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A Nightmare on Elm Street begins, fittingly, with a nightmare. After a dream about being slashed by a man with blades on his fingers, a high schooler named Tina wakes up with her nightgown in tatters. Tina’s unsympathetic mother, annoyed that her own evening with a boyfriend has been interrupted, flippantly tells her daughter, ‘Tina, honey, you got to cut your fingernails or you got to stop that kind of dreaming. One or the other.'” – Victoria Large

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