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

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood August 24, 2012 at 12:32PM

"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."
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Nightmare on Elm St

"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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.