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Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the most popular and best horror movie franchise in the history of the genre. It all started in 1984, when the first movie in the franchise – aptly titled A Nightmare on Elm Street – was released. The movie featured Robert Englund as the main antagonist, the demon Freddy Krueger, who haunts and kills people in their dreams. Englund’s Freddy Krueger soon became one of the most popular horror movie characters ever and the franchise soon developed to be a major pop-culture phenomenon.
The franchise today includes a total of nine feature-length films, one of which was a crossover between Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Friday the 13th franchise. The franchise also includes a documentary film (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), an anthology TV series (Freddy’s Nightmares) and several comic books, books and video games.
In today’s article, we are going to give you the complete watching order of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, so keep reading if you want to know how you should watch the movies.
How many A Nightmare on Elm Street movies are there?
As we’ve said, there are nine movies that comprise the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The original heptalofy, which ran from 1984 to 1994, presents the main story of Freddy Krueger, while Freddy vs. Jason complements the story and connects it with the Friday the 13th franchise. The final movie in the series is actually a failed reboot of the franchise that ultimately became a stand-alone movie.
The A Nightmare on Elm Street watching order
This section will list all the nine movies that comprise the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, while also giving you some important information about the production, the cast and the plot.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Release Date: November 9, 1984
Director: Wes Craven
Screenplay: Wes Craven
Cast: Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Heather Langenkamp (Nancy Thompson), John Saxon (Donald Thompson), Johnny Depp (Glenn Lantz)
It’s March 1981. In the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio, fifteen-year-old Tina Gray has a nightmare in which she is chased through a dark boiler room by a figure with knife blades on her right hand. The moment the dark figure reaches her, she wakes up screaming and realizes that she has four long cuts in the front of her nightgown that match exactly what happened in her dream. The next day she learns from her friend Nancy Thompson, who also lives on Elm Street, that she had exactly the same dream. The following night, Nancy and her friend Glen Lantz stay with Tina to calm them down. Her own friend, Rod Lane, convinces her to sleep with him in her mother’s room.
Tina has another nightmare that night in which the killer catches her and brutally kills her. In reality, Rod sees his bleeding girlfriend struggling with an invisible person, with the girl, contrary to the laws of nature, rolling up the wall and along the ceiling and squirming until Tina falls slashed to the floor. Rod flees in a panic and is arrested the next day because he was alone in the room with her at the time of death and is therefore suspected of having murdered his girlfriend. Nancy continues to have violent nightmares in which she is persecuted and attacked by the same burn-scarred person who attacked Tina. These nightmares lead her to visit Rod in prison, who tells her what he saw in Tina’s mother’s room.
Much to her mother’s displeasure, Nancy is increasingly convinced that the person in her dreams is also Tina’s killer. She and the skeptical Glen go to the police late at night to speak to Rod, but find him hanged in his cell by a bed sheet tied together. Everyone except Nancy suspects suicide. Nancy developed increasingly sleep disorders; her mother Marge therefore takes her to a sleep clinic. In a patient bed, wired to medical examination equipment, Nancy repeatedly experiences a terrible nightmare. This time her arm is injured, but she also brought something from the dream: the attacker’s battered hat. This worries Nancy’s mother, but it also shows that she is hiding something.
Eventually, her daughter’s drunken Marge reveals that the hat belongs to a child murderer named Freddy Krueger, who killed at least 20 children over ten years ago. Angry and vengeful parents burned Freddy alive in his boiler room after he had been acquitted on the basis of a legal procedural error. Now it seems like Krueger is manipulating her children’s dreams in order to relentlessly take revenge from the grave. Marge assures Nancy, however, that Freddy Krueger can no longer hurt anyone, and takes his knife glove from a hiding place. She places it clearly visible on the stove so that Nancy can be reminded that Krueger is really dead. Nancy tells Glen her plan to catch Freddy like the hat and then drag him over to reality.
However, Glen falls asleep on the bed of his teenage room and is killed. Nancy is now alone with Krueger, but manages to pull him into the real world. She runs through her house and lures him into traps that she set beforehand. For example, a sledgehammer tied to the ceiling hits the pit of Freddy’s stomach, causing him to fall down the stairs on the first floor. After setting Freddy on fire in her basement using a flammable liquid from a glass bottle, she finally manages to call her father and the rest of the local police to help. Freddy escaped from the basement and left fiery footprints on the stairs to the upper floor.
Nancy and her father, the police lieutenant Donald Thompson, follow in the footsteps and watch as Marge Thompson is suffocated by the still burning Krueger. He disappears, leaving only the mother’s body behind. When Nancy is alone again, she confronts Freddy and manages to destroy him by turning her back on him, paying no more attention to him and thus running out of fear and desperation the energy he needs. The next morning, in the most beautiful sunshine, Nancy is standing next to her mother in front of the Thompson family’s house. The evil seems to have ended and the citizens have returned to normal. Glen and the rest of her friends are waiting for her in the convertible car to drive to school. Only when the top of the car, which has the same colors of dark green and red as Freddy’s sweater, closes and Freddy’s laugh can be heard, does she realize that she is still trapped in a dream.
The car drives off and Nancy screams for her mother, who is being pulled through the front door by a clawed hand.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
Release Date: November 1, 1985
Director: Jack Sholder
Screenplay: David Chaskin
Cast: Mark Patton (Jesse Walsh), Kim Myers (Lisa Webber), Robert Rusler (Ron Grady), Clu Gulager (Ken Walsh), Hope Lange (Cheryl Walsh), Marshall Bell (Coach Schneider), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger)
It is September 23, 1986; five years after what happened in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jesse has moved, along with his family, to what was the home of Nancy Thompson. Before he even managed to settle in the new town, he is already beginning to have nightmares, unable to sleep well at night, and waking up screaming. Jesse receives a visit from Freddy Krueger in one of his dreams. The latter entrusts him with a task, the young man being the body and Freddy the mind of the actions.
The boy discovers, in his house, Nancy’s diary, in which he recounts her nightmares and talks about Freddy. At night, Freddy murders Jesse’s trainer in front of him and then places the glove with blades on his hand and makes him believe that he killed him. Jesse, frequently falling into states of possession, brings the master of nightmares to life in order to continue his crimes. His family suspect that, despite the fact that the young man is going through a difficult stage, he is behaving quite abnormally. They even think that he is taking drugs.
At a friend’s party, he starts to free Freddy, but then goes with a friend of his to his house and Jesse asks his friend for help. They both fall asleep, but then Freddy emerges from inside Jesse and, after killing his friend, disappears, leaving the scene in such a way that Jesse seems to be the guilty party; Jesse then escapes. Jesse comes to Lisa’s house again to ask for help, and she tries to reassure him, but Freddy again breaks free by trying to murder Lisa. Lisa asking for help, her sleeping parents wake up and when trying to go out to help Lisa, Freddy used one of his powers to lock the door, trapping her trapped. Lisa realizes that Freddy is manipulating Jesse, who on the inside, is the same innocent young man.
Later, Freddy leaves through a window, leaving traces in the real world. Lisa’s friends at the party saw what happened and are somewhat scared and worried. After a long silence, Freddy suddenly “jumps” out of a drain pipe; the scare it gave the boys gave Freddy enough power to reveal himself in the real world by starting a massacre and becoming more and more powerful. When one of the young people distracts Freddy, although he ends up being murdered by him, Lisa’s parents come after hearing the boys’ cries of horror, and they try to kill Freddy with a shot from a shotgun.
Before Lisa’s father fires the shot, she holds him back because she knows that if he “kills” Freddy, he will kill Jesse as well, and while she is stopping his father, Freddy escapes through a portal of fire. After the murder of Jesse’s partner and the massacre at Lisa’s party, Freddy returns to the factory where he killed the children. There, with the help of Lisa, Jesse will manage to free his body and personality from Freddy, where he is apparently defeated.
In the final scene, Jesse’s first nightmare is repeated: he is on a bus driven by Freddy, heading to the desert, but the vehicle begins to roll faster until one of Jesse’s and Lisa’s companions dies, after being his chest pierced by Freddy’s hand. This scene implies that Freddy is still alive and that now the iconic character, already independently without the need for Jesse, will continue his hunt for teenagers in Springwood.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Release Date: February 27, 1987
Director: Chuck Russell
Screenplay: Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner, Chuck Russell, Frank Darabont
Cast: Heather Langenkamp (Nancy Thompson), Craig Wasson (Dr. Neil Gordon), Patricia Arquette (Kristen Parker), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Laurence Fishburne (Max Daniels), Priscilla Pointer (Dr. Elizabeth Simms), Jennifer Rubin (Taryn White), John Saxon (Donald Thompson)
Kristen Parker begins to have strange dreams: she wakes up at a terrifying, empty house on Elm Street with a few children playing next to it. When she sees a little girl on a tricycle, she tries to approach her. The girl drives in, so Kristen now walks in too. When she hears someone else’s footsteps, the girl says Freddy is home. After she wakes up, Kristen is attacked in her bathroom by Freddy, who cuts her wrist. Kristen is sent to a mental institution by her mother, who thinks she is suicidal.
When she softly sings the songs she hears in her dreams, she is noticed by co-worker Nancy Thompson. The two soon become friends and Kristen convinces Nancy that Freddy is still alive when Kristen has the strength to bring someone else into her dreams and does this to Nancy when she is attacked by Freddy. Nancy manages to save Kristen.
Nancy finds out that Freddy is not only after Kristen, but is also after the other patients in the institution; these are the living children of those who killed Krueger before. By means of group hypnosis, she tries to make them all dream the same dream so that they discover their powers. Meanwhile, Neil Gordon, the psychiatrist, receives visits from an unknown mysterious nun named Mary Helena. She tells the man that Freddy was never actually buried and that this must be done in order to banish him to his final residence for good. But they have to hurry when one of the victims is almost killed: after a bad dream with Freddy in it, Joey, one of the other patients, falls into a coma.
Soon, Neil and Nancy are fired when the other employees don’t believe this “nonsense” and the two fully support the children. Kristen is shocked because of Nancy’s absence. While the children are still struggling with Freddy and now simultaneously fall asleep to become stronger with Nancy, Neil, together with Nancy’s father, goes in search of Freddy’s body. But children soon die. Taryn and Will are brutally murdered by the killer. Meanwhile, Nancy, Kristen and Kincaid find Joey. Then Freddy reappears and tries to kill them, but is disturbed by Neil and Nancy’s father, who have now found Freddy’s bones. Freddy manages to switch to his bones and kills Nancy’s father. Then he goes back to the victims and ends up in a fierce fight with Nancy. He stabs her with his glove, but Nancy attacks him with his own glove.
In the end, Neil manages to kill Freddy through the bones, but it’s too late to save Nancy’s life. At her funeral, Neil learns that the nun helped Neil when he managed to kill Freddy. He also discovers that Mary Helena is actually Freddy’s mother, Amanda Krueger.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
Release Date: August 19, 1988
Director: Renny Harlin
Screenplay: Brian Helgeland, Wheats Brothers
Cast: Tuesday Knight (Kristen Parker), Lisa Wilcox (Alice Johnson), Ken Sagoes (Roland Kincaid), Rodney Eastman (Joseph „Joey“ Crusel), Brooke Bundy (Elaine Parker), Andras Jones (Rick Johnson), Danny Hassel (Dan Jordan), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger)
Kristen, Joey and Kincaid no longer have to stay in the hospital. They now lead a normal life and are attending secondary school. Kristen is now Alice’s best friend and is in a relationship with Alice’s brother, Rick. She also hangs out with Sheila and Debbie. When Kristen starts having bad dreams again, she thinks Freddy Krueger is behind it again. During one of her dreams, she pulls Kincaid and Joey with her. They are not too happy with this, as they want to put the incident with Freddy behind.
The night after, Kincaid herself also had a nightmare. He is on the spot where Freddy is buried and watches it being brought back to life. Then Freddy immediately continues his game and kills the helpless boy. Then it is also Joey’s turn. Freddy visits him in his bedroom when Joey falls asleep and kills him too. The next evening, Kristen is also visited. Then it turns out that Freddy needs her help. Kristen is the only minor resident on Elm Street and Freddy wants more children.
He knows she can call other people in her dreams and wants to kill all the teenagers in town this way. Kristen refuses and tries not to think about anyone. But just before she is killed, she screams for help for Alice. While Kristen is thrown into the boiler room and burned alive, she just manages to transfer her powers to Alice. So she has the powers and Freddy the souls. While at a school, Alice accidentally falls asleep while taking a test.
She also draws Sheila into her dream. While Sheila is being murdered by Freddy, Alice is helpless. In real life, Sheila appears to be having an asthma attack. When Alice tries to convince everyone that Freddy is behind this, everyone thinks Alice is going crazy. Not much later Rick is also murdered by Freddy. Alice asks for help from Dan, the one she is in love with. Together they try to go to Debbie, since she is next to get her turn. But Freddy makes sure that when they are in the car, they keep going in circles. Then Debbie also dies because of Freddy. Freddy goes to Alice and Dan. Alice tries to shake him off, but is involved in a car accident.
Dan is now unconscious and is in hospital. Alice tries to save him, as Freddy now has the chance to kill Dan. She manages to temporarily save Dan from Freddy, but they end up in a church. Alice is on her own when Dan is awakened by a doctor. Alice and Freddy battle it out in an ultimate showdown; the church is the battlefield. Alice manages to beat him by showing him his own image. The souls are allowed to escape and Freddy now seems really dead.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
Release Date: August 11, 1989
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Screenplay: Leslie Bohem
Cast: Lisa Wilcox (Alice Johnson), Erika Anderson (Greta Gibson), Valorie Armstrong (Mrs. Jordan), Danny Hassel (Dan Jordan), Whit Hertford (Jacob), Beatrice Boepple (Amanda Krueger), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Michael Bailey Smith (Super Freddy)
Alice and Dan are now a couple. Soon they will graduate from school and then travel around Europe. Just before this happens, Alice has a bad dream: She is walking around a dark institution wearing the clothes of Amanda Krueger. Meanwhile, she is surrounded by a hundred maniacs.
The next day she receives her diploma. She discusses her nightmare with Dan. He says nothing can happen if she doesn’t dream about him. Then they go back to their friends: Greta, a supermodel-to-be, Yvonne, a professional diver and Mark, a comic reader. When she walks to work after school, she hears a group of children singing a rhyme about Freddy Krueger. Then she ends up in the institution again. She is now in Amanda’s body and about to give birth. This is how Freddy is brought back to life.
Freddy runs away, but Alice chases him. Eventually, she is back in the church where she previously killed Freddy. She finds out that Freddy’s mother is also trying to get Freddy back to hell. She cannot do this. When Alice wakes up again, she turns out to be four hours late for work. She immediately calls Dan, who is at a pool party with their friends. He immediately goes by car to the diner where Alice works, but falls asleep on the way. Freddy takes over the wheel and makes sure that Dan is back to square one: By the pool.
This time he takes a motorcycle when the keys to his car are lost. Freddy takes control of the bike. He makes sure that Dan now drives at an enormous speed and that is how the teenager dies. The accident happened to the diner, so Alice saw everything happen. She runs to Dan’s lifeless body. Still, he gets up, but it turns out to be Freddy, causing Alice to pass out. Later she wakes up again in a hospital. Everyone thinks Dan died from drunk driving. They also find out that Alice is pregnant. Alice tries to convince everyone that Freddy is behind this, but no one wants to believe her. Also around this time, she meets Jacob, a little boy.
When she asks Yvonne about the boy, she says that on the floor where Alice is staying, there is no one under the name Jacob. It doesn’t take long before Freddy starts chasing Alice’s friends too. The first victim is Greta. When she falls asleep at a dinner party that could determine her future, Freddy appears. He makes her suffocate and die in her food. Mark is very sad about this, because he was in love with her. Alice starts talking about Krueger again, but Yvonne doesn’t want to hear about it and storms away. Mark stays and listens to her story. Later Mark falls asleep.
Alice wants to save him and goes to the dream world. Mark is lucky enough to wake up, but Alice is still sleeping. She sees Jacob again and finds out that he is her unborn son. She also discovers that Krueger can come to the dreams of her friends through Jacob. Alice now deliberately wants to fall asleep, under Mark’s supervision. Alice wants Amanda’s help to destroy Freddy for good. Freddy turns a crush on this and lures her away by giving her the chance to save Yvonne, who had also fallen asleep and is about to be murdered. Alice saves Yvonne, but Mark has now also fallen asleep. He is killed by Freddy. Alice goes to sleep again, in order to reconnect with Jacob. On the way she meets Freddy. She manages to kill him and goes to Jacob in no time. But then it turns out that Freddy is still alive.
Alice tries to protect Jacob and tells him to run. Freddy is now running after Jacob and Alice after Freddy. Meanwhile, Yvonne finds Amanda. Amanda thanks Yvonne and then goes to Jacob. She tells him that only he can beat Freddy. The boy succeeds after he realizes that Freddy is dangerous.
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Release Date: September 13, 1991
Director: Rachel Talalay
Screenplay: Michael De Luca
Cast: Lisa Zane (Maggie Burroughs), Shon Greenblatt (John Doe), Lezlie Deane (Tracy), Ricky Dean Logan (Carlos), Breckin Meyer (Spencer), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Yaphet Kotto (Doc)
Freddy Krueger has now murdered all the youths all over Springwood except for an unknown boy. He walks the streets with no memory and nothing in his pocket, except for a newspaper article about a woman named Loretta Krueger. Meanwhile, the film focuses on three troubled teens: Spencer, Carlos and Tracy.
Spencer doesn’t want a relationship with his parents, Carlos is abused by his parents and Tracy was abused by her father. They are not only friends, but also patients of psychiatrist Maggie Burroughs. Maggie approaches Doc, who is using his “dream therapy”. Yet it appears to be not entirely safe. Eventually, the unknown boy, John Doe, ends up with Maggie. All he knows himself is that he is the last survivor of something. He also knows that if he goes to sleep, he will never wake up again. That night Maggie looks up information about Loretta Krueger.
In the meantime, she falls asleep and has a nightmare. The next day it turns out that John also failed to keep his eyes open and had exactly the same dream. Maggie decides to take the boy to Springwood, hoping to reminisce. Spencer, Carlos and Tracy also secretly go along. There is a strange atmosphere in the city immediately. There are no children and the few adults are acting strangely. Maggie goes further into town with John, hoping to find out about John’s past. Meanwhile, the other three are trying to get out of town. Maggie and John find out through a crazy teacher that Freddy once had a child. Since John was never attacked, he thinks he is Freddy’s son.
Meanwhile, Spencer, Carlos and Tracy are unable to get out of town and decide to rest in the infamous house where several massacres have taken place. Carlos falls asleep on a bed and meets Freddy in it. Freddy immediately starts his lurid games and kills Carlos. Next, it is Spencer’s turn. Spencer was watching a television commercial with Johnny Depp while awake, and now Freddy is also appearing in it. Soon Spencer is also sucked into television and is also murdered. Tracy also appears to fall into Freddy’s hands but is awakened by the passing Maggie. John is sleeping and is confronted by Freddy. Freddy kills John, but just before his death, he reveals that Freddy’s child was a girl and John’s father was not Freddy. Maggie and Tracy learn that none of the residents except Doc can remember the children killed.
That night Maggie intentionally falls asleep, hoping to run into Freddy. Freddy tells her that she is actually Kathryn Krueger, Freddy’s daughter. He tells her that he became a child murderer when she was taken from him. Then Freddy also tries to kill Tracy and Doc. However, he does not succeed. Doc says it’s possible to pull him into the real world and finish him off here for good. Maggie decides to be the one to do this. This works and they get into a fight. Freddy tries to get her sympathy by saying it’s not his fault he turned out like this. Maggie does not buy into this, manages to get his glove and kills him.
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
Release Date: October 14, 1994
Director: Wes Craven
Screenplay: Wes Craven
Cast: Heather Langenkamp (Nancy Thompson / Herself), John Saxon (Lt. Thompson / Himself), Miko Hughes (Dylan Porter), Robert Shaye ( Robert Shaye), Wes Craven (Wes Craven), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger / Himself), Sara Risher (Sara Risher)
Actress Heather Langenkamp, who became popular for playing the character of Nancy Thompson in the A Nightmare on Elm Street series, lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chase Porter, special effects supervisor, and son Dylan. The actress’s quiet life is disturbed by a stalker who has been stalking her for weeks, calling her home pretending to be Freddy Krueger.
The city of Los Angeles itself is continually struck by a series of extraordinary earthquakes. During a meeting at New Line Cinema, producer Robert Shaye unexpectedly proposes to her to shoot a new chapter in the saga. The actress, shocked by her personal situation and the strange behaviour recently exhibited by her son Dylan, refuses the offer. That same night, her husband Chase is involved in a mysterious car accident on his way home from Palm Springs and dies.
At this point, Heather’s life becomes hell: haunted by day by phone calls from the stalker and by nightmares and hallucinations, she decides to talk about it with director Wes Craven, who is writing the script for the new film. The author reveals that he has decided to write a new episode to imprison the evil entity encysted in the character of Freddy Krueger in fiction and prevent it from manifesting itself in the real world.
Dylan’s mental health deteriorates and the actress is forced to hospitalize him, where the doctor who is treating him suspects that the culprit of the child’s instability is Heather, due to her past in the world of horror cinema. Forcibly kept apart from Heather, Dylan is sedated by a nurse against his mother’s will, allowing Freddy Krueger to come into reality and brutally kill Julie, his babysitter, for all to see. Dylan, sleepwalker and haunted by Freddy, manages to escape from the hospital but is reached by the demon before Heather can stop him.
At this point, the actress realizes that the only way to stop Freddy is to identify with the character of Nancy one last time: following the sedatives left behind by Dylan, Heather finds the dream access to Freddy’s hellish realm. In the final battle, in a timeless pagan environment, Heather and Dylan manage to get the better of the demon, trapping him in a furnace as in the finale of Dylan, Hänsel and Gretel’s favourite fairy tale. The two wake up emerging from the blankets of Dylan’s bed, where Heather finds the finished script of the new movie she has just lived through.
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Release Date: August 15, 2003
Director: Ronny Yu
Screenplay: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift
Cast: Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Ken Kirzinger (Jason Voorhees), Monica Keena (Lori Campbell), Jason Ritter (Will Rollins), Kelly Rowland (Kia Waterson), Chris Marquette (Charlie Linderman), Lochlyn Munro (Deputy Scott Stubbs)
Freddy Krueger literally burns in hell and is forgotten on Elm Street. To regain his strength, Freddy influences the killer Jason Voorhees. Jason goes to Elm Street and murders a teenager. The police quickly believe that Freddy Krueger is back, and Freddy returns to the dreams of the Elm Street children. But he cannot kill again yet.
The new kids on Elm Street don’t know Freddy and, thus, aren’t really afraid of him. Jason, on the other hand, keeps killing children in Elm Street. Through the conversations between the adults, the children also hear the name “Freddy”, so that it starts to appear again in the dreams of the young people. However, Jason kills a sleeping girl, who is suffering from Freddy’s threat in her dream, and takes away a possible victim from him. This leads to a battle between two evil killers – Freddy, who wants his street back, and Jason, who wants to continue killing.
Freddy puts himself in Jason’s dreams and searches for his fears. Meanwhile, Lori, Will, Linderman and Kia, the last survivors of a group that wants to fight the two, try to bring the two “legends” to Crystal Lake, where they can then fight an even fight. Freddy finds out that Jason is afraid of water and takes advantage of it. Jason seems to be drowning in his dream but is saved by Lori, who is able to invade the dream.
The final battle then takes place at Crystal Lake. Lori manages to pull Freddy into reality, and Jason and Freddy fight each other by all means. Lori and Will then blow them up – Jason seems defeated, but Freddy rises out of the water. Before he strikes with Jason’s machete, Jason rams his torn arm into his body from behind. He goes on his knees and Lori beheads him with Jason’s machete. Jason and Freddy fall into the lake and sink. The last two survivors appear to have been saved. In the end, Jason climbs out of the lake in the morning mist. He holds Freddy’s head in his hand, who winks at the audience.
(only seen on the DVD version, but now also in the bonus material of the Blu-ray Disc)
Two months later, Lori and Will have lunch together, and they briefly talk about what has happened in the past. Later, when they make love to each other, Lori gasps in pain. Will starts up, grins like Freddy and grabs Lori by the neck. He holds up his right hand, the fingers of which are growing the blades of Freddy’s clawed glove, and strikes. The film ends with Freddy’s laugh.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Release Date: April 30, 2010
Director: Samuel Bayer
Screenplay: Wesley Strick, Eric Heisserer
Cast: Jackie Earle Haley (Freddy Krueger), Rooney Mara (Nancy Holbrook), Kyle Gallner (Quentin Smith), Katie Cassidy (Kris Fowles), Thomas Dekker (Jesse Braun), Kellan Lutz (Dean Russell), Clancy Brown (Alan Smith)
Weary Dean Russell meets up with his girlfriend Chris Fowles in the cafeteria where Nancy Holbrook works as a waitress. Nancy’s unspoken admirer Quentin Smith and his friend Jesse Braun are seated at another table. They leave when Chris comes in because she’s Jesse’s ex-girlfriend and he doesn’t want to see her with anyone else. Dean tells Chris that he has purposely not slept in three days. He says that if he falls asleep, he will be killed by a man covered with burns and razors on his hands who lives in his dreams.
Chris thinks Dean is on the loose, but when she walks away from the table for a moment, Dean falls asleep. When she returns, she sees Dean slit his own throat with a knife. He has his eyes closed and it is as if his hand is being forced by an invisible person. At Dean’s funeral, Chris sees a photo of her and Dean as five-year-olds. She just doesn’t know any better than she and Dean first saw each other in high school. Her mother avoids the subject. Chris then begins to dream of a man who must be the same as the man Dean was talking about.
Not only she, but also Quentin, Jesse and Nancy appear to have recently had nightmares about him. They begin to realize that falling asleep is perilous, because any injury the murderer of their dreams inflicts in their sleep manifests itself in reality. Those who are killed in their nightmares really die. Staying awake only becomes more and more difficult as the hours go by, and after seventy hours there will be micro-sleeps anyway. What is real and what is a dream then becomes difficult to distinguish. Nancy is becoming increasingly convinced that there is a connection between her and her friends that goes back further than high school, which they all thought they met there.
Together with Quentin, she finds a photo showing that they were all in the same kindergarten. A maintenance man who was crazy about the kids, Fred Krueger, worked there. Over time, several children sometimes came home with injuries. They told their parents that Krueger did when he took them to his “secret tunnel.” That tunnel was never found, but a crowd of enraged parents wanted to lynch Krueger and chased him until he locked himself in the kindergarten boiler room. He barricaded the doors so that his pursuers could not catch him. Quentin’s father Alan Smith then threw in a burning barrel of gasoline. Krueger is burned alive.
The children forgot about him as the years passed. Their parents made an agreement never to mention his name again. The dream Krueger can only exist when someone remembers and thinks about him. When Dean told Chris what he dreamed about and died, the memories of Krueger began to resurface in her and through her friends as well. The more they remember, the more powerful he becomes and he wants revenge on the former children of the time. Nancy finds out on the internet that most of their former kindergarten has already died under suspicious circumstances and that they are the last that Krueger has not yet caught.
Do you have to watch the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies in order?
Well, since the first seven movies tell the nearly complete story of Freddy Krueger, we advise you to watch them in order so that you can get a complete grasp on the whole narrative. You’ll want to continue with Freddy vs. Jason, since it complements the story in a way, although it’s not really part of the original heptalogy, but you should definitely watch it afterwards, and it would be best to watching after seeing the whole Friday the 13th franchise, as well as Craven’s original heptalogy. The 2010 reboot is a stand-alone film so you can watch it anytime you want.
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