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A Nightmare on Elm Street is a book adaptation of the 1984 film of the same name. It is a part of Crestwood House's Tales of Terror series.

It shouldn't be confused with the novelization of the film or the book adaptation of the film by Bob Italia.


Part of Crestwood House’s “Tales of Terror” series! A teenage girl must solve the mystery of her friends’ deaths after they are killed by a disfigured man who stalks them in their dreams. A section at the end of the book explains the special effects used in the movie version of this story.

Differences in plot from the film[]

Tina sees white mist in front of her and walks into it. This could be interpreted as something that either didn't happen in the film or was simply not shown.

In the hallway, Freddy Krueger says Tina's name twice.

The sheep is left out.

The part where Tina's mother tells her she has to cut her fingernails or stop dreaming is left out.

Tina removing the crucifix from the ceiling/wall is left out. This could be interpreting either as it not happening or it simply not being described to the reader.

Both incidents of the jump rope children and the jump rope song are left out.

Rod and Tina having sex is left out.

Freddy Krueger only slashes Tina's abdomin. In the film, he also slashed between her breasts.

Instead of responding "Screw your pass!" to the hall monitor, Nancy simply ignores her.

Nancy's English teacher TELLS her to go home for the rest of the day.

Where in the film Marge Thompson describes Freddy Krueger as "a filthy child murderer who killed at least 20 kids in the neighborhood", in this adaptation, she says the same thing, except that she leaves out the word "child".

The geyser of blood isn't described as happening, though afterward it is stated "There was blood everywhere.", which implies that the geyser of blood may have happened.

In the last scene, Marge doesn't say the mist will burn off soon- Nancy thinks it.

Marge doesn't say she's going to give up drinking, or that she doesn't feel like drinking.

Marge doesn't ask if she kept Nancy up last night.

When Freddy pulls Marge in through the window, he grabs her by the throat instead of the breasts.

Differences in description from the film[]

  • Freddy Krueger making his glove isn't described. It starts with Tina Gray's dream.


It is stated that the boiler room reminds Tina of the basement of Springwood High School.




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