The length of time that it took to make “A Nightmare on Elm Street” was very short. The movie was completed in 32 days. Filming started in June of 1984 and wrapped up in July. This might seem like a short time for a movie to be made and that it might not deliver a spectacular movie, but the first in the series did rather well at the box office. There are a few scenes that didn’t take longer than a few hours to shoot, such as the scenes from the boiler room. Wes Craven got everyone together for the shoot, directed everyone about where to go and what to do and got the shot in a few hours. The boiler room used in the movie was located in the basement of a jail in Los Angeles. Soon after the movie was made, the jail was condemned because of high levels of asbestos.
One of the longest things to do each day was to apply Freddy Krueger’s makeup. It took about three hours for makeup to be applied and removed so that Robert Englund could get in character. There were 11 different pieces of the makeup and costume that Englund had to wear when he was in the scenes during the day.