A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • R
  • 1h 31m
  • 1984
Certified Fresh94%
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Can your nightmares be fatal? In this classic of the horror film genre that launched a movie franchise, a hideously scarred pedophile who was murdered by a lynch mob returns years later in the terrifying nightmares of his killers' teenaged children ... And the dreaming teenagers are starting to die in their sleep.
© 1984 New Line Productions, Inc. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and all related characters and elements are trademarks.

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Certified Fresh94%
Critics Consensus: Wes Craven's intelligent premise, combined with the horrifying visual appearance of Freddy Krueger, still causes nightmares to this day.
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First feature for knife-handed horror idol Freddy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Nightmare on Elm Street is a slasher flick with a lot of over-the-top gore and violence, with the qualifier that it's often "nightmare," surreal violence. Nightmare visions include a face being torn off to reveal a staring skull, a geyser of blood pouring out of a victim's bed and pooling in defiance of gravity on the ceiling, and so forth. It's dream-like, but fatalities still result. The young people at the center of the film, though very highly evolved for horror-movie teens circa 1984, are still sexually active and at odds with their parents.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror
  • Release Date:January 1, 1984
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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