All the Nightmare on Elm Street Movies, Ranked

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One of the most popular horror films of all time, Wes Craven writes and directs freddie began as a low-budget independent film released in 1984 that grew into a nine-film franchise. To date, the freddie The franchise continues to haunt imaginations with a villain in Freddy Krueger who has become a pop culture sensation. Just this year stranger things 4 leans heavily on its Freddy-inspired roots, and there are rumors of a A nightmare on Elm Streett streaming series in the works at HBO Max.

There is no lack of Nightmare on Elm Street ratings, and that goes for pretty much every popular movie series. Instead of ranking movies by audience or critical rating, we’ll take the average of the two according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Keep in mind that audience scores won’t be completely accurate. The majority of A nightmare in the streets of Elm films were released in the 1980s and early 90s, and there was no widely used viewer rating system at the time. Audience scores are based on more modern perspectives on the movies, and perhaps only a small percentage of people reviewing Rotten Tomatoes have actually seen any of these movies in theaters. The best advice is to take scores with a grain of salt.

9. Freddy’s Dead: The Ultimate Nightmare (1991)

Credit: New Line Cinema

Critical Rating: 24%

Audience rating: 32%

Average: 28%

Freddie is dead was an absolute misfire of a movie. As the subtitle suggests, Freddie is dead was supposed to be the end of the line for the youngster A nightmare in the streets of Elm franchise, which by this point had become a shell of the original, with Freddy Krueger an exaggerated caricature of himself. What never ages well are the horribly clichéd 3D effects. While it might have been fun to see Freddy’s gloved hand pop out of a real movie screen in 1991, the effect is lost on average television without 3D viewing capability. Pair that with a truly awful story, and there’s not much to like Freddie is dead.

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Credit: New Line Cinema

Critical Rating: 15%

Audience rating: 43%

Average: 29%

In the early 2000s, reboots were all the rage. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was dusted off in 2003, Rob Zombie made the first of his pair of Halloween remakes in 2007, and Jason got a new hockey mask in 2009 Friday 13. It was normal for Freddy to bring out his finger knives for the 2010 Nightmare to restart.

Considering the trend of poorly received horror remakes, the bar was pretty low for this one. To be fair to actor Jackie Earle Haley, he had an uphill battle on his hands. Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger is loved by horror fans everywhere, and filling his shoes is nearly impossible.

The update Nightmare The 15% critical rating was lower than each of its reboot predecessors. Fans were more forgiving, which they tend to be, especially when it comes to bad movies. The public generously scored it 43%, though that still falls into the rotten rating.

7. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

Credit: New Line Cinema

Critical rating: 29%

Audience rating: 31%

Average: 30%

The Elm Street creative team took advantage of the Dream titles. First there was the dream warriors followed by master of dreamsonly to be overcome by the dream child. It’s a shame that the sixth film of the freddie the franchise wasn’t called “Dream’s End” or anything cringeworthy. You would think that an average audience/critic score of 30% would be the bottom rung of any movie list, but not freddie franchisee With Freddie is dead two years later, the producers had to dig a little deeper before burying the original Mr. Krueger franchise.

6. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

Credit: New Line Cinema

Critical rating: 41%

Audience rating: 33%

Average: 37%

Comedy horror movie fans must watch the sheer madness that is A nightmare on Elm Streettime 2: Freddy’s Revenge. From gruesome special effects and cringe-worthy performances to hysterically over-the-top murders, the Jack Sholder has achieved Freddy’s Revenge is escapist cinema and unintended comedy at its finest.

Taking over directing duties from Wes Craven who declined to work on the sequel, Sholder attempted to prevent the sequel from being a numerical repeat of the original. Instead of regurgitating his predecessor, Sholder and screenwriter David Chaskin had Freddy try his hand at demonic possession. Low budget as it was, Freddy’s Revenge has cool visuals of Freddy tearing Jesse’s skin from the inside. The story itself was absurd, and Freddy is overcome by the power of love, which melts his face. If you haven’t seen the budgie exploding scene, enjoy this video.

5. Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)

Credit: New Line Cinema

Critical rating: 41%

Audience rating: 50%

Average: 45.5%

Every time a movie brings together two fan-favorite characters from opposing franchises, audiences will pay to see them go head-to-head. The dream match (or is it a nightmare?) between Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees had been teased for 10 years since Freddy made a surprise appearance in late 1993 Jason goes to hell.

After a dozen steadily declining quality films between the two horror icons, fan expectations were understandably low. All everyone wanted was a movie that would pay homage to the characters’ origins and provide plenty of fan service on the way to a proper turnaround between horror heavyweights. That’s exactly what Freddy vs. Jason delivered. The story had more holes in it than Bonnie and Clyde’s Ford Fordor, but it was right about the titular characters.

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Master of Dreams (1988)

Credit: New Line Cinema

Critical rating: 52%

Audience rating: 43%

Average: 47.5%

The public or the critics in no way thought A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Master of Dreams the film was a masterpiece, but the film was better than expected at this point in the franchise. This does not mean The Master of Dreamswas good or even loved; it just wasn’t as abysmal as it could have been. Much of this can be attributed to Freddy Krueger’s pure entertainment. Four years after the original made waves in the slasher category, New Line dragged the dead horse a few more feet, and that should have been the merciful end of the Nightmare honesty, but that’s never the case.

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

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Credit: New Line Cinema

Critical rating: 71%

Audience rating: 68%

Average: 69.5%

After Freddy’s Revenge fell flat, the bar was low for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: dream warriors. When it comes to slasher movies, fans are mostly looking for villains to kill in increasingly bloody yet inventive and fresh ways. This is where NightmareThe premise of the dream works in its favor.

Marking of the return of the original A nightmare on Elm Streett director Wes Craven, the dream warriors was a highlight of the Nightmare franchise, especially in a creative and fun way Freddy murders his sleeping victims. Don’t forget the third Nightmare the film also starred Hollywood stars Laurence “Larry” Fishburne and Patricia Arquette.

With Freddy’s series of one-liners and his darkly comedic murders, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: dream warriors makes for a fun horror movie experience.

2. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Credit: New Line Cinema

Critical rating: 78%

Audience rating: 66%

Average: 72%

In a sense, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare was both a reboot and a continuation all rolled into one. What was clever about Craven’s story was that she seriously broke the fourth wall. Fourth-wall breaks are common these days, and they’re almost always played for laughs as a wink and wink to the audience.

Often, films become too self-aware, completely alienating the audience from the narrative being told. Here, the concept of Freddy, a monster that already exists in the psyche in the context of previous films, invading the “real world” through the minds of the cast and crew is an inventive way to forge new land in the Nightmare franchise.

1. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Credit: New Line Cinema

Critical rating: 95%

Audience rating: 84%

Average: 89.5%

There’s no overtaking the original, and that’s almost always true for horror movie franchises, especially freddie.

Wes Craven’s take on the slasher film has everything a horror fan could want. Gallons of fake blood and gore, a unique soundtrack that stands out from other horror films of the era, and one of Freddy Krueger’s most beloved monsters of all time. No one will ever do the role better than Robert Englund, who infused the character with an indispensable personality that separated him from slasher contemporaries Michael Myers, Leatherface and Jason Voorhees.

In today’s era of increasingly fake sound stages and so much CGI that the line between live action and cartoon is blurred, there’s a certain nostalgia for the hands-on special effects of freddie. Considering they ran on a budget of $300,000, which was tiny compared to blockbuster films of the time, the film looked good, especially Johnny Depp’s blood geyser scene.

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