The sanctity of our dreams has never been the same since they were first violated by Wes Craven's spectral child murderer in 1984's Nightmare on Elm Street. Craven's psychological slasher flick was a sensation when it opened in the U.S. on Nov. 9, 1984, and word spread quickly of its disturbing nature. The new wave of horror films like Halloween, Phantasm, Friday the 13th and The Evil Dead would soon be faded memories when a cackling, fedora-wearing phantom who slaughtered you in your sleep strolled down a darkened alley, grotesquely stretched arms scraping stainless steel fingers on metal fences, creating a cascade of sparks. From the crudely filmed boiler-room title sequence with insane janitor Freddy Krueger assembling his famous killing weapons out of dirty gloves, pipe fittings and fishing knives, audiences knew they were in for a radical scream ride.
Six sequels, one crossover and a reboot later, the creepy character made so famous by Robert Englund has stabbed over $455 million in worldwide box-office cash and created a pop culture phenomenon for genre fans everywhere.
To mark this the 30th anniversary of A Nightmare on Elm Street's theatrical debut, check out this gruesome gallery of international film posters for the original film from Poland, Thailand, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Japan and more, then tell us what are your favorite Freddy moments from the entire freaky franchise.