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Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on Craven’s Freddy Kruger Original ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’

Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on Craven's Freddy Kruger Original 'Nightmare on Elm Street'

“The Robots Are Due on Elm St!” week concludes with director Dan Ireland introducing Wes Craven’s seminal franchise starter “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

Wes Craven started a wildly popular franchise with this offbeat chiller which pretty much became a license to print money. It made back its $1.8 million budget in the first week and influenced the horror genre for decades. Robert Englund’s child-killer Freddy Kruger, named after a school bully in Craven’s past, went on to slash his way through 8 sequels and a tv series, but not the 2010 reboot (in which the role was played by Jackie Earle Haley, who had a supporting role in the original).

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