A Nightmare on Elm Street (film)

1984 film by Wes Craven

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American slasher film about a spectral child murderer who stalks, in their dreams, the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.

Written and directed by Wes Craven.
Sleep Kills. taglines


Nancy: Fingernails? That's amazing, you saying that. It made me remember the dream I had last night.
Tina: What'd you dream?
Nancy: I dreamed about this guy in a dirty red and green sweater.
Tina: But what about the fingernails?
Nancy: He scraped his fingernails along things. Actually, they were more like finger-knives or something, something he made himself. Anyway, they made this horrible sound. [imitates screeching sound]
Tina: Nancy. You dreamed about the same creep I did, Nancy.
Glen: That's impossible.

Tina: Please God...
Freddy: [revealing his knives] This... is God.

Nancy: [about Freddy] What'd he look like? You get a look at him?
Rod: No.
Nancy: Well then how can you say somebody else was there?
Rod: Because somebody cut her while I watched.
Nancy: And you didn't get a look at the guy?
Rod: I couldn't even see the fucker. You could just see the cuts happening, all at once.
Nancy: What do you mean all at once?
Rod: I mean it was as if there were four knives [looking down at his hand] cutting at the same time. But invisible ones. I probably could've saved her if I'd moved sooner. But I thought it was just another nightmare, like the one I had the night before. There was this guy who had knives for fingers.

Nancy: [about Freddy's hat, that she brought back from her dream] It even has his name written in it. Fred Krueger, mom. Fred Krueger. Do you know who that is, mother? Because if you do, you better tell me because he's after me now.
Marge: Nancy, trust your mother for once, please. You'll feel better when you get some sleep.
Nancy: Feel better? You call this feeling better? Or maybe I should grab that bottle and veg out with you. Avoid everything happening to me by just getting good and loaded.
[Marge slaps her]
Marge: Fred Krueger can't come after you, Nancy. He's dead. Believe me, I know.
Nancy: You knew about him all this time, and you've been acting like it was something I made up?
Marge: You're sick, Nancy. There's something wrong with you. You're imagining things. You'll feel better when you sleep. (picks up a bottle of gin) It's just as simple as that.
Nancy: [snatches the bottle away from her and throws it onto the floor, breaking it into pieces] SCREW SLEEP!!! [throws the hat at Marge and leaves the kitchen]
Marge: Nancy. It's just a nightmare.
Nancy: That's enough. [opens the door and leaves the house]

Marge: You want to know who Fred Krueger was? He was a filthy child murderer who killed at least 20 kids in the neighborhood. Kids we all knew.
Nancy: Oh, mom.
Marge: It drove us crazy when we didn't know who was doing it, but it was even worse after they caught him.
Nancy: Did they put him away?
Marge Well, the lawyers got fat and the judge got famous, but somebody forgot to sign the search warrant in the right place and Krueger was free, just like that.
Nancy: What did you do, mother?
Marge : A bunch of us parents tracked him down after they let him out. We found him in an old abandoned boiler room where he used to take his kids.
Nancy: Go on.
Marge : We took gasoline, we poured it all over the place, and left a trail of it out the door. Then lit the whole thing up and watched it burn. But he can't get you now. He's dead, honey, because mommy killed him. I even took his knives. [unwraps the cloth, showing the glove] So it's okay now. You can sleep.

Nancy: I know you're there, Freddy.
Freddy: You think you was gonna get away from me?
Nancy: I know you too well now, Freddy.
Freddy: Now, you die.
Nancy: It's too late, Krueger. I know the secret now. This is just a dream, too. You're not alive. This whole thing is a dream. [turns to face him] I want my mother and friends again.
Freddy: [starting to shudder] You what?!
Nancy: I take back every bit of energy I gave you. You're nothing. You're shit.
[Nancy turns and reaches for the door; Freddy tries to lunge at her, but dissolves with a cry of dismay]


  • Sleep Kills.
  • The kids of Elm Street don't know it yet... but something is coming to get them. No one knows where it came from, or who it will visit next...
  • If Nancy doesn't wake up screaming, she won't wake up at all...
  • She is the only one who can stop it. If she fails, no one will survive.
  • The first word in terror from the creator of Scream.
  • A scream that wakes you up, might be your own...
  • Whatever you do, don't fall asleep...or you'll meet the terrifying Freddy.


External linksEdit

  Encyclopedic article on A Nightmare on Elm Street at Wikipedia

A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise
  Films     A Nightmare on Elm Street  (1984) · Freddy's Revenge  (1985) · Dream Warriors  (1987) · The Dream Master  (1988) · The Dream Child  (1989) · Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare  
  (1991) · Wes Craven's New Nightmare  (1994) · Freddy vs. Jason  (2003) · A Nightmare on Elm Street  (2010)  
  Television     Freddy's Nightmares  (1988–1990)  
  Comics     Freddy Krueger's A Nightmare on Elm Street  (1989) · Nightmares on Elm Street  (1991–1992) · Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare  (1991) · A Nightmare on Elm Street: The
 (1992) · A Nightmare On Elm Street Special  (2005) · A Nightmare On Elm Street: Paranoid  (2005–2006) · Fearbook  (2006) · A Nightmare on Elm Street  (2006–2007) ·
  New Line Cinema's Tales of Horrors  (2007) · Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash  (2007–2008) · Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors  (2009)  
  Documentaries     Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy  (2010) · I Am Nancy  (2011)  
  Related     Last words in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise · Friday the 13th franchise