A Nightmare on Elm Street
Wes Craven started a wildly popular franchise with this offbeat chiller which pretty much became a license to print money. It made back its $1.8 million budget in the first week and influenced the horror genre for decades. Robert Englund’s child-killer Freddy Kruger, named after a school bully in Craven’s past, went on to slash his way through
8 sequels and a tv series, but not the 2010 reboot (in which the role was played by Jackie Earle Haley, who had a supporting role in the original).
About Dan Ireland
Dan Ireland loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing on April 14, 2016.