Graveyard Shift

A Timeline Of How 'Nightmare On Elm Street' Went Completely Off The Rails

There are so many memorable figures in the slasher film world: the hockey-mask-wearing Jason Voorhees of the Friday the 13th franchise; the ominous, silent "Shape" Michael Myers from Halloween; the twisted Ghostface killer from Scream; and of course, the horrifically burned Freddy Krueger, the razor-claw-wielding stalker of teenage dreams in the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise. 

When Freddy Kruger was created in 1984, audiences were terrified by his very presence. This was a man who was burned alive in our world, only to survive and exact his revenge in the next. While Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and Ghostface could stalk any of the unsuspecting teens in their films, they still have the ability to run and hide when trying to evade these killers. Not so much with Freddy Krueger. Instead, Freddy came to them in their nightmares the moment they fell asleep. Shut your eyes, and there was nowhere to hide. 

As time went on, Freddy lost his edge (so to speak). The once-wonderful villain became saddled with slapstick-grade quirks and was known to let a few quips fly before cartoonishly slaughtering his victims in the sequels. One girl was turned into a bug before Freddy squished her. Another movie featured Freddy taking control of a TV and smashing someone's face into it. Granted, the Elm Street series remains one of the most successful horror franchises in history, alongside the hard-to-resurrect Friday the 13th and Halloween, but it's certainly had its fair share of bumps along the way.