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A Nightmare on Elm Street

9th November 1984
1h 31m
Wes Craven
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The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

If you started watching this film now, it would finish at approximately 12:47pm.


Heather Langenkamp Heather Langenkamp Nancy Thompson
Approx Filming Age ≈ 19
Robert Englund Robert Englund Freddy Krueger
Approx Filming Age ≈ 36
Johnny Depp Johnny Depp
Approx Filming Age ≈ 20
John Saxon John Saxon
Approx Filming Age ≈ 48
Ronee Blakley Ronee Blakley
Approx Filming Age ≈ 38
Amanda Wyss Amanda Wyss
Approx Filming Age ≈ 23
Jsu Garcia Jsu Garcia
Approx Filming Age ≈ 20
Joseph Whipp Joseph Whipp
Approx Filming Age ≈ 42
David Andrews David Andrews
Approx Filming Age ≈ 31
Lin Shaye Lin Shaye
Approx Filming Age ≈ 40
Jack Shea
Approx Filming Age ≈ 55
Ash Adams
Approx Filming Age ≈ 20
Ed Call Ed Call
Approx Filming Age ≈ 34
Shashawnee Hall Shashawnee Hall
Approx Filming Age ≈ 22
Mimi Craven Mimi Craven
Approx Filming Age ≈ 26
Charles Fleischer Charles Fleischer
Approx Filming Age ≈ 33
Joe Unger Joe Unger
Approx Filming Age ≈ 34

Most Often Described As

40% Scary
20% Original
20% Tense
20% Trendsetting
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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) poster
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) poster
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Alcohol Use
Graphic Violence
Sexual Content


The success of the film saved New Line Cinema from bankruptcy, which led to the studio being nicknamed "The House that Freddy Built".

Cast Age

Estimated Ages At Time of Filming

4% 13-19
24% 20-29
24% 30-39
12% 40-49
4% 50-59
32% Unknown

Cast Genders

Who Is Most Represented

32% Female
64% Male
4% Unknown

Good/Bad Characters

More Heroes of Villains?

100% Unknown

Character Types

What Characters Feature

100% Unknown