A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984

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A hellish, razor-fingered, deformed monster enters the dreams of teenagers in a bucolic town, slaughtering them in their sleep. Then one courageous young woman stands up for them doing battle with the fiend. A true horror movie, don't go out alone...

Starring:
John Saxon,Johnny Depp
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Wes Craven
Starring John Saxon, Johnny Depp
Supporting actors Ronee Blakley, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Robert Englund, Lin Shaye
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By mxd10 on 19 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
I already own both the Region 1 and Region 2 boxsets of the NOES series. So naturally, I was a little apprehensive about getting a third copy of this film on DVD. But it's a 2 disc special edition, and one of my favourite films of all time, so why not?

It was worth it. Not only are the picture quality and sound the best they have ever been, but the bonus features are amazing. There are a whole bunch of new interesting interviews and documentaries, featuring much of the cast and crew. There are lots of wonderfully insightful alternate scenes, including some nicely polished alternate endings. These are much better than the shabby black and white alternate endings from the Region 1 boxset. There are also some cool bloopers and behind the scenes shots.

There's also a nice new commentary track, FINALLY featuring Robert Englund. However, it's not a "real" commentary track, it's a bunch of interviews spliced over the top of the film. Sadly, this doesn't allow for any rapport between the various voices, they're not always talking about what is specifically happening, and it can be rather boring at times. Luckily, the original commentary is also included, so it redeems itself there.

There are some things missing, so this is not quite the "definitive" release. The deleted scenes from the trailer that didn't make it into the film, for one. But all in all, it's a very good release, and well worth getting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
This is an extremely famous, early eighties horror movie.
Robert Englund plays Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured serial killer of children, who's startling weapon of choice is an old leather glove adorned with long knives attached to the fingers. Freddy was killed by the parents of his teenage victims, but he comes back to haunt the dreams of other children. If he kills you in your sleep, you die.
A group of teenage friends, Tina and Rod, Glen and Nancy, become Freddy's latest targets. Johnny Depp, in a very early role in his career, plays Glen, whilst Heather Langenkamp plays his girlfriend Nancy. After the death of the first child, Tina, suspicion immediately falls upon her boyfriend Rod.
John Saxon plays Nancy's father, a police lieutenant who leads the resulting hunt for the killer. As the teens figure out what's happening to them, they fight to stay awake in order to avoid meeting Freddy in their dreams...
This is a very well crafted and hugely successful horror movie. The film score is brilliant, one of the best ever for a horror flick. The teenage cast give excellent performances. Freddie Krueger is a stand out maniac, campy and creepy, vile, sadistic, and physically loathsome, he's a killer who really gets off on what he does. The first death scene is chilling, very imaginative and skilfully executed. The film isn't overburdened with special effects, but when they're used its done judiciously and effectively. Although the film isn't particularly scary, it has a healthy level of tension from start to finish, and it's very well paced.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "johnywoodgate27" on 10 Oct. 2004
Format: DVD
Nightmare on Elm Street - a true horror movie. Not only is this film a masterpiece but it introduces the infamous horror icon Freddy Kreuger. Freddy is a vile, disgusting, horrible, nasty, piece of work, which Craven has simply hit the nail on the head with. Freddy is a child murderer who was killed by the parents of Elm street but has came back to terrorise the children in the form of their dreams - or in this case, nightmares. The film scares the audience but leaves them wanting more, something which horror movies to date fail to achieve. Scences such as the tounge phone call and the bottomless bathtub have chilled audiences world wide. And the film has also probably one of the most best death scenes in horror to date. I'll let you find out that yourself. However, when it gets to something like Nightmare on Elm Street 37 the film becomes a pardoy of itself. And when you have got Freddy Kreuger rapping with three enormously obese black guys it becomes slightly less effective. However, Craven only directed the first and the last so he gets clear recognition for this work of horror art that has been terrorising our minds for years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Winchester on 18 Feb. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Nightmare on Elm Street was indeed for most people what started it all. I grew up hearing about it, fearing the name Fred Krueger and those razor-fingers. But I had never watched it. So, up till that time I had watched my far share of horror films and thus had a lot to compare with > not to mentioned new stuff that should easily surpass it. But, I admit, i was kept holding on right through this film. Fred Krueger is a monster who comes to kill you in your dreams. Going after all the children who's parents were the cause for Freddy's death, one by one he picks them off as revenge. It is a killer film, & I Give it top score based on how old the film actually is and still packs a kick.
The Blu-Ray transfer is fantastic, no broaden footage or trailing imagery. Quality is superb. The sound, however, as smooth as it is, sometimes sounds a bit muffled. The Sound is the only standard inconsistancy that reminds you that the movie is in fact old. One minute you need to up the volume to hear what the character's are saying and then it is way too loud when the action starts and Fred's on the prowl.

Either way, see for yourself. The transfer makes it worth it.

This song will become all too familiar to you:
'One, two, Freddy's coming for you.
Three, four, better lock your door.
Five, six, grab your crucifix.
Seven, eight, gotta stay up late.
Nine, ten, never sleep again.'
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