A Nightmare on Elm Street script
Synopsis: In Wes Craven's classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams -- which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends' parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it's too late?

TINA rushes away, hands over her ears.

ANOTHER ANGLE -- as the blinded girl stumbles backwards. Then

the canvas flaps free. The blades are gone. The TITLES END, and

everything goes silent.

CAMERA CIRCLES until TINA's looking right into our eyes. The

light from a nearby boiler pours through her thin night dress,

leaving her naked and vulnerable. Then a deep, ragged VOICE

whispers at her as CAMERA CLOSES IN ON HER FACE.


One two, Freddie's coming for


TINA opens her mouth to scream but only a dry, yellow dust pours

out. And at that precise moment a huge shadowy MAN with a grimey

red and yellow sweater and a weird hat pulled over his scarred

face lunges at her. And it's his fingers that are tipped with

the long blades of steel, glinting in the boney light and giving

the hulk the look of an otherworldly predator.

TINA dodges away, her legs suddenly elephantine and slow. The

MAN seizes the trailing hem of her nightgown and hauls her back.

The MUSIC shrieks as TINA manages to tear free -- the MAN lurches

after her with a hoarse SHOUT as we --



TINA convulses in bed with a SCREAM, looking around wildly.

Someone is KNOCKING on her door.


You okay, Tina?

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Wes Craven

Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven (August 2, 1939 – August 30, 2015) was an American film director, writer, producer and actor. He was known for his pioneering work in the genre of horror films, particularly slasher films, where his impact on the genre was considered prolific and influential. Due to the success and cultural impact of his works in the horror film genre Craven has been called the "Master of Horror". more…

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