A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is an American horror franchise that consists of eight slasher films, a television show, novels, and comic books initially developed by Wes Craven, with various other individuals taking over those jobs for each sequel. The franchise is based on the fictional character of Freddy Krueger, introduced in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), who stalks and kills teenagers in their dreams; if Freddy kills the teenager in the dream world then they are ultimately killed in the real world. His motives were to seek revenge on their parents, who had burned him alive years before the events of the first Nightmare film. The original film 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 original film was released in 1984, and following its success a series of sequels was produced by the independent film company New Line Cinema. New Line often attributes the growth of their company to the success of the Nightmare franchise.[2] The film series as a whole has received mixed reviews by critics, but has been a financial success at the box office. When comparing the United States box office grosses of other American horror film series, A Nightmare on Elm Street is the third highest grossing franchise in adjusted US dollars.[3] 
 
In 1988, a television series was produced with Freddy as the host. The pilot episode focused on the night Freddy was burned alive by the angry parents of the children he had killed, though the rest of the series featured episodes with independent plots. Twelve novels, separate from the adaptations of the films, and multiple comic book series were published featuring Freddy Krueger.

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Deadpool
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Weasel compares Wade's face to Freddy Krueger from this film series.

Freddy vs Ghostbusters

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Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
part of Friday the 13th

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This Movie refers to A Nightmare on Elm Street
Freddy's clawed hand coming up and grabbing the mask was a reference to the Nightmare on Elm Street series and a foreshadowing of the Freddy vs. Jason movie.

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30 Rock:
Season:  5  / Episode:  3 
Let's Stay Together

This Television Episode is based on A Nightmare on Elm Street
The staff buys Liz a nameplate with "F. Krueger" (Freddy Krueger) on it because she once got a bad chemical peel which made her face look like Freddy's burns.

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The Cleveland Show:
Season:  2  / Episode:  9 
Beer Walk!

This Television Episode refers to A Nightmare on Elm Street
Rallo dresses up as Freddy and jumps out of the refrigerator to scare Donna.

Modern Family:
Season:  2  / Episode:  18 
Boys' Night

This Television Episode refers to A Nightmare on Elm Street
Phil describes the next door neighbor, Mr. Kleezak, as being scarier than if Hannibal Lecter and Freddy Krueger had a child together.

Happy Endings:
Season:  2  / Episode:  16 
Cocktails & Dreams

This Television Episode refers to A Nightmare on Elm Street
Dave shows up at the bar wearing a new outfit. He is dressed in a red and black striped sweater with a black hat - looking like Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street movie series.

30 Rock:
Season:  4  / Episode:  16 
Floyd

This Television Episode refers to A Nightmare on Elm Street
Tracy and Jenna are having nightmares about Kenneth, so they decide to "Elm Street" him by killing him in their dreams.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:
Season:  1  / Episode:  12 
Kimmy Goes to Court!

This Television Episode refers to A Nightmare on Elm Street
Let the devil and all his Freddy Kruegers after you

The Cleveland Show:
Season:  3  / Episode:  3 
Nightmare on Grace Street

This Television Episode refers to A Nightmare on Elm Street
The title of this episode of 'The Cleveland Show' is a parody of the title of the film series 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'.

The Simpsons:
Season:  2  / Episode:  11 
One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish

This Television Episode refers to A Nightmare on Elm Street
The sushi bar that the Simpson family visits is located on a street called Elm Street, a reference to the A Nightmare on Elm Street film franchise.[

Modern Family:
Season:  3  / Episode:  18 
Send Out the Clowns

This Television Episode refers to A Nightmare on Elm Street
Phil explains that a rival real estate agent has the nickname of Nightmare on Elm Street, because she's ruthless, and she sold a house on Elm Street.

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AMC Fear Fest Commercial

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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
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Wes Craven's New Nightmare
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Freddy vs. Jason
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