Glen:I guess those people don't wake up to tell what happens.
"Come to Freddy."
A Nightmare On Elm Street is a 1984 horror film by Wes Craven, and the second feature film released by New Line Cinema.Teens living in Springwood, Ohio are seeing nightmares about a burned man with blades on his fingers. After one of her friends dies during a nightmare like that, it's up to Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) to find out what's going on, and ultimately to confront it before she dies too.The film was successful upon its release, as it saved New Line Cinema from bankruptcy and introduced world to the dream stalking Freddy Krueger, who would return many times since.
Abusive Parents: Wes Cravensaid in the DVD Commentary that the distance between parents and teenage children (particularly teenagers) is a major theme of the first film. For example, Nancy's parents are not just divorced from each other but emotionally disengaged from their daughter, regarding her teenage problems as trivial and refusing to take her nightmares seriously, and divorced from life in general - Nancy's mother is an alcoholic, and her father arguably a workaholic.
All Just a Dream: Zigzagged at the end of the film. Nancy defeats Freddy when she realizes that all the events that transpired over the last few days were a prolonged nightmare. She wishes Freddy were gone, and walks outside, where it's a sunny day, her family and friends are fine, and she's about to go to school. Then Freddy takes control of the world again. It's not at all clear however exactly what is happening, whether this is a dream or reality, who is dreaming, or whether Freddy was real or not.
Cat Scare: Averted when Glen goes outside to investigate a noise and calls "Kitty kitty?" in hopes that it is this trope at work. It's actually the film's Jerk with a Heart of Gold who jumps out and scares him.
Daylight Horror: At the end, we get a Hope Spot where Nancy firmly believes Freddy is dead and gone. It's an overly bright, clear day. She gets in a car, waves lovingly to her mother...then the car morphs into Freddy's signature colors and carts her and her friends off to their sunny, cheerful, and oblivious doom, while her mother gets pulled into the house by Freddy. The end.
Deadly Bath: Double subverted. Nancy falls asleep in the tub and Freddy's bladed glove pops out of the water, but she wakes up in time for nothing to happen. When she dozes off again, he suddenly drags her under into a huge underwater space that he created with his dream powers, and she almost drowns.
Fingore: Freddy performs this on himself to show off to Tina.
Gainax Ending: Was the whole movie a dream? Did Nancy ever escape into the real world? Was that part a dream? Is her mother dreaming?
Since Nancy shows up in Nightmare 3, and specifically says something about her friends being killed, this should technically resolve the situation. Should. Watch the ending of the original Nightmare while knowing that Nancy survives, and it's still a WTF-y Gainax Ending.
Maybe the part at the ending was just a regular nightmare, not generated by Freddy?
Ghost Butler: A door closes itself behind Nancy to signify that Freddy is still in the same room with her.
I'm Not Afraid Of You: Subverted. At the end Nancy says to Freddy "I take back all the power I gave you, Freddy!" and that he's not even real, so she shouldn't be afraid of him. It seems like she defeated him, but he reappears not much later.
I Want My Mommy: During the infamous bed scene Glen started yelling for his mother to come in. Unlike most examples it wasn't funny.
Lady Drunk: Marge Thompson starts hitting the bottle due to the stress of dealing with Nancy.
MacGyvering: Nancy prepares for the climax by constructing various traps for Freddy.
Man on Fire: Nancy sets Freddy on fire when she pulls him out of her dream and lures him to the basement.
No Time to Explain: Nancy has a dream that she's seeing her friend Rod being killed in the jail cell he's in. She wakes up and gets Glen to accompany her to the police station. They join up at Nancy's house and run to the police station. Nancy waits until they're entering the police station to tell Glen that she doesn't have any time to explain. What could they have been discussing the rest of the way there that was more important than the fact that Rod Lane was being killed?
Readings Are Off the Scale: Nancy has her dreams monitored by a brain-scan. The doctor notes that a "really intense" nightmare would read about seven...then watches in disbelief as it goes to 10, 15, 30...
Revised Ending: Wes Craven planned for the film to have a happy ending, but this was changed by the executives, and the Downer Ending (where Nancy's mother is killed, and Nancy's own fate is left ambiguous) was created.
Self-Mutilation Demonstration: Freddy says "Watch this!" to Tina before cutting his own fingers off, causing a strange green liquid to squirt from them. Later, he answers Nancy's "What are you?" by cutting into his own chest, revealing more green pus and what looks like maggots under his skin.