There are several figures that immediately come to mind when discussing horror icons; each of them is deserving of sending chills down our spines.
In addition to the Woman in the Well Sadako and the killer doll Chucky, Freddy Krueger is also present in all of his horrifying grandeur. Krueger stalks individuals in their dreams before killing them with the help of his instantly recognizable glove, fedora hat, and striped sweater.
The character reached new heights as a result of Wes Craven’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and as a result, many people adore the Freddy Krueger films.
Freddy plays both a hero and a terror in his movies. Despite being the main antagonist of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series, Freddy Krueger has a creepy charm that makes fans want to binge-watch all of his films, even when it’s not Halloween.
Freddy has been around for 40 years and has slashed his way through innumerable crossovers, sequels, reboots, and re-imaginings. He even had a two-season anthology TV show (unfortunately, “A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy’s Nightmares” cannot be streamed). It’s simple to lose track of how many Freddy Krueger movies there are since he has so many in his deadly collection.
How Many Freddy Krueger Movies Are There?
There are NINE Freddy Krueger movies out there right now. Which are:
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
- Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
- Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
- Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010, reboot)
How to Watch the Freddy Krueger Films in Order
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The plot of the franchise’s first six movies is uncomplicated. The story does, however, become a little muddled by the fourth or fifth picture, much like other horror movie franchises with more than five films under their belt. The timeline in Freddy’s case becomes muddled after “The Final Nightmare.”
If you intend to watch all of Freddy Krueger’s films in chronological order, bookmark this list, prepare some popcorn, and keep your fingers crossed that Freddy won’t haunt your dreams after each one.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
It all began with this movie, with Freddy Krueger and his glove of razors. The narrative centers on Freddy’s murderous rampage in made-up Springwood, Ohio. The psychotic killer went for Nancy Thompson and her pals, injuring them both in real life and in their nightmares. Except for Nancy, he almost succeeds in killing everyone.
Marge, Nancy’s mother, tells her that Krueger was a child killer who was murdered by the Springwood family after he was exonerated on a technicality. When Nancy loses her fear of the murderer, she is able to drag him out of his dream world and drain his energy.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
In his second movie, “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge,” Freddy is back for retribution. This time, shortly after moving into Nancy’s former house, Jesse Walsh and his family are the targets of the crazed dream murderer. Before the killer can take over Jesse’s body, Jesse begins to have Freddy nightmares. By kissing him, Jesse’s girlfriend Lisa exorcises Freddy from his body and saves him.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
In the third movie, Nancy Thompson makes a comeback, but this time she’s all grown up and working as an intern therapist in a mental hospital. When she gets to Westin Hills, she discovers that her former foe Freddy is murdering kids there.
Nancy assists Kristen Parker and her pals Kincaid, Will, Taryn, and Joey in discovering their dream talents so they can put a stop to Freddy with the aid of Dr. Neil Gordon.
Neil also encounters Freddy’s mother Amanda in spirit form, who instructs him to bury Freddy’s body in sacred land to put an end to his bloodshed. Freddy murders Nancy before he can be buried, though.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
Kristen is let go from Westin Hills in the sixth movie, but she is aware that Freddy hasn’t really disappeared. She’s correct, too.
Unknowingly releasing Freddy, who then kills Joey and Kincaid, she does. Kristen passes her dream abilities to her friend Alice Johnson before Freddy can get to her.
When Alice begins luring individuals into her dreams, Freddy begins to receive fresh prey. Alice approaches Freddy after realizing what is going on and utilizes the Dream Master’s power to free the souls he has taken. He is killed as they peel themselves away from him.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
In “A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child,” which picks up immediately after the events of the fourth movie, Freddy attempts to exploit Alice’s unborn child Jacob as a means of his resurrection.
When his mother Amanda’s ghost appears, she reveals the horrific circumstances behind Freddy’s conception. To stop the killer long enough for him and his mother to leave the dream world, Amanda persuades the unborn Jacob to utilize the powers that Freddy gave him against Freddy.
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
In the opening scene of “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare,” Freddy murders every child in Springwood, Ohio, all except one of whom has no memory of him. When a therapist sends this “John Doe” back to Springwood to try to help him regain his memories, Freddy’s nightmares are let loose.
Freddy desires to build brand-new “Elm Streets.” His past, which includes being mocked by others, being physically assaulted by his stepfather, and murdering his wife when she learns of his propensity for killing children, is revealed by his daughter Maggie through novel dream techniques.
She also witnesses him approving a deal with the Dream Demons that would allow him to live eternally. In the end, Maggie kills Freddy with a pipe bomb after yanking him from the dream realm.
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
Wes Craven makes a comeback to the Freddy Krueger film series in the seventh film, playing himself and the other creators. In this movie, Freddy is actually an evil spirit that has been imprisoned in the Freddy-themed movies.
The entity, which adored playing the role of Freddy, tries to elude into reality now that the movies have ended. The creature runs across Heather Langenkamp, who it recognizes as Nancy. To vanquish the demon, Craven begs Langenkamp to play Nancy one final time.
Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)
Freddy meets Jason Voorhees from “Friday the 13th” in one of the most famous horror movie crossovers ever. Because the residents of Springwood are no longer terrified of Freddy, he is deteriorating.
In order to bring Jason to Springwood to spread fear and panic, he assumes the identity of Jason’s mother Pamela. Jason does this, but in the process, he also kills more people. As a result, the two villains engage in combat in both the dream world and Crystal Lake.