A Nightmare on Elm Street (franchise)

horror film franchise

A Nightmare on Elm Street is an American horror franchise that is made up of nine slasher movies, a television series, novels, and comic books.

The franchise began with the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) created by Wes Craven. The series revolves around the fictional character Freddy Krueger, a former child killer who after being burned alive by the vengeful parents of his victims, returns from the grave to terrorize and kill the teenage residents of Springwood, Ohio in their dreams.

The original movie was written and directed by Craven, who returned to co-script the second sequel, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), and to write and direct New Nightmare (1994). The movies together made over $457 million at the box-office worldwide.

The movie were distributed by New Line Cinema.[1] A remake of the 1984 movie was released in 2010, and a second remake is currently being planned.[2][3][4]

Freddy Krueger was played by Robert Englund from 1984 to 2003. The character was soon played by Jackie Earle Haley in the 2010 remake. Another well-known character from the franchise is Nancy Thompson, who was the first character to fight against Freddy and live. She is played by Heather Langenkamp in the 1980s and by Rooney Mara in the 2010 remake.




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