I am continuing on from my first post about the best sequels or horror series. You can look at the first entry here.It has been a while since that post and I am going to focus on another horror franchise this time..It is A Nightmare On Elm Street and the endless follow ons...
Let's begin with the original and the best movie in the series. I am talking about A Nightmare On Elm Street from 1984. This movie started it all and it remains the finest one in the franchise. Freddy Krueger was brought to life and Robert Englund was cast in a role that he would play so well for many years to come. Wes Craven directed this movie and created Freddy Krueger. Heather Langenkamp was Nancy, the girl who dreams of Freddy. Her boyfriend is Glen played by the then unknown Johnny Depp who ends up being sucked into his bed! This film has it all. There is nothing bad about this movie at all and when you see the remake, you just realise how good this original movie is.
After the first movie, a sequel emerged. Freddy's Revenge was released in 1985 and he was back with a vengeance to kill more teens.I have reviewed that here. After this, the sequels continued. The third movie in the series was called Dream Warriors, released in 1987 and it was reviewed here. The Dream Master was in
1988 and my review can be read here. The fifth entry was called The Dream Child and I have a review for that here. That was in 1989. The supposed final entry in the series was Freddy's Dead:The Final Nightmare in 1991 and somehow you just knew that it was not going to be the end of Freddy Krueger. Freddy was supposedly killed in this movie, but what do you know? He came back!
Wes Craven went back to directing with the 1994 movie Wes Craven's New Nightmare. This movie was different from the rest of the sequels. It was not just the usual Freddy versus teens. It had a little more depth.Then came the hilarious Freddy Vs Jason in 2003. Who won the battle? We are not too sure, but it was funny as hell. Now I come to the bad part. I was not happy to hear of a remake of the original A Nightmare On Elm Street and even less impressed with the movie. They should have left it alone and made another sequel instead of trying to reboot the whole series. It is really a case of been there, done that. If you really want to experience Freddy Krueger, then watch the original movie and maybe the sequels, but steer clear of this remake. It really IS a nightmare!