A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Movie Poster

Quotes from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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    • [to Glen]
    • Nancy Thompson: Whatever you do... don't fall asleep.
    • Children: One, two, Freddy's coming for you. / Three, four, better lock your door. / Five, six, grab your crucifix. / Seven, eight, gonna stay up late. / Nine, ten, never sleep again.
    • Rod Lane: I had a hard-on this morning when I woke up, Tina... Had your name written all over it.
    • Tina Gray: There's four letters in my name, Rod. How can there be enough room on your joint for four letters?
    • [laughter]
    • Rod Lane: Hey, up yours with a twirling lawnmower!
    • [after seeing the crime scene in Glen's room]
    • Cop #3: What the *hell* did that, Lieutenant?
    • Lt. Thompson: I don't know. What's the coroner got to say?
    • Cop #3: He's been in the john pukin' since he saw it.
    • Fred Krueger: I'm your boyfriend now, Nancy.
    • [on the phone, referring to Glen]
    • Nancy Thompson: Hi, Daddy. I know what happened.
    • Lt. Thompson: I haven't been upstairs yet.
    • Nancy Thompson: Yeah, but you know he's dead, right?
    • Lt. Thompson: Yeah, apparently he's dead.
    • Nancy Thompson: Listen, Daddy, I've got a proposition for you. Listen very carefully, please.
    • Lt. Thompson: Nancy.
    • Nancy Thompson: I'm going to go and get the guy who did it, and I want you to be there to arrest him when I bring him out. Okay?
    • Lt. Thompson: Just tell me who did it. I'll go get him, baby.
    • Nancy Thompson: Fred Krueger did it, Daddy, and only I can get him. It's my nightmare he comes to.
    • Marge Thompson: Nancy, you are going to get some sleep tonight if it kills me.
    • [to Glen]
    • Nancy Thompson: I'm into survival.
    • [approaching Nancy]
    • Fred Krueger: I'll kill you slow!
    • [about Nancy]
    • Lt. Thompson: What was she doing there?
    • Marge Thompson: Hello to you, too, Donald.
    • [returning greeting sarcastically]
    • Lt. Thompson: Marge.
    • Rod Lane: I probably could have saved her if I'd have moved sooner. But I thought it was just another nightmare, like the one I had the night before. There was... there was this guy; he had knives for fingers.
    • [Freddy wears Tina mask]
    • Tina Gray: Nancy, help me, please. Save me from...
    • [removes mask]
    • Fred Krueger: Freddy!
    • Hall Guard: Where's your pass?
    • Nancy Thompson: Screw your pass.
    • Nancy Thompson: Come on, Freddy. Can't you catch me?
    • Fred Krueger: I'm going to split you in two.
    • Nancy Thompson: It's only a dream!
    • Fred Krueger: Come to Freddy.
    • Nancy Thompson: Goddamn you!
    • Hall Guard: Hey, Nancy...
    • [flashes Freddy's finger knives]
    • Hall Guard: No running in the hallway.
    • Nancy Thompson: Okay, here's what we're going to do.
    • Glen Lantz: It's dark in here.
    • Nancy Thompson: But it's not what you're thinking.
    • Glen Lantz: What did you do to your arm?
    • Nancy Thompson: I burned it in English class.
    • [Glen is trying to get to sleep on the couch alone, but the sounds of Tina and Rod having sex is keeping him up]
    • Glen Lantz: Morality sucks.
    • [looking in a mirror]
    • Nancy Thompson: Oh, God. I look 20 years old!
    • Nancy Thompson: And now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.
    • Tina's Mom: You okay, Tina?
    • Tina Gray: Just a dream, Ma'.
    • Tina's Mom: Hm, some dream judging from that.
    • [Tina looks down to see that there are four tears in her night-gown]
    • Voice on Glen's television set: It is now twelve midnight and this is station KRGR leaving the air.
    • Glen Lantz: Oh, man. Midnight, baseball bats and boogeymen. Beautiful.
    • Glen Lantz: Miss Nude America is going to be on tonight.
    • Mrs. Lantz: How can you hear what she's going to say?
    • Glen Lantz: Who cares what she says?
    • Cop: You won't need a stretcher up there, you need a mop.
    • [to Nancy]
    • Tina Gray: Maybe we're gonna have a big earthquake. They say things get really weird just before.
    • Tina Gray: All day long I've been seeing that guy's weird face and hearing those fingernails.
    • Nancy Thompson: Fingernails? That's amazing you saying that. That made me remember the dream I had last night.
    • Tina Gray: What'd you dream?
    • Nancy Thompson: I dreamed about a guy in a dirty red and green sweater.
    • [Glen looks up, curious]
    • Tina Gray: Well, what about the fingernails?
    • Nancy Thompson: Well, he scraped his fingernails along things. Actually, they were more like finger-knives or something; something he'd made himself. They made a horrible sound...
    • [imitating nails on a chalkboard]
    • Nancy Thompson: Screeech.
    • [to Tina]
    • Rod Lane: Guys can have nightmares too, ya know. Ya ain't got a corner on the market or somethin'.
    • [at the police station]
    • Nancy Thompson: You know Tina, she dreamed this was gonna happen.
    • Lt. Thompson: What?
    • Nancy Thompson: She had a nightmare that someone was trying to kill her.
    • [to her mother, sobbing]
    • Nancy Thompson: That's why we were there, Mom. She just didn't wanna sleep alone.
    • Nancy Thompson: What I learned in the dream clinic. That's what I'm trying to prove, Mother. Rod didn't kill Tina and he didn't hang himself. There's this guy; he's after us in our dreams.
    • Marge Thompson: But that's just not reality, Nancy.
    • [pulling Krueger's hat out of a drawer]
    • Nancy Thompson: It's real, Momma. Feel it.
    • Marge Thompson: Give me that damn thing!
    • Nancy Thompson: It even has his name written in it. Fred Krueger, Mom. Fred Krueger.
    • [realizing her mother knows about him]
    • Nancy Thompson: Do you know who that is, Mother? Because if you do you better tell me 'cause he's after me now.
    • [upon seeing Tina's torn nightgown]
    • Tina's Mom: Tina, you either gotta cut your fingernails or ya gotta stop that kind of dreaming. One or the other.
    • Tina Gray: Nancy, you dreamed about the same creep I did.
    • [she notices Glen standing outside her window with mud-caked soles]
    • Nancy Thompson: Sometimes I wish you didn't live right across the street.
    • [holds one of his muddy feet up to her]
    • Glen Lantz: Will you shut up and let me in? Did you ever stand on a rose trellis in your bare feet?
    • [screaming in the boiler room]
    • Nancy Thompson: Come out and show yourself, you bastard!
    • [screams and realizes she's alone in the room]
    • Nancy Thompson: Oh... I'm crazy after all!
    • [Freddy pops out from the other side of her bed]
    • [she glances at her watch; Krueger comes from behind]
    • [screams and jumps from the boiler room, landing in front of her house on a rose bush]
    • Nancy Thompson: Dammit! Where are you? Where are you, Krueger?
    • [laughs uncomfortably]
    • Nancy Thompson: I know you're here!
    • [whispering]
    • Fred Krueger: Hey, Nancy.
    • [pops out from under the rose bush]
    • [jumps towards him and grabs him]
    • Nancy Thompson: I've got you now!
    • [wrestles with him as her alarm wakes her up]
    • [at the sleep clinic]
    • Nancy Thompson: I don't see why you can't just give me a pill to keep me from dreaming.
    • Dr. King: Everybody's got to dream, young girl. If you don't dream...
    • [pointing to his head]
    • Dr. King: You go.
    • [at the sleep clinic, referring to the monitor's brainwave display]
    • Dr. King: A nightmare now would be plus or minus five or six. She's about three.
    • [Nancy begins twitching; Freddy's knives are heard]
    • Marge Thompson: Doctor, what's she doing now? Is she asleep or awake?
    • [the monitor's number quickly increases to 30]
    • Dr. King: Something's wrong. It never gets this high.
    • Nancy Thompson: The killer's still loose, you know.
    • Lt. Thompson: You're saying somebody else killed Tina? Who?
    • Nancy Thompson: I don't know who he is, but he's burned and he wears a weird hat and a red and green sweater, really dirty. And he uses these knives, like giant fingernails...
    • [cuts her off and guides her into the car, to Marge]
    • Lt. Thompson: You better keep her home for a few days, until she really gets over the shock of this.
    • Marge Thompson: I've got something better. I'm going to get her some help.
    • [referring to the Balinese way of dreaming]
    • Nancy Thompson: But what if they meet a monster in their dreams? Then what?
    • Glen Lantz: They turn their back on it. Take away its energy and it disappears.
    • Nancy Thompson: But what happens if they don't do that?
    • Glen Lantz: Well, I guess those people don't wake up to tell what happens.
    • [to Nancy]
    • Marge Thompson: Oh, I feel like a million bucks. They say you've bottomed out when you can't remember the night before.
    • Nancy Thompson: Glen? Where are you? Are you there?
    • [whispers]
    • Fred Krueger: I'm here.
    • [jumps out from behind a bush. Nancy screams and takes off running]
    • [looking in the mirror]
    • Nancy Thompson: This is just a dream, this isn't real. This is just a dream, he isn't real. He isn't...
    • [Freddy smashes through the mirror and grabs her]
    • Glen Lantz: You believe this fog?
    • Nancy Thompson: Oh, I believe anything is possible.
    • [before going to sleep to find Freddy]
    • Nancy Thompson: Okay, Krueger. We play in your court.
    • Nancy Thompson: Mother! What's with the bars?
    • Marge Thompson: A bunch of us parents got together and tracked him down. We found him in old abandoned boiler room, where he used to take his kids.
    • Nancy Thompson: Go on.
    • Marge Thompson: We took gasoline and poured it all around the place and made a trail of it out the door. We lit the whole thing up and watched it burn. He's dead now. He's dead because Mommy killed him.
    • [reveals Freddy's glove]
    • Marge Thompson: I even took his knives.
    • [Marge touches Nancy on her knee]
    • Nancy Thompson: You can sleep.
    • Marge Thompson: Security.
    • Nancy Thompson: Security? Security from what?
    • Marge Thompson: Not from what - from whom. Come down to the cellar. You wanna know who Fred Krueger was? He was a filthy child murderer who killed at least 20 kids in the neighborhood... kids we all knew.
    • Nancy Thompson: Oh, Mom.
    • Marge Thompson: It drove us crazy when we didn't know who it was, but it was even worse after they caught him.
    • Nancy Thompson: Did they put him away?
    • Marge Thompson: Well, all the lawyers got fat and the judge got famous, but someone forgot to sign the search warrant in the right place and Krueger was free just like that.
    • Nancy Thompson: What did you do?
    • Nancy Thompson: Maybe I should just pick up that bottle and veg out with you, ignore everything going on around me by getting good and loaded.
    • [Marge slaps her]
    • Glen Lantz: We have reason to believe there may be something very strange going on.
    • Lt. Thompson: You got that right.
    • Nancy Thompson: What are you doing here?
    • Lt. Thompson: There's an unsolved murder and I hate unsolved murders, especially ones that my daughter is mixed up in. What are *you* doing here?
    • Nancy Thompson: Look, I just gotta see that he's okay.
    • Sgt. Garcia: I just checked on him ten minutes ago, he's sleeping like a baby. He's not going anywhere.
    • [first lines]
    • Fred Krueger: Tina.
    • Marge Thompson: Nancy?
    • Nancy Thompson: What, Mother?
    • Marge Thompson: Don't fall asleep in there. You could drown, you know.
    • Nancy Thompson: Oh, for Pete's sakes.
    • Marge Thompson: It happens all the time. I've heated up some warm milk for you, honey.
    • Nancy Thompson: Warm milk? Gross.
    • Rod Lane: Don't look at me like I'm some fuckin' fruitcake or something! I'm warning you!
    • [during one of Nancy's classes]
    • Teacher: What is seen is not always what is real. According to Shakespeare, there was something operating in nature, perhaps inside human nature itself, that was rotten. A "canker", as he put it. Now, of course, Hamlet's response to this and to his mother's lies was to continually probe and dig. Just like the gravediggers, always trying to get beneath the surface. The same is true in a different way in Julius Caesar. John, will you go ahead, please?
    • [John stands in front of the class and reads from his textbook]
    • John, Kid in Classroom: "In the most high and palmy state of Rome, a little ere the mightiest Julius fell. The grave stood tenantless and the sheeted dead did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets."
    • [Nancy dozes off]
    • John, Kid in Classroom: "As stars with trains of fire and dues of blood disaster's in the sun and the most air upon whose influence Neptune's empire stands..."
    • [his voice drowns out, Nancy opens her eyes to a voice out in the hallway and she looks over to see that it's Tina standing insi]
    • John, Kid in Classroom: "Oh, God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space were it not that I have bad dreams."
    • Nancy Thompson: Do you believe that people can dream what's going to happen?
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