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  • Dylan (Miko Hughes) has a father that works in special effects. In real-life, Miko Hughes' father worked in special effects in movies.
  • Lin Shaye, who appears as a nurse, also played the teacher in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
  • A picture of Heather Langenkamp, that was on John Saxon's desk in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), can be seen on a shelf in Wes Craven's house.
  • Director Wes Craven had intended to ask Johnny Depp to make an appearance as himself in the funeral scene. Craven never worked up the courage to ask him, but after the film's release, they ran into each other. Craven asked Depp if he would have made an appearance in the movie and Depp said that he would have, and that Craven should have asked him.
  • In A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Nancy's mom drives a Volvo station wagon. In this film, Heather Langenkamp also drives a Volvo station wagon.
  • The basic premise of the film, Freddy invading the real world and haunting the actors and crew responsible for the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" films, was originally intended to be used for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), but the idea was rejected by the studio at the time.
  • All of the earthquake sequences in the film were actually filmed one month prior to the Los Angeles quake of '94. The real quake struck only two weeks before the end of filming. Subsequently, a unit was sent out to film drive-by footage of actual quake damaged areas of the city before the end of filming. The cast and crew believed that the earthquake scenes that were filmed before the real quake struck were perhaps a bit overdone, but when viewed after the real quake hit, all were frightened by the realism of it.
  • Before making this movie, Wes Craven watched all of the"A Nightmare on Elm Street" films. By the time he was finished, he claimed that he could not follow the storyline at all. He further regards the sequels to be weak compared to his original masterpiece.
  • The large rocket ship used in the park scene went into Miko Hughes' backyard after his father bought it.
  • (At around twenty-one minutes) The book "The Nightmare Never Ends" by Andy Mangels can be seen on Robert Shaye's desk.
  • (At around one hour and fourteen minutes) Heather is asked if she has a pass, to which she replies, "Screw your pass." This is taken directly from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
  • The clothes worn by Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon towards the end of the film are similar to the clothes they wore in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
  • The "bio-engineered" hand and glove that Freddy uses in this film (as opposed to the glove used in the prior films) is actually derived from the artwork of the theatrical poster and video box covers of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
  • In the ending credits, Freddy Krueger is credited as himself, even though Robert Englund reprises the role.
  • There was a scene in the script that depicted a Robert Englund Freddy nightmare. The nightmare had Robert stuck in a spider-like web, and the new "demon" Freddy was a giant spider. This was dropped, because it didn't fit with the film's overall tone.
  • The events in this film revolve around Heather Langenkamp having a stalker. In real-life, she did have a stalker, and Wes Craven got her permission to weave it into the story.
  • Wes Craven's daughter Jessica Craven appears as a nurse.
  • (At around one hour) The scene where Heather is dialing Robert Englund's house number on the phone in her car, the music tones that are played when she presses the buttons is the same as the A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) theme.
  • (At around forty-four minutes) During the scene in the playground where Heather is talking about what happened at the funeral, right as she says, "Seeing Freddy in that grave seemed pretty real", a boy rides by on a bicycle wearing a sweater that is nearly identical to the one Freddy wears.
  • Miko Hughes has kept the sewn up Rex dinosaur since filming. Wes Craven has an original copy without the scars.
  • In this film, Freddy is depicted much closer to what Wes Craven had originally intended for the character, much more menacing, much less comical, with an updated attire and appearance.
  • The working title for the film was "A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: The Ascension".
  • In reality, Heather Langenkamp's real husband David LeRoy Anderson is a Special Effects man. As he is in the film.
  • (At around eighteen minutes) Producer Sara Risher was very nervous about appearing in the film. She bought herself a new suit specifically for her one scene.
  • (At around thirty-five minutes) When Heather Langenkamp vomited in the morgue, she was spitting up a combination of clam chowder and bean soup.
  • Dr. Heffner is a nod to Richard Heffner, head of the MPAA and bane of Wes Craven's filmmaking career.
  • Miko Hughes was a Freddy fan way before filming. He would watch them put the make-up on Robert Englund every day.
  • The film has no opening titles to blur the illusion of whether it's a film, a documentary, or something else altogether.
  • This is the only film in the Nightmare franchise to feature orchestrated music during the credits, rather than a song like all the other films, including Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and the remake, A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).
  • "Cuts and slashes" are a running motif in the film. As well as the clear cracks in the wall like a Freddy slash, there's also a claw-shaped logo on the first news reports of the earthquake, and the special effects firm is called "Cut to the Chase FX".
  • This is the first movie in the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise that doesn't have any opening credits.
  • The name "Dylan" is clearly spoken a whopping one hundred three times.
  • (At around one minute) In the opening scene, Wes Craven is wearing a shirt with the pattern of Freddy's jumper, while many of the items on the set are red or green.
  • David Newsom felt like a dork playing a special effects tech, because he was so clean cut and nicely dressed, when all the real special effect techs around him were in jeans, t-shirts, and had beards.
  • When Dylan crosses traffic to get home later in the film, Freddy was suppose to have a car with a razor blade on the front and was going to try to run the little boy down. Miko Hughes also starred in Pet Sematary (1989) where he was run down in a similar fashion.
  • Wes Craven was looking to get a specific reaction from Miko Hughes and his parents said there was a way to make him cry. His mother left the set and his father whispered in Miko's ear "your mother's dead."
  • Wes Craven told everyone that he or she could be the stalker, but to still play the part as if he or she is innocent.
  • The nurse (Lin Shaye), that gives Dylan the pills he doesn't swallow, is Producer Robert Shaye's sister.
  • Wes Craven was originally supposed to be on the run from Freddy by riding around in a van driven by Michael Berryman. Both were suppose to be sleep deprived.
  • (At around one hour and twenty-four minutes) During the freeway scene, when Heather ducks for the tractor-trailer to go over her. This was done with a greenscreen. It took around one hundred takes to get the shot right. The next day Heather Langenkamp couldn't walk, because she was so sore from doing the takes.
  • Heather Langenkamp has played the protagonist more times than anyone else. However, none of her appearances have been consecutive.
  • The television show appearance was inspired by a real encounter. According to Wes Craven: "Robert Englund and I did an appearance together on public television in the San Francisco area. It was about whether this kind of movie was bad for children or not. There were parents in the audience and then kids. All the kids leaped to their feet and started chanting, 'Freddy! Freddy! Freddy!' I remember looking at the show host and the parents, and they all looked horrified."
  • The only film in which Claudia Haro appeared, which did not feature her former husband Joe Pesci.
  • David LeRoy Anderson, who is Heather Langenkamp's real-life husband, declined to play himself.
  • The scene where Freddy tries to swallow Dylan whole, is similar to the scene in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), where the Freddy Snake tried to swallow Kristen whole.
  • At one hour and fifty-two minutes, this is the longest film in the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise.
  • Tracy Middendorf briefly played the role of Carrie Brady on Days of Our Lives (1965).The role was originally played by Christie Clark, who appeared in A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985).
  • Tracy Middendorf appeared in Scream: The TV Series (2015) based on the Scream movies directed by Wes Craven.
  • The film had a similar premise as Last Action Hero (1993), which both films are about a fictional movie character who enters the real world.
  • Robert Englund and Lin Shaye appeared in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Wish You Were Dead (2001), and 2001 Maniacs (2005).
  • Winona Ryder and Drew Barrymore were both considered for the role of Julie. Both actresses turned it down due to prior commitments with other projects. Ironically, Ryder had previously auditioned for the role of Kristen in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) and Wes Craven would later direct Barrymore in Scream (1996).
  • Robert Englund has said this is his favorite movie of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise
  • The Nightmare on Elm Street movies and Friday the 13th movies are the only two slasher horror genres with more than 6 sequels of the early 90s making Jason and Freddy the two top popular horror villains of their time.

Spoilers

  • The death of Heather's husband largely came about, due to concerns that Freddy simply wasn't killing enough people in the screenplay.
  • The scenes of Chase's body in the morgue had to be necessarily brief, as David Newsom's pulse was clearly visible on his neck.
  • Tracy Middendorf's death scene was shot in a rotating room.
  • The climactic tongue scene took two days to film.
  • (At around one hour and forty minutes) In the final scene where Dylan stabs Freddy's tongue outside the oven, you can hear the famous Psycho (1960) shower scene music.
  • (Cameo) Tuesday Knight: (At around thirty-six minutes) can be briefly seen in Chase's funeral scene.
  • (Cameo) Jsu Garcia: (At around thirty-six minutes) Can be briefly seen in Chase's funeral scene.
  • Body Count: Four
  • Freddy's death in this film is similar to his original death when he was burned alive by a group of vigilante parents.
  • In A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), the movie that Nancy watches on television, to try to stay awake, is The Evil Dead (1981). In this film, the movie that plays on television, is A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
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