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If Nancy Doesn#39;t Wake Up Screaming, She Won#39;t Wake Up At All!

Nov 15,1984

Hollywood Movies | Horror

Ratings: 7.1 / 10 from

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Length: 91 Minute(s)

Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger (Robert Englund), who was burned alive by angry parents many years before. Krueger has now come back in the dreams of his killers' children, claiming their lives as his revenge. Nancy and her boyfriend, Glen (Johnny Depp), must devise a plan to lure the monster out of the realm of nightmares and into the real world...

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Movie Parental Guide

nudity In the beginning, a teenage boy mentions having a "hard-on"; penis size insult, "up yours" follow. -- 12 [0:05:16-31] A couple has loud sex. We see the bare back of the man thrust once. Orgasm noises are heard but not seen. We later hear they were only 15. -- 12/15(not particularly graphic, but quite strong) [0:11:25-12:03] They then lie together in bed; no nudity. [0:12:03-40, 0:13:27~40] She gets out of bed; some cleavage; perhaps a flash of a small portion of the bottom of a breast. A teenage boy mentions that he was watching "Ms. Nude America... His mother asks how he is able to listen to music while watching that: "How can you hear what they're saying?" He quips "Who cares what they're saying?" -- PG (comic reference) [1:02:41+] A woman takes off her nightgown and from behind you see her panties and no shirt on from behind. Right breast is briefly seen from the side. [1:04:08-13] Fred Krueger's gloved hand comes up in between Nancy's legs in the bathtub. [0:33:07-25] In the same setting Nancy is pull under the water and a brief side view of her breasts are seen. [0:33:59-34:35] -- 12/15 (for horror, unsexualized) The term "scr-w" is used a couple times to show disdain. See Profanity. Freddy Krueger is a child molester, but this is not heavily implied. Sex/Nudity as a whole -- 12/15 borderline
violence A teenage girl is dragged to the ceiling, her shirt is ripped open and she is slashed repeatedly (she is being killed in her dream, so the object slashing her is not seen). Blood is shown covering her whole body and the bed under her (she thrashes around in the air before finally dying). -- 18 (very graphic with a sadistic edge) A teenage boy is pulled inside a bed and a fountain of blood gushes upward. -- 15/18 borderline A teenage boy is hung from a rafter with a bed sheet. -- 15/18 borderline Freddy's face is ripped off, and his skull is shown (torn flesh surrounds it, but it's rather unrealistic and not too graphic, also rather brief). -- 15/18 borderline A character is shown bloody inside of a body bag. -- 18 (strong grisly image) A daughter disdainfully criticizes her mother; the mother slaps the daughter. [0:54:31] Krueger masochistically slashes himself, the result being squirts of greenish blood, maggots, and guts coming out of the wounds. It's more creepy than violent. -- 18 (accompanied by sadistic threat) Freddy 'hugs' Nancy's mother, whilst on fire, turning her into a charred corpse; this is from a distance. -- 18 One of the dead teenagers is seen in a dream, with blood dripping out of her eyes. A centipede then crawls out of her mouth, before she turns into a steaming pile of what looks like intestines and worms. -- 18 (strong grisly image) Violence as a whole -- 18
profanity Few f---s and s---s; "a--", "d-mn", and "h---" are used; "J-----" and likely other religious exclamations, as well as other crude language. Some may object to non-exclamatory references to deity at the funeral scene and elsewhere. This list covers most vulgarities: 0:09:43 h--- 0:10:01 d---head 0:23:33 f---in' 0:26:43 scr-w 0:29:15 g--d--- 0:30:56 f--- 0:31:22 f---er 0:43:42 b------ 0:43:55 s--- 0:44:00 s--- 0:52:48 d--n 0:53:16 d--n 0:54:01 d--n 0:55:03 scr-w 1:01:21 f---er 1:22:10 a--h--- 1:28:04 s--- Language as a whole -- 12/15
alcohol Nancy's mother is an alcoholic (we see her drinking throughout the film, as well as seeing her drunk in one scene). She also smokes cigarettes. -- PG Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking as a whole -- PG
frightening Several jump scares throughout the film. The ending is quite terrifying. Strong sense of sadistic threat throughout the film -- 18 Characters are afraid of going to sleep because of what may happen to them -- 15 Some parts are very intense, but it is very light on inappropriate content. -- 18 (strong horror elements) The film may be psychologically upsetting for younger viewers. -- 18 MPAA/USA - Rated R for adult situations, language, nudity and bloody violence. BBFC/UK - Rated 18 (strong sadistic horror, bloody violence).

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