Tina is best friends with Nancy Thompson (portrayed by Heather Langenkamp). In the beginning of the film, Tina confides in Nancy about her nightmare about a man with metallic fingernails. Unbeknownest to Tina, the man is Freddy Krueger, a child murderer, who was burned alive by the parents of Elm Street and swore revenge by murdering their children inside their dreams. The following evening Tina asks Nancy and her boyfriend Glen Lantz to spend the night since she is still scared from her nightmare. Some time in the night, she's joined by her delinquent boyfriend Rod Lane, and the two lock themselves in her mother's bedroom for privacy.Upon falling asleep, however, Freddy catches up to Tina in her dreams and mangles her in real life. While slicing Tina to shreds, Krueger makes her death even more memorable by dragging her body up the wall and halfway across the ceiling, where it is dropped upon her expiration in a pool of blood. Simultaneously, Rod is awoken by the sounds of Tina screaming and is forced to helplessly watch as Freddy, invisible to him since he is awake, butchers her before his very eyes. Naturally, due to the locked door, he becomes the main suspect in Tina's death and is soon arrested for her murder.
After her death Freddy would use Tina's bloody body inside Nancy's dreams from that point on as a lure.
- The character Kris Fowles from the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) is an equivalent version of her.
- The character Julie's death in Wes Craven's New Nightmare resembles Tina's death in the original film.
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