A teenage girl named Tina Gray is stalked through a boiler room and attacked by a disfigured man wearing a glove with four knives attached to it. She awakens from the nightmare, but her mother points out four mysterious slashes in her nightgown.
The following day, Tina is walking to her school, Springwood High School and is consoled by her best friend Nancy Thompson and her boyfriend Glen Lantz. Later, Nancy and Glen sleep at Tina's following her mother's out-of-town departure; the sleepover is interrupted by Rod Lane, Tina's boyfriend.
- Heather Langenkamp as Nancy Thompson
- Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger
- John Saxon as Lieutenant Donald Thompson
- Johnny Depp as Glen Lantz
- Ronne Blakley as Marge Thompson
- Nick Corri as Rod Lane
- Amanda Wyss as Christina "Tina" Gray