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A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Freddy Krueger


Freddy Krueger is a fictional character from the A Nightmare on Elm Street series of horror films. He first appears in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) as a disfigured, dream stalker who uses a glove armed with razors to kill children and teenagers in their dreams, which ultimately results in their death in the real world. He was created by Wes Craven, and has been portrayed by Robert Englund in all of the Nightmare on Elm Street films, as well as the television series.

Krueger is undead, and can attack his victims from within their own dreams. He is commonly identified by his burned, disfigured face, red and dark green striped sweater, brown fedora, and trademark metal-clawed brown leather glove. Wizard magazine rated him the 14th greatest villain, the British television channel Sky2 listed him 8th, and the American Film Institute ranked him 40th on its "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains" list.



A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)


Cast: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz, Katie Cassidy, Connie Britton

Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley) returns in A Nightmare on Elm Street, a contemporary re-imagining of the horror classic. A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another...but when they sleep, there is no escape.

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)


Cast: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Monica Keena, Jason Ritter, Kelly Rowland, Chris Marquette, Brendan Fletcher

It has been almost 10 years since one of the scariest horror characters of all time, Freddy Krueger (Englund), invaded the dreams of a generation to exact his deadly form of revenge and murder. Now, Freddy has entered into the dreams of another master of evil - the unstoppable Jason Voorhees -- plunging cinema's two greatest titans of terror into a battle to end all battles.

Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)


Cast: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Miko Hughes, Wes Craven

Wes Craven's New Nightmare is the seventh entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street series of slasher films. This film is not considered part of the series continuity because it takes place in "reality". Freddy Kreuger, upset that he was killed off in the last "Nightmare on Elm Street" movie, attempts to murder his creators and actors from his previous films.

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)


Cast: Robert Englund, Breckin Meyer, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Yaphet Kotto, Ricky Dean Logan, Lezlie Deane, Tobe Sexton

Over the course of ten years, Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) has returned and succeeded in killing nearly all of the children in the town of Springwood, Ohio. The only surviving teenager, known only as "John Doe" (Shon Greenblatt) throughout the film, finds himself confronting Freddy and being deliberately thrown through an invisible barrier into the outside world. He finds himself wandering the streets with no memory of who he is, and with a newspaper article about a woman named "Loretta Krueger".

A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)


Cast: Erika Anderson, Beatrice Boepple, Lisa Wilcox, Robert Englund

Taking place shortly after The Dream Master, Alice (Lisa Wilcox) and Dan (Danny Hassel) have now started dating and there is no sign of Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). Alice begins to have dreams of a young nun, with a name tag for "Amanda Krueger", being locked away in an asylum full of maniacs. Upon graduating from high school, Alice and Dan plan their getaway to Europe. Alice has made some new friends: Greta (Erika Anderson), a supermodel in training, Yvonne (Kelly Jo Minter), a future Olympic diver, and Mark (Joe Seely), a comic geek

A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)


Cast: Tuesday Knight, Ken Sagoes, Lisa Wilcox, Robert Englund

Kristen begins to have bad dreams and feels as though Freddy has once again come back from the dead. During one of her nightmares, she pulls Kincaid and Joey into her dream. In school the next day, Kincaid and Joey confront Kristen about pulling them into the dream.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)


Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Heather Langenkamp, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette, Robert Englund

Born the bastard son of a hundred maniacs, demented killer Freddy Krueger is back for fresh vitims in this hallucinatory shocker co-written by original creator Wes Craven. The last of the Elm Street kids are now at a psychiatric ward where Freddy haunts thier dreams with unspeakable horros. Their only hope is dream researcher and fellow survivor Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp), who helps them battle the supernatural psycho on his own hellish turf.


A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)


Cast: Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, Clu Gulager, Hope Lange, Marshall Bell, Robert Englund

It has been five years since the events of the first film. A new family, the Walshes, have moved into the former home of Nancy Thompson. The Walshes' son, Jesse (Mark Patton), happens to move into Nancy's old room. He eventually begins to have nightmares of Freddy (Robert Englund) demanding that Jesse kill for him.

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)


Cast: John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Jsu Garcia, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

The film's premise is the question of where the line between dreams and reality lies. The villain, Freddy Krueger, thus exists in the "dream world" yet can kill in the "real world". Sequels to the original would continue to blur the distinction between dream and reality before finally challenging the line between film and reality by showing Heather Langenkamp, playing a fictionalized version of herself, haunted by the villain of a series of films she has starred in.


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