A Nightmare on Elm Street (film)

1984 film directed 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, like he'd made them 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 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] His name is even in it, written right in here: Fred Krueger. Fred Krueger! You know who that is, Mom? You better tell me, cause now he's after me!
Marge: Nancy, trust your mother for once. You'll feel better as soon as you sleep.
Nancy: Feel better?! You call this feeling better?! Or should I grab a 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 be after you, Nancy. He's dead! Fred Krueger is dead. Dead and gone. Believe me, I know. Now go to bed. I order you, go to bed.
Nancy: You knew about him all this time, and you've been acting like he was someone I made up!
Marge: You're sick, Nancy. Imagining things. You need to sleep, (picks up bottle of gin) it's as simple as that.
Nancy: [throws bottle of gin onto floor] Screw sleep!
Marge: Nancy! It's only a nightmare!
Nancy: That's enough!

Marge: You want to know who Fred Krueger was? He was a filthy child murder who killed at least twenty kids in the neighborhood. Kids we all knew.
Nancy: Oh mom.
Marge: It drove us all crazy when we didn't know who was doing it, but it was even worse when they caught him.
Nancy: Did they put him away?
Marge Well, the lawyers got fat and the judge got famous, but someone forgot to sign a 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 go. We found him in an old abandoned boiler room where he used to take his kids.
Nancy: Go on.
Marge : We poured gasoline all over the place, then left a trail of it out the door. Then lit the whole thing up and watched it burn. But he's dead, Nancy. He can't get you because mommy killed him. I even took his knives [unwrapping the cloth, showing the glove]. So it's okay. You can sleep now.

Nancy: I know you're there, Krueger.
Freddy: You think you was gonna get away from me?
Nancy: I know you too well now, Freddy.
Freddy: And now you die.
Nancy: It's too late, Krueger. I know the secret now. This is just a dream, too. You're not alive. The whole thing is a dream. I want my mother and friends again.
Freddy: You what?
Nancy: I take back every bit of energy I ever gave you. You're nothing. You're shit.


  • Sleep Kills.
  • She is the only one who can stop it... if she fails, no one survives.
  • If Nancy Doesn't Wake Up Screaming, She Won't Wake Up At All...
  • 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 on 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