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High School Reunion: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 40th Anniversary Screening

Opens on March 22

Director: Wes Craven Run Time: 91 min. Release Year: 1984

Starring: Amanda Wyss, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Jsu Garcia, Ronee Blakley

Country: United States
Language: English

High School Reunion – Class of ’84

Featuring a trio of significant teen classics: John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles (1984), Herbert Ross’ Footloose (1984) and Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

About the film:

Nancy Thompson is suffering from violent nightmares about a badly burned man wearing a glove made of knives. She quickly learns that this man – child molester Freddy Krueger – is also terrorizing the dreams of her friends and boyfriend, Glen. As they begin to die one by one in their sleep, Nancy learns, that years prior, the parents of Elm Street burned Krueger alive – and now Freddy is back to claim their children’s lives as revenge!

As the teenagers of Elm Street fight to stay awake, Nancy must save their lives and her own by bringing Freddy out of their dreams and back into the real world to destroy him forever.

“What makes Freddy truly terrifying, and an inspired invention on Craven’s part, is that he exists not in the real world but in the shadowy realm of dreams.”

—Simon Braund, Empire

About the filmmaker:

Wes Craven was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and editor. Originally intending to be a college professor, he instead became one of the most recognized masters of the horror genre, best known for his pioneering work on slasher films mixing horror with satire. For his work, Craven received a number of lifetime achievement awards, including honors from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films in 1995 and the New York City Horror Film Festival in 2012.

He created the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise (1984–2010) and directed the first four films in the Scream franchise (1996–2011). He also directed cult classics The Last House on the Left (1972) his directorial debut — followed by The Hills Have Eyes (1977), horror comedy The People Under the Stairs (1991), and psychological thriller Red Eye (2005). His other notable films include Swamp Thing (1982), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), Shocker (1989), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Music of the Heart (1999), and the 2006 Cannes Film Festival selection Paris, je t’aime (2006) as one of 22 international contributing directors.

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