Which is the best Elm Street film?
I have cobbled together my rankings of the Nightmare on Elm Street films. My list does not include the 2010 remake nor does it include Freddy vs Jason, which for me do not sit within the original canon of films.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street – utterly terrifying. Wes Craven’s visionary original stunned audiences in 1984 with the introduction of Freddy Krueger. The shocking kill of Tina still leaves an imprint on the mind
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 – Dream Warriors – set in a psychiatric ward, the third film brings back Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon from the first film. The kills are inventive, Freddy is not too comical, the characters are memorable
- Wes Craven’s New Nightmare – or Elm Street 7, if you will. Smartly done, the actors play themselves and start being haunted by Freddy. Robert Englund manages to be creepy in and out of costume.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 – The Dream Master – some of the survivors from the third film return for this outing. Production values are high, it’s a fun ride and Freddy is just on the verge of being a parody of himself
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 – The Dream Child – despite a superb opening sequence, this sequel does not quite come up to par with the fourth film but do we get more of an insight into Freddy’s history which is interesting
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 – Freddy’s Revenge – this is a weird one and I nearly placed it at the bottom of the list. It doesn’t feel like it belongs with the others, because Freddy is getting someone to act out his kills for him. On the plus side, the high school bus sequence remains one of the single most memorable moments in any Elm Street film to date
- Freddy’s Dead – The Final Nightmare – the sixth outing is placed last as it just feels it is running out of steam. Freddy’s daughter is now central to the plot and the teenagers are retreads of those from the third film. Johnny Depp makes a cameo. Not awful, but not the sequel I would rush to put on