A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Directed by Wes Craven
John Saxon …. Lt. Thompson
Ronee Blakley …. Marge Thompson
Heather Langenkamp …. Nancy Thompson
Amanda Wyss …. Tina Gray
Jsu Garcia …. Rod Lane (as Nick Corri)
Johnny Depp …. Glen Lantz
Charles Fleischer …. Dr. King
Joseph Whipp …. Sgt. Parker
Robert Englund …. Freddy Krueger
This classic of the modern horror movie was directed by Wes Craven in 1984. It injected life to the teen-slasher genre that had been vibrant for the first years of the 80’s, but which was already growing tired. Nightmare on Elm Street captivated audiences with its thrillingly directed action sequences, surreal, supernatural dream sequences and especially with the introduction of the character of Freddy Krueger. Mean, nasty, but always so devilishly enjoyable and funny, Freddy Krueger gave nightmares to children and teenagers all over the world.
A Nightmare on Elm Street was, and still is a complete horror movie; Good production values, memorable characters, well directed death scenes and an intriguing storyline. Robert Englund completely dominates this movie (and especially all the sequels) with his performance as the deranged child killer Freddy. This was surely the role of a lifetime for him; at the time this is being written (April 2006) he is filming a new TV-Series where he again plays Freddy Krueger. In total he has appeared in 8 movies and 2 TV-Series’ as Freddy.
The original Nightmare on Elm Street also features John Saxon in the role of Lieutenant Thompson (Nancy’s father). Prolific genre regular Saxon is familiar from movies such as Enter the Dragon, Tenebrae and From Dusk Till Dawn. What some people may forget (except Depptologists that is) is that the movie also features the first ever feature film performance by the young Johnny Depp. Depp plays a teenager named Glen Lantz whose exit from the movie is one of the most memorable scenes of the whole Elm Street series.
Years later, Depp also had a small cameo in the sixth Krueger movie; Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.
If you are interested in A Nightmare on Elm Street and its sequels, we recommend you to get the The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection , which includes the first 7 movies in the same box.