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Sex & Nudity

  • Some non-graphic dialogue referring to sex ("up yours", etc.)
  • Easily the least sexual of the many iconic slashers of the eighties. Sexual content is limited to some innuendo between teen characters.
  • Freddy makes a suggestive gesture with his tongue towards a woman.
  • A couple overhears another couple have sex. Sexual noises are heard. Couple is shown in bed after having sex, no nudity.
  • It's implied that a couple has sex offscreen, in a brief scene with no nudity. This is the only scene in the film that involves sex or nudity.
  • A woman gets out of bed; some cleavage may be seen, though it's not focused on.
  • A woman takes off her nightgown when getting into bed; you very briefly see her upper half from behind.

Violence & Gore

  • Freddy's skull is shown in one scene (torn flesh surrounds it, but due to the special effects of the time period, it's rather unrealistic and not too graphic).
  • A daughter disdainfully criticizes her mother; the mother slaps the daughter.
  • Freddy Krueger slashes at his chest briefly with his knife glove, and green slime comes out. Some viewers may find this gross.
  • In a dream sequence, a woman turns into an ashy skeleton.


  • Language is too strong for young viewers.
  • About 6 f---s and s---s; "a--", "d-mn", and "h---" are used; "J-----" and likely other religious exclamations, as well as other crude language.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Nancy's mother is an alcoholic (we see her drinking throughout the film, as well as seeing her drunk in one scene). She also smokes cigarettes. Nancy pops caffeine pills throughout the movie.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Several chase scenes between the main character and Freddy.
  • Freddy's appearance may scare younger viewers.
  • Please note that many of the film's ratings are from the original release date and/ or past the past 20 years. Due to this, they are slightly old-fashioned now, and do not accurately reflect the modern-day rating standards. While the film is still not for young children, keep in mind that the content in the film is no longer as mature as it used to be.
  • Several jump scares throughout the film.
  • Though at the time of its release this may have been a more frightening film, due to the progression of special effects and violence in horror movies since the 80's, this is now a much tamer horror film than it used to be (but it still has its scares).
  • Strong sense of threat throughout the film.
  • Characters are afraid of going to sleep because of what may happen to them
  • The film may be psychologically upsetting for very young viewers.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • During the bathtub scene, as Nancy is dragged under the water, her bare breasts are seen and a nipple is visible.
  • In the now iconic scene, Fred Krueger's gloved hand comes up from the water when Nancy's in the bathtub. No sexual content or graphic nudity, but some cleavage is visible under the bubbles.

Violence & Gore

  • A teenage girl is dragged across the ceiling by an unseen force. Some blood appears under her shirt, but it's not focused on, and isn't graphic.
  • A teenage boy is dragged into an ominous pit.
  • Someone's feet are seen dangling in the air, implying a hanging. Nothing is else is seen and there's no blood.
  • In a dream sequence, a teenage girl finds herself stuck in a massive bag. Some viewers may find this scene stressful or claustrophobic.
  • In one dream sequence, a teenager is dragged on the ground by an invisible force. This is seen from further away.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The most frightening moment in the film is when Freddy imitates Nancy's now-deceased boyfriend Glen, saying "I'm your boyfriend now, Nancy", before turning the phone mouthpiece into his own and licking Nancy, scaring her.

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