Elm Street Wiki
This article is about Samuel King from the A Nightmare on Elm Street film serie. If you are looking for one or more other versions of Samuel King, please check the Samuel King (disambiguation).

Everybody's got to dream, young girl. If you don't dream... you go.
Dr. King to Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Samuel King is a character in A Nightmare on Elm Street.

He is a doctor at the Katja Institute for the Study of Sleep Disorders that treated Nancy Thompson when her mother began to worry about her lack of sleep and nightmares. Nancy only had intentions of asking him if they could give her drugs that'd prevent her from dreaming. However, Dr. King protested, saying everyone needed to dream. The experiment gave Nancy more information than she planned as the next nightmare she had with Freddy Krueger. She discovered she could bring things out of her dream, such as his hat.


A Nightmare on Elm Street

Nancy confesses to her parents who she thinks killed Tina and Rod and they both realize she's talking about Freddy Krueger, a guy they and other parents murdered. Marge, very scared, decides to take her daughter to the psychiatric hospital to be checked, since she understood that Nancy was making up all that. When Nancy falls asleep, Samuel King (the doctor) and Marge note the dream waves through a special computer, thus realizing that the nightmare that Nancy was having exceeded the limits of the known. When they manage to wake her up, they notice that Nancy has cuts on her arm and that she brought Freddy's hat with her.


Samuel's personality was not developed in the film due to the few minutes in which he appears in it. However, he complies with the stereotype of a doctor who cares about his patients, who is patient with their questions and a certain curiosity about the unknown.

Physical appearance

Assumed to be in his late thirties, Samuel is a short Caucasian man with chocolate brown hair and brown eyes.


  • He, like the institution where he works, did not appear again in the following films.


  • (To Marge): "A nightmare now would be plus or minus five or six. She's about three."
  • (To Marge): "Something's wrong. It never gets this high."