Ranking the “A Nightmare On Elm Street” Franchise from Worst to Best
A Nightmare on Elm Street is arguably the most well-known Slasher franchise of all time, spanning nine movies over four decades with varying levels of quality. The success of this nightmare fuelled film series is largely down to the infamy of the wise-cracking antagonist, Freddy Krueger. Even 37(!) years on from the first film Freddy still has an aura of notoriety surrounding him, which speaks volumes of the legend of old Pizza Face Pete. With that in mind, let’s have a look at the terrifying highs and painful lows of Springwood’s most malevolent resident.
#9 – A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Fans of the franchise may already be surprised to see ‘The Dream Child’ ranked as the worst in the series, but there is a good reason for this. In reality, the fact Freddy Krueger is ultimately defeated by a kid puking on him should be enough justification to have this entry at the bottom of the barrel. But it gets worse. Throughout the run time I had to endure the most terrible acting, a supernatural serial killer on a skateboard, and the worst one-liners ever uttered on film. This truly was the instalment which cemented the idea of Krueger now being a pantomime villain as opposed to a horror icon. Don’t get me wrong, ‘Dad Joke’ Fred is a great character, but only if he maintains a sinister streak while making us smirk. Sorry guys, a few grotesque practical effects can’t save this dumpster fire sequel. I would comment on the plot of this pathetic excuse of a movie, but there are so many holes and inconsistencies that make my brain hurt even just thinking about them. This movie truly was the death of an icon. Speaking of Krueger dying…
#8 – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
The entry that most fans consider the worst in the franchise comes in at a close second. I didn’t think it was possible, but Freddy is even less menacing in this movie than in The Dream Child. The once menacing villain is now a parody of the wicked being he once was, but is that a bad thing? Yes. Yes, it is. However, the movie is almost self-aware with Freddy breaking the fourth wall on more than one occasion, confirming to the audience he is no longer to be feared. Ultimately this is a very weak finale to a great franchise, which is even weaker when you realise the awesome potential this movie had. The original plan was for the Dream Warriors to return and defeat Krueger once and for all, which would have been so satisfying to see. We instead see Burny McKnifehands meet his demise from a headbutt, a nose bite and a pipe bomb. I wish I could say this was the last time we saw a poor Krueger on screen, but that is definitely not the case.