A Nightmare
on
Elm Street

1984

Glen Lantz

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SOUND CLIPS

MOVIE TRAILER


GENERAL INFORMATION

Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is having grisly nightmares. Meanwhile, her high school friends, who are having the very same dreams, are being slaughtered in their sleep by the hideous fiend of their shared nightmares. When the police ignore her explanation, she herself must confront the killer in his shadowy realm.

Director: Wes Craven

Cast: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri, Johnny Depp

Awards & Nominations:

1985 Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival:
Critics Award: Wes Craven (Won)


ABOUT THIS MOVIE

(Compiled by Carmel and Julie)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"Glen was described as this big blond surfer jock type and here I was, this little scrawny, pale little guy with long dark hair starched to death with five-day old hairspray."
--Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp – A Kind of Illusion by Denis Meikle
2005

"It was awful: I was scared to death. I couldn't move right in front of the camera – I couldn't follow the track – I couldn't stop at a precise place and say my lines. All the technical aspects terrified me."
--Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp – A Kind of Illusion by Denis Meikle
2005

"Doing A Nightmare on Elm Street was a trial-by-fire sort of thing. I'd never acted before. I'd never done school plays. Nothing. The fact that it was totally new to me was a tremendous challenge. I'd never done anything like this, hitting marks and saying lines and thinking about why my character was doing what he was doing."
--Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp – A Kind of Illusion by Denis Meikle
2005

"What were [the critics] going to write? Johnny Depp was great as the kid who dies?"
--Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp – A Kind of Illusion by Denis Meikle
2005

"I was being paid $1200 a week for pretty much doing nothing for most of the day, then pretending to be someone else for a while, telling a few lies. I couldn't believe my luck."
--Johnny Depp
Depp by Christopher Heard
2001

"[A Nightmare on Elm Street was] a way of financing my music career. I thought I would be doing this acting thing for a couple of years at the most."
--Johnny Depp
Depp by Christopher Heard
2001

Quotes from others:

"Depp wasn't even close to the way the Glen character was written. Johnny was a chain-smoker; he had yellowish skin."
-- Wes Craven (on Johnny’s screen-test)
Johnny Depp – A Kind of Illusion by Denis Meikle

"I remember [Johnny] being pretty green. But he did pick it up pretty fast and was eager to participate in the process. He seemed to automatically understand what acting was and what creating a character was."
-- Wes Craven
Depp by Christopher Heard
2001

"[Depp] kept telling me how wild the whole thing sounded. He was really disappointed when I told him that we would bring a stunt double in to actually do the gag. He begged me to allow him to do it himself, and finally I relented and let him go for it."
-- Wes Craven (on Glen getting sucked into the bed)
Depp by Christopher Heard
2001

"I… remember [Johnny] bring very serious about not pretending he knew what he was doing when he didn't and about listening, not just to Wes, but to everyone on the set. The process really seemed to interest him."
-- Heather Langenkamp
Depp by Christopher Heard
2001

"[Johnny] was always a laid back guy, not the aggressive type. While we were shooting Nightmare, Johnny was getting ready to test for another movie called Gotcha! One day in the dressing room, he handed me the Gotcha! script and said, 'I think this part is tailor made for you.' So I auditioned for it and got the part. You have no idea how rare that is for one actor to do that for another. That just tells what a terrific guy Johnny is."
-- Jsu Garcia, Rod Lane
Star Magazine
October 7, 2003