I was so hyped when this came out and still love the black-humoured villain Freddy Krueger played by Robert Englund. OK, after number 4 they went out of control and I haven’t seen any of the rest except the re-make which is worth watching.
Trivia about Nightmare on Elm Street:
|Director Wes Craven claims to have named Freddy Krueger after a kid who bullied him in school and to have based his appearance on a disfigured hobo who scared him as a youth.
When Freddy Krueger is chasing Nancy and she runs up the stairs only to find that its all gross "muck", what she steps in is pancake mix.
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The movie Nancy watches to stay awake is Evil Dead.
Director Wes Craven’s original concept for Freddy Krueger was considerably more gruesome, with teeth showing through the flesh over the jaw, puss running from the sores, and a part of the skull showing through the head. Make-up artist ‘Miller, David B.’ argued that an actor couldn’t be convincingly made up that way and a puppet would be hard to film and wouldn’t blend well with live actors, so these ideas were eventually abandoned.
In the scene where Nancy is sleeping at Tina’s house and Freddy comes through the wall over the bed, Jason’s hockey mask (from the Friday the 13th films) can be seen. Incidentally, Freddy is being played at this point by special effects man Jim Doyle wearing Freddy’s stunt mask.
Johnny Depp accompanied friend Jackie Earle Haley to the auditions, where he was spotted by director Wes Craven, who asked him if he’d like to read for the part.
With one exception (Freddy walking through jail-cell bars), all of the F/X in Nightmare were done using physical F/X rather than trick photography.
In the end scene, the top to the convertible came down faster and harder than expected. The expression from the actors is real.
When Nancy’s dreams are "examined", when her hair turns white, the nurse is played by Wes Craven’s wife, Mimi.
Over 500 gallons of fake blood was used during the making of the film.
The only times you see or hear the words "Elm Street" are during the opening and closing credits.
When Freddy is chasing Tina, Freddy’s long arms were marrionetted.
Wes Craven claimed to have drawn inspiration for this movie from a series of news stories that involved a group of young Samoans who died from a horrific nightmare. The story goes first these young, healthy people would have a nightmare refuse to sleep for as long as they could, then when they finally fell asleep from sheer exhaustion they awoke with a scream, and died from a heart failure.
This movie was almost never made. About halfway through filming, New Line lost its deal with the distribution company. As a direct result, they couldn’t pay the cast or crew for two whole weeks until they found another distribution company. They didn’t lose one crew member.
Freddy Kruger was designed by Wes Craven to be the typical "silent" serial killer such as Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers. But in the sequels Freddy developed a cheeky persona that enabled him to be the black humored villain.
New Line Cinema was saved from bankruptcy by the success of the film, and was jokingly nicknamed "the house that Freddy built".
Wes Craven wrote the script and presented it in 1981, but no one wanted it. He said that "It just flew around" until New Line Cinema picked it up.
This was the first real movie by New Line Cinema. Before that, they were just a distribution company for college campuses.
Love the old fashioned posters
Had to nag my brother for a long time before he allowed me to watch Escape from New York, he was afraid that I would be too scared and get nightmare and of course tell on mom and dad that he showed me this movie in that case.
No nightmares but do remember being so amazed by Kurt Russells quick-witted hero and so wanted to be like Plisken when I grew up but instead am a normal travel agent worker, not exactly the same but have kept my inner Plisken around 🙂
This film is listed among The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson’s book THE OFFICIAL RAZZIE® MOVIE GUIDE