Trivia: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

  • Dawson Casting:
    • Amanda Wyss, who played the fifteen year-old Tina, was twenty-four at the time of filming.
    • Lampshaded when a sleep deprived Nancy looks herself in the mirror and says "Oh God, I look twenty years old". Indeed, if Heather Langenkamp wasn't yet past her 20th birthday when that scene was shoot, it was, at most, a few weeks away.
  • Dueling Movies: With Dreamscape, another movie about dream-venturing from 1984.
  • Enforced Method Acting: In the final scene, the roof of the convertible came down much harder and faster than the actors expected; their startled reactions are real.
  • Executive Meddling: Craven originally wanted to end the film with a happy ending. However, Robert Shaye insisted on a darker ending and prevailed. This might have been for the better, since aside from opening the door for the very popular sequels to be made, Craven's intended ending was notoriously anti-climactic when judged against the rest of the film.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: John Saxon and Johnny Depp.
  • It Will Never Catch On: It took about five years for Wes Craven to get funding for the film, because no one in Hollywood thought it was scary.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Not only the reasoning behind changing Freddy from a child molester to a child killer (as detailed below), but also one of the sources of inspiration for the movie: Wes Craven has cited reading articles in the LA Times about children of Cambodian refugees who suffered from horrifying nightmares, refused to sleep and eventually died in their sleep after experiencing the nightmare a second time, a condition known as Sudden unexplained death syndrome, as inspiration for the basic idea of the movie.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • David Warner was initially cast as Freddy.
    • Freddy was originally supposed to have a Two-Faced skeletal appearance.
    • Freddy's sweater in the script was colored red and yellow and his glove had fishing hooks instead of blades.
    • Freddy was supposed to be a child molester, but it was decided to change into a murderer to avoid accusations of exploiting recently reported child molestation cases.
    • Jennifer Grey, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox and Tracey Gold auditioned for the part of Nancy.
    • Charlie Sheen was interested in playing Glen, but wanted more money than New Line could afford.
    • A deleted scene revealed that Nancy and her friends all had siblings Krueger killed, either when they were too young to remember them or before they were born, making his death even more of a case of It's Personal. In fact, Marge admits that when Krueger burst out of the boiler room covered in flames, she was the one who killed him for good by shooting him in the head.
    • Glen's body was actually supposed to emerge out of the bed during the blood geyser scene.