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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Country of Origin: USA
Year of Production: 1984
Running Times: 85m (Germany)/91m (USA)
Length: 8212 ft
Format:
Colour Format: colour
Ratio:
Sound: mono


DIRECTION

Directed by: Wes Craven


CREW

PRODUCTION
Copyright: © MVMLXXXIV The Elm Street Venture
Production Companies: New Line Cinema, Media Home Entertainment, Inc. & Smart Egg Pictures present  a Robert Shaye production  a Wes Craven film
Executive Producers: Stanley Dudelson and Joseph Wolf
Produced by: Robert Shaye
Co-Producer: Sara Risher
Associate Producer: John Burrows
Production Manager: John Burrows
Assistant Production Manager: Rachel Talalay
Production Supervisor: Amy Rabins
Production Co-Ordinator: Lisa C. Cook
Production Executive: Stephen Abramson

SCRIPT
Written by: Wes Craven

DIRECTION
Director of Chase Scene: Sean S. Cunningham (uncredited)
First Assistant Director: Nicholas Batchelor
Second Assistant Director: Peter C. Graupner
Script Supervisor: Kathy Weygand

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Jacques Haitkin
Second Unit Camera: Henning Schellerup
First Assistant Camera: Anne Coffey
Second Assistant Camera: Tom Vanghele
Gaffer: Scott Buttfield
Second Unit Gaffer: Steve Crawford
Electricians: Zen Electric
Electrician: Toni Semple
Best Boy Electrical: Rowdy Herrington
Grip Production Services: Key Grip Associates
Best Boy Grip: Joseph Adolph
Second Unit Key Grip: Cindy Lagerstom
Grips: Warren Kroeger, Nelson Elwell
Still Photographer: Joyce Rudolph
Grip and Electrical Equipment by: Leonetti Cine Rentals

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Film Editor: Rick Shaine
Co-Editor: Patrick McMahon
Assistant Editor: Valerie Schwartz
Apprentice Editors: Alison Paul, James Flatto
Editorial Assistant, L.A.: Kevin Krasny
Color by: DeLuxe
Prints by: Precision

MUSIC
Music by: Charles Bernstein

SONGS AND ADDITIONAL MUSIC
"Nightmare"
Performed by 213
Written and produced by Martin Kent, Steve Karshner, Michael Schurig

SOUND
Sound Mixer: James LaRue
Boom Operator: Greg Nave
Re-Recording Mixer: Jack Cooley
Re-Recording at: Magno Sound
Supervising Sound Editor: Jess Soraci - Magnofex
Sound Editor: Albert Nahmias
Assistant Sound Editor: Abe Nejad
Looping Editor: Karen I. Stern
Looping - ADR: Gomillion Sound, Inc.
Production Sound: Glen Glenn Sound

COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
Costume Designer: Dana Lyman
Costume Supervisor: Lisa Jensen
Costumer: Terence McCorry
Make-up: Kathy Logan
Hairstylist: RaMona (real name: Ramona Fleetwood)

SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
Special Make-up Effects: David Miller
Make-Up Effects Assistant: Mark Wilson

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Mechanical Special Effects Designed by: Jim Doyle, Theatrical Engines
Special Effects Assistants: Lou Carlucci, Larry Lapointe, Charles Belardinelli, Tassilo Baur, Peter Kelly, Christina Rideout, James Upham, Jim Rynning

TITLES AND OPTICALS
Opticals by: Cinema Research, Cinopitical and the Optical House, N.Y.
Title Designed by: Dan Perri

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Production Designer: Gregg Fonseca
Set Decorator: Anne Huntley
Set Dresser: Dorree Cooper
Prop Master: John Stadelman
Assistant Props: Kara Lindstrom, Timaree McCormick
Storyboard Artist: Bill Kroyer
Art Department Assistants: Barbara Metzenbaum, Don Diers
Construction Co-Ordinator: John Reinhart
Swing Gang: Gavin McCune, Michael E. Listorti
Set Carpenter: Mix

OTHER CREW
Assistant Accountant: Sheridan Liu
Legal Consultant: Benjamin Zinkin
Set Production Assistant: David Householter
Production Assistants: Steve McAfee, Steve Cassling, Steve Harris, Wally Uchida
Assistant to Producers: Anita Luccioni
Transportation Co-Ordinator: Chuck Clarke
Transportation Captain: Brian Delahanty
Craft Service: Lillian Fuentes
Animal Wrangler: Jim Piccioli
Animals Provided by: The Animal Consultants

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Special Thanks to: Sean Cunningham, Sam Raimi, Jack Sholder

LOCATIONS
Locations: North Hollywood, California, USA
Location Manager: Craig Pointes

STUNTS
Stunt Co-Ordinator: Tony Cecere
Stunt Persons: Jeff Habberstad, Leslie Hoffman, Paul Shaver, Kerrie Cullen, Maggie Koehnen, Bruce Carson, Sandy Wilson, Cynthia Brannon, Cindy Wills, Jim Stearns, Don Pike, Tanya Lee Russell, Larry Phillips, Tony Cecere,
Christina Johnson, Christina Rideout

CASTING
Casting by: Annette Benson
Casting Assistant: Lauren Roman


CAST


starring
John Saxon (Lt [Donald] Thompson)
Ronee Blakley (Marge Thompson)
Heather Langenkamp (Nancy Thompson)
Amanda Wyss (Tina Gray)
Nick Corri (Rod Lane)

introducing
Johnny Depp (Glen Lantz)

with
Charles Fleischer (Dr King)
Joseph Whipp (Sgt Parker)
Lin Shaye (teacher)

and
Robert Englund as Fred Krueger

Joe Unger (Sgt Garcia)
Mimi Meyer-Craven (nurse)
Jack Shea (minister)
Ed Call (Mr Lantz)
Sandy Lipton (Mrs Lantz)
David Andrews (foreman)
Jeff 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 (hallguard)
Paul Grenier (Tina's mom's boyfriend)


PLOT SUMMARY

The teenaged children of Elm Street start to die, one-by-one, apparently killed off by something in their dreams. Nancy Thompson determines to find out what it is before she too falls victim and comes to believe that the killer is paedophilic serial-killer Freddy Kreuger - but he was burnt to death by vengeful parents many years before.


AVAILABILITY

Australia
Theatrical Distributors: Seven Keys

UK
Theatrical Distributors: Palace Pictures

USA
Theatrical Distributor: New Line Cinema
Video Distributors: New Line Home Video; Anchor Bay Entertainment; Video Treasures; Asso Film; Media Home Entertainment
Laserdisc Distributor: Elite (SV10004); Elite (EE3734); Image Entertainment Inc
DVD Distributor: New Line Home Video (N4664)


CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Australia
Rating: R

Finland
Rating: K-18

France
Rating: -12

Germany
Rating: 18

Norway
Rating: 18

Sweden
Rating: 15

UK
Rating: 18

USA
Rating: R


AWARDS

1985
Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival

Critics Award (Wes Craven) - winner


TIMELINE

1984
November

16: USA - theatrical release

1985
March

6: France - theatrical release
15: Sweden - theatrical release

1986
June

27: Finland - theatrical release

1996
January

30: USA - laserdisc release (Elite (EE3734))

April
2: USA - laserdisc release (Elite (SV10004))

1999
September

7: USA - DVD release (New Line Home Video (N4664))


POSTER TAGS

If Nancy doesn't wake up screaming she won't wake up at all.

She is the only one who cant stop it... if she fails, no one survives.

Sleep Kills (UK poster)


ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Griffes de la nuit, Les - French title
Hora do Pesadelo, A - Brazilian title
Koszmar ulicy wiazowej - Polish title
Nightmare dal profondo della notte - Italian title
Nightmare - Mörderische Träume - West German title
Painajainen Elm Streetillä - Finnish title
Pesadilla - Argentinean title
Pesadilla en Elm Street - Spanish title
Pesadilla en la calle del infierno - Venezuelan title
Rémálom az Elm utcában - Hungarian title
Terror på Elm Street - Swedish title


LINKS

SEQUELS
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
Freddy's Nightmares (1988)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
Freddy vs Jason (2003)

SEE ALSO
Army of Darkness (1993)
Brainscan (1994)
Bride of Chucky (1998)
Cut (2000)
Deadly Blessing (1981)
Discworld II: Mortality Bytes (1996)
Dragnet (1987)
The Evil Dead (1982)
Evil Dead 2 (1987)
Final Destination (2000)
Hobgoblins (1987)
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Last Action Hero (1993)
Mikey (1992)
Morkerad (1998)
Never Rewind the Buzzcocks (1999)
The Nutty Professor (1996)
Poltergeist (1982)
Scary Movie (2000)
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Scream (1996)
Scream 2 (1997)
Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000)
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)
Urban Legend (1998)
A Wish for Wings That Work (1991)

INCLUDES FOOTAGE FROM
The Evil Dead (1982)

FOOTAGE INCLUDED IN
100 Years of Horror (1996)
Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors (1986)
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992)


REFERENCES

PERIODICALS

Alternative Cinema no.8 p.55 (USA)
review

Cinefantastique vol.18 no.5 (July 1988) p.11 (USA)
illustrated article (New Line Cinema on working with Wes Craven by Frederick S. Clarke)

Cinefantastique vol.15 no.2 p.52 (USA)
review

Cinefex no.58 (June 1994) pp.103-104 (USA)
illustrated article (Kevin Yagher by Marc Derro)

Cinema Papers no.53 (September 1985) pp.64-65 (Australia)
illustrated credits, review (by Tom Ryan)

City Limits no.204 (30 August 1985) p.14 (UK)
interview with Wes Craven (Nancy wins through by Kim Newman)

The Dark Side no.82 p.26 (UK)
review

Empire November 1998 p.138 (UK)
credits, review

Entertainment Weekly no.495 (23 July 1999) pp.25-30 (USA)
illustrated article (25 scariest movies of all time)

Fangoria no.154 p.30 (USA)
review

Fangoria no.190 (March 2000) p,74 (USA)
illustrated DVD review

Fangoria no.234 p.30 (USA)
illustrated article (Fango's Top 25: 1984 by Doug Bradley)

Fear no.5 p.30 (UK)
article

Journal of Popular Film & Television vol.29 no.2 (Summer 2001) pp.63-73 (USA)
illustrated article (Final Girls and terrible youths: transgression in 1980s slasher horror by Sarah Trenconsky)

The Listener vol.114 no.2925 (5 September 1985) p.33 (UK)
review (by Clancy Sigal)

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.52 no.620 (September 1985) pp.283-284 (UK)
credits, synopsis, review

Photoplay vol.36 no.10 (October 1985) pp.56-57 (UK)
illustrated article (Hollywood Nightmares by Neil Norman)

Quarterly Review of Film and Video pp.211-220 (USA)
illustrated article (Female paranoia as survival skill: reason or pathology in Nightmare on Elm Street by Jonathan Markovitz)

Samhain no.4 p.20 (UK)
review

Samhain no.70 p.39 (UK)
review

Scarlet Street no.30 p.20 (USA)
review

Shivers no.76 p.22 (UK)
article

Video World May 1986 p.18 (UK)
review

Video Watchdog 34 pp.6-7 (USA)
review

Video Watchdog no.36 p.50 (USA)
review

BOOKS

Hoffman's Guide to Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991 - 1992 p.264
credits, review

SCREEN

screen
credits


KEYWORDS

dreams, nightmares, schools, serial killers, stalk and slash, teenagers, telephones, revenge, vigilantes

 


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