A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Lists: Horror, Slasher film, Scary

Brief Synopsis: "Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger (Robert Englund), who was burned alive by angry parents many years before. Krueger has now come back in the dreams of his killers' children, claiming their lives as his revenge. Nancy and her boyfriend, Glen (Johnny Depp), must devise a plan to lure the monster out of the realm of nightmares and into the real world..."

Overall Ranking: 701 (Rank from 1984: # 9)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 70.59%
Regular 11.76%
Half-Popped 17.65%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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George Rother of MovieGuy 24/7100(full review)
Cassidy Haynes90
Darren of Movie Reviews 10190
Minnesota Man90(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik90
Thomas Pollock90
David Baruffi88
Jim Carrier88
Gruesome Hertzogg85(full review)
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread85(full review)
Dave Examines Movies84(full review)
Carly Booth84(full review)
Bryan Lienesch83 - A classic horror film. There's something about Freddy's fatalistic zingers you just can't help but to love.
Colin Flanagan74.6 - "A Nightmare on Elm Street" was certainly frightening back in 1984, but unfortunately it hasn't aged too well.
Gorgon Reviews61
Jay of Life Vs Film60(full review)

People Involved

  • Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger)
  • Heather Langenkamp (Nancy Thompson)
  • Johnny Depp (Glen Lantz)
  • Ronee Blakley (Marge Thompson)
  • John Saxon (Lt. Thompson)
  • Amanda Wyss (Tina Gray)
  • Jsu Garcia (Rod Lane)
  • Charles Fleischer (Dr. King)
  • Joseph Whipp (Sgt. Parker)
  • Lin Shaye (Teacher)
  • Joe Unger (Sgt. Garcia)
  • Mimi Craven (Nurse)
  • David Andrews (Foreman)
  • Wes Craven (Director)

  • Other Movies in the Series

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
  • Included in Achievement Trios...

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