Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street helped spawn the horror movie subgenre with its trademark mix of creaky suspense and effects-driven gore. Major studios balked at the film, which featured deadbeat parents, disaffected teens, and the soon-to-be-iconic Freddy Krueger. New Line Cinema signed on and would ride the success to newfound relevancy. The production was notoriously problematic, but that just makes the stories more interesting! Vulture revisits the madness.