A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) MOVIE NEWS & REVIEW
a nightmare on elm street (1984) movie
Genre | Horror
Classification | M
Running time | 91 minutes
Released | 9 November 1984
Heather Langenkamp ... Nancy Thompson
Robert Englund ... Fred Krueger
John Saxon ... Lt. Thompson
Ronee Blakley ... Marge Thompson
Amanda Wyss ... Tina Gray
Jsu Garcia ... Rod Lane (as Nick Corri)
Johnny Depp ... Glen Lantz
Charles Fleischer ... Dr. King
Lin Shaye ... Teacher
Wes Craven ... (written by)
Patrick McMahon ... co-editor (as Pat McMahon)
box office result
Australia $ not available
North America $25,504,513
Wes Craven first came up with the basic idea for the movie from a series of articles in the "Los Angeles Times" over a three-year period, about a group of Southeast Asian refugees from the Hmong tribe, several of whom died in the throes of horrific nightmares. The group had come to the U.S. to escape the murderous reign of Pol Pot, and within a year of arriving, three men had died all in similar situations, the young, otherwise healthy man would have a nightmare, then refuse to sleep for as long as he could. When he finally fell asleep from exhaustion, he awoke screaming, then died. Autopsy results revealed that they had not died from heart failure, but had simply died. It was this inability to find a cause of death, that intrigued Craven so much. Medical authorities have since called the phenomenon Asian Death Syndrome, a variant of Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome (SUDS), and Brugada Syndrome.
The scene where Freddy's arms elongate were achieved by having men with fishing poles on each side of the alley operating a set of puppet arms attached to Robert Englund.
The very first time we see Freddy in the movie, he isn't being played by Robert Englund, but by Special Effects man Charles Belardinelli, as Belardinelli was the only one who knew exactly how to cut the glove and insert the blades.