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About the Book

Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the most inventive American films of the 1980s. Its sleeper success bred a series of film sequels and a syndicated television program while its villain, Freddy Krueger, became a Hollywood horror icon for the ages. In the four decades since its release, Craven’s creation and the subsequent franchise that it launched has become firmly established as a pop culture institution and a celebrated symbol of American cinema.

This book takes readers on an engrossing journey through the history, production, and themes of the Nightmare on Elm Street film series and its spin-off TV show, Freddy’s Nightmares. It reveals new stories about the franchise’s history and dives into some of the themes and ideas that tend to be overlooked. It contains a foreword by production designer Mick Strawn and includes exclusive interviews with cast and crew, including legendary Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund; directors Jack Sholder, Chuck Russell, Mick Garris, Tom McLoughlin, Lisa Gottlieb, and William Malone; cinematographers Jacques Haitkin, Roy H. Wagner, and Steven Fierberg; and many more.

About the Author(s)

Wayne Byrne is a writer, educator, and film historian from Ireland.

Bibliographic Details

Wayne Byrne
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 90 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8452-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4479-0
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“Wow! This is one of the best pieces of writing on filmmaking that I’ve ever read. Wayne really got the essence of being on that set during that time. I am astonished at his accuracy. It was a very complicated shoot with a great deal of emotion. Wayne presents an honest representation of what occurred. Very impressive.”—Roy H. Wagner, ASC, Cinematographer for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Another Stakeout, Beauty and the Beast, Party of Five, House M.D. and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation