxon, and Cinematographer Jacques Haitkin
Wes Craven, Co-stars Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp & Ronee Blakley, Producer Robert Shaye and Co-Producer Sara Risher
The House That Freddy Built: The Legacy of New Line Horror
Never Sleep Again: The Making of A Nightmare on Elm Street
Night Terrors: The Origins of Wes Craven's Nightmares
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.
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.