Written by: John Edward Betancourt
Yesterday we spent a little time looking at the more embarrassing moments in Freddy Krueger's history, and boy were they awful. So now that we have gotten those horrible memories out of the way, it's time to focus on what gave this franchise its staying power; the fact it scared the hell out of us.
So without further ado, Girls of Geek is proud to proud to present to you the best films that A Nightmare on Elm Street had to offer.
5.) A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
The Plot: A new family has moved onto Elm Street, and their teenage son suffers from a common illness in Springwood, bad dreams. Freddy has found a young man named Jesse and has let him know, that one way or another, he will help Freddy kill. But despite his best efforts to resist, Krueger is taking over his body and soul and soon the only thing that will remain of Jesse, is a horribly burned serial killer that craves the souls of children.
The Lowdown: Let's start with the sheer reason that this film is on the bubble. The locker room scene. Seeing a coach "terrified" of flying tennis balls requires a certain level of disbelief. Yet there is a sigh of relief in the fact that this is the only stupid scene in Freddy's Revenge. The rest of the film is genuinely creepy, with a odd feeling of dread that permeates throughout the film as it progresses. Robert Englund is solid in this picture and brings us one twisted version of Krueger as he murders one kid after another with pure pleasure on his face. This is what The Dream Child could have been. A rare gem in the franchise that often goes overlooked, but full of nightmarish moments that make it worth your while.
4.) A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
The Plot: The survivors of Westin Hills and the last of the "Elm Street Children" have managed to defeat Freddy and have returned to society. But despite their best efforts to forget the evil known as Fred Krueger, their fear fuels his resurrection and he begins to kill them one by one. But as Freddy begins his killing spree anew, he may have at last met his match, by way of a shy girl named Alice, who knows more about dreams than anyone could ever imagine.
The Lowdown: Sadly, the scares are quick and easy in this one, which is what puts this entry in the franchise in its current spot. You won't feel uncomfortable after watching this one, but you will be satisfied. With slick direction, fine acting and the most creative kills in the franchise, this was the big one for Freddy as since it became one of the most popular in the series. That alone puts it into the upper echelon of the saga, but it is also a cold reminder that is where everything peaked. As since it was all downhill from here.
3.) A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
The Plot: The last surviving children of the parents who took revenge on Freddy Krueger continue to be plagued by their parents mistake, as their bad dreams and Freddy inflicted injuries land them all in the Westin Hills Psychiatric Institute. It is here that another survivor of Freddy's vendetta; Nancy Thompson, will discover that one of the patients can draw others into her dreams and with strength in numbers they may at last defeat the Son of a 100 Maniacs.
The Lowdown: Despite some of the twisted moments of this film's predecessor, I think this is where we all discovered just how evil Krueger really is, and just how far his power can reach. There was nowhere for any of the kids to hide, with clever disguises and easy traps Freddy was able to dispatch of so many in this film in satisfying fashion. With a solid cast, the return of Nancy and a slam bang finale, this is definitely one of the best in the series.
2.) New Nightmare
The Plot: Time has passed, Freddy is nothing more than memory for the cast and crew of A Nightmare on Elm Street. That is until Wes Craven begins work on a new Krueger film, and things begin to change. Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy in the series begins to dream of a new Freddy, one so ruthless and bloodthirsty that it may be something more than imagination, it may be a creature that has truly come to life and Heather may be the only person able to stop it.
The Lowdown: This seventh entry in the series, gets major points for being the boldest of the Elm Street films. Challenged with bringing about a story that breaks the fourth wall, but also manages to scare, Wes Craven does an outstanding job, as does Robert Englund. This time around Freddy is definitely a terrifying creature, so much in fact that you will find yourself hoping for a cheesy one liner just to make you make you comfortable if only a for a moment. Somehow the formula of this film works, and you are instantly drawn in to a film that is not light on the scares and restores honor to the franchise.
1.) A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Plot: One by one Nancy Thompson's friends are dying in their sleep. The cause seems like nothing more than coincidence, until the man responsible presents himself to her. A horribly burned man with a glove of razor sharp claws named Freddy Krueger is hunting the children of Elm Street. Now it is a race against time as Nancy does everything she can to stay awake, but she is on borrowed time, and with fatigue settling in, she must find a way to defeat the mad man of her dreams.
The Lowdown: The first was always the best. A fresh concept at the time, a cast that shined on screen and a performance that made Robert Englund a legend of horror. With revolutionary special effects that played out like a dream, and sequences that were absolutely ripped out of our nightmares, Wes Craven brought forth a horror film like no other. There are moments in this film that do feel dated however, but all of that is easily forgotten when Freddy appears on screen and the terror draws you in once more. Unfortunately, nothing will ever recapture this kind of movie magic ever again, this film was just that special.