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'S MOTHER sticks her head in with a worried look. TINA sits

up and blows out a breath, groggy.


Just a dream, Ma...

(more to herself)

Damn dream, is all...

The woman, once attractive, ventures a step into the room. A MAN

hovers BACKGROUND. TINA'S mother waves him away without looking,

shoving a strand of bleached hair from her eyes. She appraises

her daughter.


Some dream, judging from that.

She nods at TINA's nightshift.

TINA looks down at her nightgown, only now aware of the chill

penetrating it from the room. There are four long slashes up its

middle, cleanly cut as if by scalpels.


(distant, annoyed)

You coming back to the sack or



Hold your horses.

(lower, to Tina as she

stands to leave)

You gotta cut your nails or stop

that kind of dreaming, Tina. One

or the other.

The woman shuts the door behind her. TINA looks back to her




Oh, shit.

She suddenly snatches up the cross that hangs over her head, her

face white as her sheet.


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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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