A Nightmare on Elm Street

Synopsis: Death stalks the dreams of several young adults to claim its revenge on the killing of Freddy Kruger. Chased and chastised by this finger-bladed demon, it is the awakening of old memories and the denials of a past of retribution that spurns this hellish vision of a dreamlike state and turns death into a nightmare reality.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Director(s): Samuel Bayer
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  2 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

Can I have another?

Hey. Can I have

some more coffee, please?

Where you going?

Excuse me.




Anyone here?

Lady. Lady.


What the f***?

Dean. Dean.

I told you, if you keep falling asleep,

they're gonna kick you cut cf here.

Urn, sorry. Wont happen again, okay?



-Hey, Kris. You can sit wherever you want.

-Actually, Im just here to meet Dean.

-Oh, hes right over there.



Wow, you look like you haven't--

Like I haven't slept in three days?

Dean, what's going on?

Sc, what are we doing after this?

Let me see if we can go

to Ashleys or whatever.

Then I don't know.

Look cut, here comes your girlfriend.

-Oh, hey.

-Hi. Can I get you guys anything else?

Uh.... Um....

No, I think were good. Well just get the check.

Is that the only thing you wanna ask her, Quentin?



Why is Kris with Dean?


Come on.

That's f***ed up.

What was that all about?

Um, Jesse's just--

He's pissed because Kris broke up with him.

-I didn't even know they were together.


I guess I can keep the change?

Yeah. Look...

...I'm sorry about the mess.

-These guys are just--

-I'm used to it.

Sc you ever get tired

cf working here every weekend?

Do you ever get tired

cf coming here every weekend?

Quentin. You coming or no?

Sorry. Look, this should

take care cf the rest cf it.

-Sec-1 you around.

-Sec-1 you.

Listen, maybe you should

talk to somebody.

I did.

And he thinks all my problems

come from my past.

We began going through my childhood...

...and that's when they started.

When what started?

These nightmares.


Sc, what, you can't sleep?

I can sleep.

I just don't want to.

Okay, Dean, listen to me.

They're just dreams.

Okay? They're not real.

These dreams...

...they're real.

They're nut.

They're re-- I'm sorry, Kris.

No, its


No, no. Its fine.

Im gonna go clean myself off.

Its okay. Its okay.

You're not real.

You're not real. You're not real!

I am now.

Dean, what are you doing?

You're not real.

-Dean, stop it. Dean.

Dean, stop it!



Tragedy can shake us at our core...

...and it can also unite us

in our shared grief.

Today we are gathered and united...

...for the tragic loss of a young m I with so much life ahead of him.

Let us pray.

Lord, you who can

turn the shadow cf death...

...into the light cf a new day...

...as we gather to commend Dean

into your hands...

...help us to wait upon thee

with penitent hearts...

...and remind us cf he who died

that we might live.

--and the power and the glory

- forever and ever. Amen.


-Come on, sweetie. Its over.


Let's go say hi.

-Gwen. Hi, h

-Its been a long time.

-Yeah, yeah.

-- Especially under these circumstances.

- Yeah, not a....

You know, Nance,

if you need someone to talk to....

Im okay.

Thank you.

We're setting up a crisis center

at the school.

-- You know where my office is, right, Nancy?

- Yeah.

We're gonna head cut. Take care.

-Good to see you.

Bye-bye, Quentin.

You knew Dean that far back?

Jesus, that is me.

But I don't know how I'm in that picture.

I didn't meet Dean until high school.

Come on.

-Dean said something right before he died.

-Oh, please don't.

He said, "You're not real."

He kept repeating it over and over again.

Do you have any idea what that means?

No. I don't.

Think about it. What would it mean? Dean was on a load of medication when--


When it happened, it was like

somebody was making him do it...

...but there was nobody there.

Jesse, you have to believe me.

Kris, it was late and you were scared.

Your mind was just playing tricks on you...

-...that's all.

-I believe you.

You do?

I've seen....

-I saw--

-You didn't see anything.

You weren't right there. Kris was.

Shes already f***ed up, I so leave her alone.

You have no idea what Ive seen.I

Lets go home.



Hey, Mom, where are all the photos of me

from when I was younger?

-They're not here.

-Oh, well, who knows?

Theyre probably packed away

over the garage. Why?

Because today at the funeral I, um....

I saw a photo cf Dean and I

when we were, like, 5.

But, you know, it's funny, I don't remember

knowing Dean before high school.

Who can remember being 5 years old?

Hey, why don't you pack those up?

Dinner's almost ready.

Good night, honey.

Remember me?

Kris? You okay?

What is that?

Uh, nothing.

Just, like, a sketch.

Are you okay?

-Yeah, Im okay.


Are you okay?

Yeah, you know.

You know, like, if you ever need somebody,

if you ever wanna talk to somebody, I--

I'm sure you have like a thousand

other people you could talk to...

...but if you wanna talk to somebody....


Quentin. You're gonna be late to class.

Come on, buddy, let's go.

-My dad.

-I know.

Now, class, it was Pericles

who told the Athenian people...

...they should all gather

into the gates cf the city...

while his naval fleet picked off the Spartans by sea.

Now, it was to be a slow

but sure victory.

The Spartans would never make it over the walls of the acropolis, Pericles said.

But what he didnt take into account is that the plague would eventually strike.

Open your bucks to page 84.

To further complicate matters...

...the Spartans were armed

with a variety cf weapons...

...some cf them even improvised.

And they would not hesitate to slaughter

every Athenian they saw...

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Wesley Strick

Wesley Strick (born February 11, 1954) is an American screenwriter who has written such films as the comic-horror hit Arachnophobia, the Martin Scorsese remake of Cape Fear and the videogame adaptation Doom. Since 2015, Strick has worked as a writer/executive producer on The Man in the High Castle (Amazon TV series). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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