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YMMV / A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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  • Nightmare Retardant: At the end of the film, when Freddy drags what is supposed to be Nancy's mother through the little window in her front door as a final scare. It's a hilariously obvious mannequin.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • This was the first movie Johnny Depp played in.
    • Roger Rabbit is the lead doctor at the sleep institute where Nancy's dreams are studied.
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    • Elise Reiner is Nancy's teacher.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • Freddy's stretching arms look rather shaky by modern standards.
    • When Freddy pulls Nancy's mother through the door window, it's very obviously a mannequin.
    • In two scenes where a character jumps, you can see the mattresses.
    • When Freddy is set on fire at the end, it's very clearly a stunt double.
    • In the scene just before Tina's death where Freddy chops his own fingers off, causing green ooze to spew from the stumps, it is painfully obvious that the effect is not working properly: only his pinky bleeds the ooze, even though he also cut off his ring finger. Robert Englund's looking back and forth from the camera to the hand could be him nervously reacting to the failure, but he never breaks character so his sick leer the whole time could mean that Freddy wants to see both his hand and Tina's reaction to it for his own enjoyment.
  • Tear Jerker: Nancy's reaction to Tina's death:
    Nancy: You know Tina, she dreamed this was gonna happen... She had a nightmare, that someone was trying to kill her. *breaks down sobbing* That's why we were there, mom. She just didn't wanna sleep alone.
  • Vindicated by Video: The movie did solid box-office business for a low budget 1984 movie, but it was the home video sales that really demonstrated what a money-maker Freddy could be.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Glen's death and the epic geyser of blood that follows.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: While such notions have been lost with the overdone franchise, critics and film historians have stated that the movie represents the struggle young people have to see the distinction between fantasy and reality.


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