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Directed by:  Wes Craven

VHS Information
New Line
Back of Box:
From modern horror master Wes Craven (Scream, Scream 2) comes a timeless shocker that remains the standard bearer of terror.
Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is having grisly nightmares.  Something monstrous wants to kill her.  Meanwhile, her high-school friends, who are having the very same dream, are being slaughtered in their sleep by the hideous fiend of their shared nightmare.  When the police ignore her explanation, she herself must confront the killer in his shadowy realm.
Featuring John Saxon (Enter the Dragon) and Johnny Depp in his first starring role as well as mind-bending special effects, this horror classic gave birth to one of the most infamous undead villains in cinematic history.  Reportedly naming Freddy Krueger after a kid who had bullied him in school, writer-director Craven hatches a shock-fest from hell that "goes straight to the heart of terror" (Seattle Times).
Special Features:
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street (After Film)

Coming Attractions:

  • Complete Series Box Set DVD/VHS. (Before Film)
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street re-released on DVD. (Before Film)
  • The complete series individually re-released on VHS. (Before Film)


  • Interview with Director Wes Craven (After Film) 

Rated:  R

Run Time:  92 Minutes 

Cast List
John Saxon...Lt. Thompson
Ronee Blakley...Marge Thompson
Heather Langenkamp...Nancy Thompson
Amanda Wyss...Tina Gray
Nick Corri...Rod Lane
Johnny Depp...Glen Lantz
Charles Fleischer...Dr. King
Joseph Whipp...Sgt. Parker
Robert Englund...Freddy Krueger
Lin Shaye...Teacher
Joe Unger...Sgt. Garcia
Mimi Meyer-Craven...Nurse
Jack Shea...Minister
Ed Call...Mr. Lantz
Sandy Lipton...Mrs. Lantz
David Andrews...Foreman
Jeffrey Levine...Coroner
Donna Woodrum...Tina's Mom
Shashawnee Hall...Cop #1
Carol Pritikin...Cop #2
Brian Reise...Cop #3
Jason Adams...Surfer #1
Don Hannah...Surfer #2
Leslie Hoffman...Hall Monitor
Paul Grenier...Tina's Mom's Boyfriend
John Richard Petersen...John, Kid In Classroom (Uncredited)
Antonia Yannouli...Girl In Nancy's English Class (Uncredited)
  • Filming Location(s)1428 N. Genesee Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, Lincoln Heights Jail: Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, California, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, Venice Beach: Venice, Los Angeles, California.
  • Alternate Tagline(s)She's the only one who can stop it...if she fails, no one survives, The first word in terror from the creator of Scream, Sleep kills, A scream that wakes you up, might be your own..., Whatever you do, don't fall asleep...or you'll meet the terrifying Freddy.
  • There is supposedly a falling dream sequence involving Nancy, but the special effects were never completed for the final cut.
  • Glen's death scene is cut.  After the blood waterfall Glen's blood-soaked body is supposed to rise out of the bed and fall limp.
  • The scene where Nancy's mother shows her Freddy's glove is supposedly longer.  Apparently after she reveals the claw, she also reveals that Nancy isn't an only child...and neither is every other kid on the block.  Their siblings were all killed by Freddy.
  • Originally, Bob Shaye had Wes end the film with the kids getting onto a bus and the driver turning into Freddy.
  • This was New Line Cinema's first real film.  Before this they were just a distribution company for college campuses.
  • New Line Cinema is sometimes jokingly referred to as "The House that Freddy Built."
  • Over 500 gallons of fake blood were used during the making of this film.


  • Mattress visible when Freddy falls over the banister after getting hit with the sledgehammer.
  • Crash mat visible when Nancy jumps out of the boiler room and into her front lawn in the final dream.
  • When the sheet wraps itself around Rod's neck, you can see the wire pulling it.
  • Freddy wears his glove on his right hand.  However, when Freddy jumps out from behind a tree, before he cuts his fingers off, the glove is on his left hand.
  • Fire suite visible when Freddy is on fire.
  • Stunt dummy visible when Nancy's mom is pulled through the window at the end of the film.

Personal History

  • My favorite film of all time!
  • Bought from the local Glens Market for $5.95.

Don't Move, Don't Breathe, and Whatever You Do...DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU!