Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Lots of garbage.
I think this is the first collection review that has received a “skip” ranking. It’s because there are so many films. The more movies the more possibility to get a bad score. The truth of the matter is that I stand by that rating, and in fact, that might be being super nice. It’s just an average score of all 8 films. Movies 1, 3, and the remake are pretty much the only movies you need to watch the most. The rest just ruin the experience.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Master (1988)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child (1989)
- Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
- New Nightmare (1994)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
A Nightmare on Elm Street explained.
Meet Fred Krueger, a child killer (molester in remake) who was let go in court on a technicality (never goes to court in remake). Enraged townsfolk charge after him, chasing him into a nearby factory, where they burn him to death. The ghost of this demented killer stalks the townsfolk’s children, killing them off one by one, in revenge (revenge for the kids reporting him in remake). As time goes on, the kids Krueger is after begin realizing they have these special abilities in the dreams, which ultimately helps them defeat him by the end of Dream Warriors.
By the fourth film, Freddy has come back to kill the rest of the Dream Warriors, but thankfully there is a Dream Master – a person that has the ability to gather the abilities of the dead once Freddy kills them, turning into a superhero of sorts. When the Dream Master learns she is pregnant, Freddy decides this would be good time to possess an unborn child in order to be reborn into the world. The Dream Master stops him.
10 years later, Freddy takes out his revenge on every living child or teenager still living in Springwood, Ohio, but his quench for death grows stronger. He forces a young man with amnesia to fetch more kids for him, which he unknowingly does. It is then that they learn Freddy had a daughter before he died. His daughter, using 3D glasses, returns to the dream world and brings Freddy into the real world and kills him. Freddy is dead.
Flash-sideways to the real world, where Wes Craven is writing a script to the next Nightmare movie entitled New Nightmare. This is the film where the demon entity that Freddy was based off of in real life re-emerges when the story of his life (told through the movies) has ended. He wreaks havoc on Heather, the actress who played Nancy, and her son’s life. She goes to his world, and kills him to end every possible incantation of the dream demon.
The series as a whole has an interesting concept, but it stopped being entertaining when they added the comedy to the genre around the fourth or fifth film. Freddy is one of the most memorable villains to date in horror history, it was sad to see him turn into, basically, a cartoon. However, the image he set in the first film remains forever in our hearts and minds.