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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – Episode 170 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.”  A warning well-spoken, but one that proves hard to heed. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Bill Mulligan, Chad Hunt, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr –  as they have no problem whatsoever staying awake for Wes Craven’s masterpiece, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 170 – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.


In this episode, your Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crew has the pleasure of discussing one of the top horror movies of the 80s, Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. Chad remembers it as one of the most engrossing and scary films he had ever seen and he still watches it two or three times a year. Freddy Krueger is one of the two horror icons that changed Crystal’s life and she still thinks he is one of the most original creations in horror. Bill thinks of A Nightmare on Elm Street as a breath of fresh air with a supernatural killer that can do almost anything and wonders how a child murderer becomes a pop icon with a line of children’s toys. A Nightmare on Elm Street gobsmacked Jeff, particularly the scene with Nancy trying to run up the stairs, a recurring scene in his own nightmares.

Your 80s Grue-Crew laments not having more time to discuss this groundbreaking, legendary film and may revisit A Nightmare on Elm Street in more detail in the future. Meanwhile, they strongly encourage you to watch and rewatch the wonder that is A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Jeff, will be The Hitcher (1986), starring Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.