‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ Joins National Film Registry

by Thomas Tuna

Freddy Krueger and his iconic glove have made it all the way to the Library of Congress.

A Nightmare on Elm Street–Wes Craven’s horror masterpiece–this week was selected as one of 25 films to enter the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, as reported by CBS News.

The 1984 supernatural slasher classic will join such genre standouts as DraculaBride of FrankensteinAlien and The Exorcist on the list of films that are considered to be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement that films “help reflect our cultural history and creativity, and show us new ways of looking at ourselves. The Library of Congress will work with our partners in the film community to ensure these films are preserved for generations to come.”

A Nightmare on Elm Street–written and directed by Craven–stars Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, along with Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley and Johnny Depp in his film debut.

The film, as all horror fans know, concerns four teenagers living on a certain street in Springwood, Ohio who are invaded and killed in their dreams–and thus in reality–by a deformed killer using a sharp and deadly glove. The movie earned $57 million worldwide on a budget of about $1 million and spawned a franchise that includes six sequels, a TV series and tons of collectibles.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the franchise surrounding A Nightmare on Elm Street.


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