Few films have had as much of an effect on horror cinema as Wes Craven's A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. Telling the story of a group of small-town teenagers terrorized in their dreams by knife-gloved murderer Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund, iconic), this classic combines clever visual effects and a memorably menacing villain to generate thrills. What makes A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET stand far above almost all other horror films, though, is both its sheer inventiveness and genuine entertainment value. While Craven knew the importance of a real scare, he also knew that watching the film had to be a hell of a good time. Produced on a small budget by fledgling studio New Line Cinema and released to major critical acclaim and commercial success, NIGHTMARE proved to be anything but for everyone involved.
Robert Shaye is a producer and executive best known for founding New Line Cinema. Through New Line, Shaye brought such blockbuster series as THE LORD OF THE RINGS and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET to life.