Trivia: The actors' reactions when the car roof came up were real - Wes Craven made the roof speed up unexpectedly.
Trivia: Wes Craven named Freddy Krueger after a bully who tortured him in school.
Trivia: It took 4 hours to apply the make up and rubber needed to create Freddy Krueger's face.
Trivia: This film was banned in Finland and censored in Germany.
Trivia: When Tina is dragged along the ceiling as she is killed. To do this they built the room out of metal with 3 rotating axes. They just covered the metal with scenery walls, to make it look like a regular bedroom. They bolted the camera, and every piece of furniture to the floor of the room. Nick Corri, who plays her boyfriend was similarly harnessed to the floor. As Tina is dragged across the ceiling the room is upside-down and she is simply rolling around on the ceiling of an upside-down room. Since the camera and Rod are both strapped to the floor of the room it creates the illusion that she is flying around the room.
Trivia: All the boiler room scenes were filmed at Lincoln Heights Jail, which is now a condemned building due to all the pipes being covered with asbestos.
Trivia: Wes Craven wanted Freddy's makeup to look like most of the flesh has been burned away. Make-up artist David Miller could not take the makeup as far as Wes wanted so they decided to keep Freddy's face obscured in the shadows as much as possible.
Trivia: Wes Craven originally was going to have Freddy Kruger become a child molester. However, during the film's production, there were a lot of highly publicized child molestation cases occurring in California. Wes then decided to change Freddy Kruger to a child killer.
Trivia: Freddy Krueger has a total of only 7 minutes screen time in the entire film.