A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – An Elm Street Nightmare Episode 1

In the inaugural episode of An Elm Street Nightmare, Lizzie Cuevas and Chris Antista are looking at the immortal Wes Craven masterpiece that launched a franchise, a studio and so much more. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s dim the lights and turn the clocks back to 1984, the year the original Nightmare on Elm Street debuted and back when nobody in the world had ever heard the name “Freddy Krueger.”

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26 thoughts on “A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – An Elm Street Nightmare Episode 1

  1. Hype! I don’t have much history with the franchise (only watched Dream Warriors last Halloween) but I’m very excited to have Lizzie back on some podcasts.

  2. Youse guys mentioned possibly doing Child’s Play when this series is over…hear me out how about Lepperchaun or Puppet Master, both series’ are complete shit shows and kinda funny

  3. Fantastic look at a series that defined my childhood in the 80s. This was the series that mattered to me. I couldn’t watch the films until later but I was apparently allowed to read the novelization of The Dream Master in 4th grade. That might actually be worse than seeing it? Who knows. I loved it.

  4. Are you planning on discussing the pop culture ephemera that Nightmare generated, or just the movies? There is a lot of interesting and bizarre stuff. Plus, I don’t think I have heard Freddy Kreuger and the Elm Street Group album “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” mentioned on LT yet, and I am really champing at the bit to hear that come up.

    1. I really, really want to do exactly what you’re talking about, and will try to pepper some of that in. For now, it’s mostly focused on the movies.

  5. So psyched for this! Movie commentary and companion podcasts are some of my favourite Laser Time content. Can’t wait for this to appear in my podcast feed!

  6. I saw this movie when i was a kid. I had nightmares for days. I have no idea why my parents let me watch this so young. This was great. I hope we get more.

  7. Not seeing it on the Patreon RSS feed yet, can’t wait to hear it though! So glad to hear Lizzie is back. I hope you guys have seen Never Sleep Again, it’s a great extra long documentary on all the Nightmare films with lots of behind the scenes info..

  8. What a nice surprise! Also, Lizzie back!

    Along with Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street is my favorite horror franchise (also made me a fan of Wes Craven). I recently watched all of the films through the NOES Blu-ray set so I will gladly listen to all of these episodes.

  9. will the finale be a 4 hr podcast to match the 4 hr Never Sleep Again Doc? Possibly one of the greatest docs/introspectives on Nightmare, ever

  10. Love the idea of a mini-series podcast! Great to hear Lizzie back with you guys. Would love for you guys to do one on either the Silent Hill or Resident Evil games.

  11. Yes!

    A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of my favorite Horror movie franchises myself but the original isn’t just one of my favorite Horror movies but one of my all time favorite movies, period. And Wes Craven I praise to the point of how Spielberg is praised. He means a lot to mean even after death. But anyway, I was introduced to the franchise as a whole when I noticed New Nightmare was airing on TNT. I changed the channel halfway through undoubtedly out of fear and it was during the scene where Heather Lagenkamp’s husband gets attacked by Freddy in the car. And then I read about Freddy vs. Jason randomly on IMDB and I looked up both franchises and I got intrigued and this was at 13 and then I saw much of the original film on what used to be TNN before it became Spike TV and then the whole thing on Cinemax.

    I do fear of going to sleep and never wake up and Nightmare on Elm Street definitely seeps into that fear very much. And the idea of someone who can go into people’s dreams, murder them but also know who you are exactly, your interests, your fears, your secrets. He knows everything and can exploit it. The original film simply is still effective, it blurs the lines between reality and dream and I don’t think a film matched that until Oculus. Nancy Thompson I find to be an effective hero in the film. I mean, I love Freddy Krueger as my favorite villain but people often forget, the film is Nancy’s story. She develops into the very hero by the end of it once she now becomes aware of how the whole dream thing works.

    Given Johnny Depp turned out to be very abusive, the bed scene is incredibly satisfying nowadays but it’s a very impressive effect. This whole film is a story and technical marvel. How everything was done still impresses me given this was done for one million dollars. And you know, there was a deleted scene where when Nancy’s mother explains about what happened to Freddy, she revealed Nancy had a sibling and got 86’d by Freddy when he was alive.

    Oh and fun fact, John Saxon was also in Black Christmas so dude was in two classic Horror movies. And I know the idea was to make Freddy a child molester but the topic was taboo at the time due to real life cases so it turned to only implied in the final result. But I do know there was a different origin for the guy on a book being published roughly around the same time as the third film. Concerning the ending, what’s impressive is that save for the last few minutes, she technically beat Freddy through words. She verbally defeated him without relying on like a last minute stabbing or something. Although I know Bob Shaye and Wes Craven butted heads over the ending since Shaye wanted sequel bait of sorts but Craven didn’t want it so they filmed a few different endings until they settled on the one see in the final result of the film.

    In any case, I am looking forward to the rest of this podcast! ^_^

  12. Really excited about this series!

    Lizzie talked about getting into these movies after originally being terrified of them. I think there’s a sort of Stockholm effect that kicks in with horror movies for some people. I had the same experience with Scream! Went to see that with my dad when I was twelve, and I was so completely blindsided and disturbed by the first scene that I had to walk out. Ended up seeing the last hour of Jerry Maguire with my mom. After that Scream became this monolith and finally I worked up the nerve to see it all the way through (on video), and then couldn’t stop talking about it for weeks.

    I’d never really noticed until you guys mentioned that Wes Craven used the same surprise tactics with Nightmare that he did with Scream. I was totally convinced Drew Barrymore would be the star, and was completely caught off guard when the killer is revealed for the first time. Really shows the crucial role marketing can play in horror.

    Regarding the similarities to IT, on a thematic level they practically seem like the same story. Both Freddie and IT live off children’s (teens’) fears and are destroyed by their faith, illustrating how fear and faith are intertwined.

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