5 Big Name From Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise

Nightmare on Elm Street is one of my favourite film franchise out there, and thanks to the late great Wes Craven we will be hiding from Freddy Krueger in every dream we have. What I have noticed while watching through the series is the amount of debut or very early chance bigger names in Hollywood got in the franchise, we all know about Johnny Depp so I will look at five more big names from the franchise who got their first chances in Hollywood.

5. Patricia Arquette – Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Dream Warriorselm street

Patricia got the leading role in the third instalment of the franchise where she plays one of the latest victims of Freddy, nearly 20 years later she would go on to win an Oscar.

4. Renny Harlin – Nightmare on Elm Street 4 Dream Masterlogo

Renny is the one director who has gone onto make some of the biggest action movies of all time, Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and Deep Blue Sea, sure these are not the most popular but they are all ones people talk about.

3. Ken & Jim Wheat – Nightmare on Elm Street 4 Dream Masterlogo

This brother pairing are known for the screenplays and this was one of their first, the pair would go onto create the character of Riddick in the Pitch Black, Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick films.

2. Stephen Hopkins – Nightmare on Elm Street 5 Dream Childlogo

Not the best of the series at all but Stephen did such a good job in limited time his next project was Predator 2 he would later go onto win a Prime Time Emmy for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

1. Frank Darabont – Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Dream Warriorslogo

Frank has his first screen writing credit for this film, he is a three time Oscar nominated writer/director who went on to bring us The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Majestic and The Mist.


  1. I always forget Frank Darabont wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    Sigh…maybe if he still wrote/directed The Walking Dead it’d still be good!

    You could also have included Laurence Fishburne in this list 🙂 perhaps an honourable mention?

      • Yes I thought as much 🙂

        Also, this is only a constructive tip I’m not ripping holes or anything, but I think you should have a picture of the actor or actress you’re talking about, rather than the DVD cover. It makes it more interesting to have a point of reference who you’re talking about. I’m only saying that as a tip, I think the whole article was great! 🙂

      • yeah, maybe next time i will but i didn’t think people would know who these people were from just a picture, i should have added their other work in picture too

      • It’s just one of those things I think, human nature, you’d like to see a pic of who’s being talked about. It doesn’t have to be a pic from the Nightmare series.

        Sorry I feel like I’m throwing a spanner in the works, I LOVE the post!!!!!! 🙂

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