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A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 movie with a runtime of 91
Director Wes Craven,
Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter, Nancy Thompson, traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger, who was burned alive by angry parents many years before. Krueger has now come back in the dreams of his killers' children, claiming their lives as his revenge. Nancy and her boyfriend, Glen, must devise a plan to lure the monster out of the realm of nightmares and into the real world... Currently you are able to watch "A Nightmare on Elm Street
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Parent guide
- BBFC Reason
Contains strong sadistic horror and bloody violence
The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.
- BBFC Ratings info
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is Wes Craven's horror slasher from 1985, featuring the first appearance of Freddy Krueger.
In one scene, Krueger attacks a young woman in her dreams, cutting her stomach open before she is thrown around her room covered in blood. In another scene a young man is sucked into a hole in his bed, a huge fountain of blood spraying up as he is ejected out of it.
The film also contains four uses of strong language ('f**k').
- Sex & Nudity
- Sex & Nudity Reason
Some non-graphic dialogue referring to sex ("up yours", etc.)
Easily the least sexual of the many iconic slashers of the eighties. Sexual content is limited to some innuendo between teen characters.
Freddy makes a suggestive gesture with his tongue towards a woman.
A couple overhears another couple have sex. Sexual noises are heard. Couple is shown in bed after having sex, no nudity.
When walking to school, Rod (the guy that looks like a greaser) says that he had a hardon for Tina last night. Tina (the blonde) makes a small dick joke, referring to it as a joint.
It's implied that a couple has sex offscreen, in a brief scene with no nudity. This is the only scene in the film that involves sex or nudity.
A woman gets out of bed; some cleavage may be seen, though it's not focused on.
A woman takes off her nightgown when getting into bed; you very briefly see her upper half from behind.
During the bathtub scene, as Nancy is dragged under the water, her bare breasts are seen and a nipple is visible.
In the now iconic scene, Fred Krueger's gloved hand comes up from the water when Nancy's in the bathtub. No sexual content or graphic nudity, but some cleavage is visible under the bubbles.
- Violence & Gore
- Violence & Gore Reason
Freddy's skull is shown in one scene (torn flesh surrounds it, but due to the special effects of the time period, it's rather unrealistic and not too graphic).
A daughter disdainfully criticizes her mother; the mother slaps the daughter.
Freddy Krueger slashes at his chest briefly with his knife glove, and green slime comes out. Some viewers may find this gross.
In a dream sequence, a woman turns into an ashy skeleton.
A teenage girl is dragged across the ceiling by an unseen force. Some blood appears under her shirt, but it's not focused on, and isn't graphic.
A teenage boy is dragged into an ominous pit. He's then ejected into a sea of blood fountaining everywhere.
Someone's feet are seen dangling in the air, implying a hanging. Nothing is else is seen and there's no blood.
In a dream sequence, a teenage girl finds herself stuck in a massive bag. Some viewers may find this scene stressful or claustrophobic.
In one dream sequence, a teenager is dragged on the ground by an invisible force. This is seen from further away.
- Profanity Reason
Language is too strong for young viewers.
About 6 f---s and s---s; "a--", "d-mn", and "h---" are used; "J-----" and likely other religious exclamations, as well as other crude language.
- Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking
- Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking Reason
Nancy's mother is an alcoholic (we see her drinking throughout the film, as well as seeing her drunk in one scene). She also smokes cigarettes. Nancy pops caffeine pills throughout the movie.
- Frightening & Intense Scenes
- Frightening & Intense Scenes Reason
Several chase scenes between the main character and Freddy.
Freddy's appearance may scare younger viewers.
Please note that many of the film's ratings are from the original release date and/ or past the past 20 years. Due to this, they are slightly old-fashioned now, and do not accurately reflect the modern-day rating standards. While the film is still not for young children, keep in mind that the content in the film is no longer as mature as it used to be.
Several jump scares throughout the film.
Though at the time of its release this may have been a more frightening film, due to the progression of special effects and violence in horror movies since the 80's, this is now a much tamer horror film than it used to be (but it still has its scares).
Strong sense of threat throughout the film.
Characters are afraid of going to sleep because of what may happen to them
The film may be psychologically upsetting for very young viewers.
The most frightening moment in the film is when Freddy imitates Nancy's now-deceased boyfriend Glen, saying "I'm your boyfriend now, Nancy", before turning the phone mouthpiece into his own and licking Nancy, scaring her.
New Line Cinema,
Smart Egg Pictures,
United States of America,