Scared to sleep, even more scared to dream - this is the basis of the Nightmare on Elm street saga. Director Wes Craven plays off the dream world to the real world in such a way as to make you believe it while you are watching. It all begins when the kids of Elm street start having the same nightmare. They dream of a burned, scarred up man wearing a dirty hat and a dirty green and red sweater. He wears a worn-out glove on his right hand with knife blades on each of the fingers and the children do not know why he is after them.
What they do not know is they are paying for the sins of their parents. Freddy Kruegar was murdered by the towns people after being set free because of a technicality for killing around 20 children. They burnt him alive and know he killing their children in revenge. He comes into their dreams and is he kills them there they die for real.
Tina and Nancy are best friends and are having a sleepover when Nancy's boyfriend Rod comes over and the night begins to turn into terror. They all fall asleep and start to dream when Rod gets woke up and sees Tina being killed by an invisible hand. Rod takes off running and is captured the next morning and charged for murder. Nancy does not believe he did it because she had the same dream. Shortly after Rod was put in jail he fell asleep and was killed in his dream. Somehow Freddy had set him up to hang himself making everyone think it was a suicide. Nancy knows she has to stop Freddy from killing anyone else, so she starts devising a plan to bring Freddy into the real world. She has a friend wake her up when she starts dreaming and grabs Freddy to bring him over, then she sets him on fire. While on fire Freddy runs into her mothers room, grabs her and they both go into the bed. Freddy does not give up there he again comes after Nancy, she yells at him that she does not believe him and he disappears. Thinking he is gone for good Nancy and her friend start off the school and then Freddy rips the roof off the car and sends the kids screaming hysterically back to the boiler room.