The Entire Nightmare On Elm Street Story Explained
Since appearing in 1984, Freddy Krueger has become an iconic horror villain. But how did he go from a child killer in a grimy Christmas sweater to Jason Voorhees' puppeteer? Here's the breakdown of the entire, original Nightmare on Elm Street story.
Our first real introduction to Freddy Krueger comes in the form of a dream that high schooler Tina has one terrible night. She later shares the experience with her friends, Nancy, Glen, and Rod, who have all been having the same dreams about the same man.
It's soon revealed that the monster in their dreams was once a human child killer who became the target of the town's parents after the legal system failed to bring him to justice.
Somehow, Krueger figured out how to live on in the dream world, and now he wants to murder the children of the parents who killed him. Luckily, Nancy eventually defeats him after dragging him into the real world. After their confrontation, Nancy walks outside her house, and all seems well. Her friends are alive, and everything is sunshine and roses … until the car suddenly turns into a Freddy-mobile and traps everyone inside.
Five years later, in Freddy's Revenge, a kid named Jesse and his family move into Nancy's old house on Elm Street, and an entirely new cast of characters are tormented by Freddy. Jesse's dreams of Freddy are a little different from Nancy's, in that Jesse never really finds himself in any danger of being killed. But when he and his friend, Lisa, find Nancy's old diary, he realizes exactly who he's up against. Keep watching the video to see the entire Nightmare on Elm Street story explained!
A killer in dreams | 0:15
Waking life | 1:07
The mental hospital | 1:59
Freddy's soul collection | 2:35
Freddy's origin story | 3:25
Freddy has a daughter | 3:57
The big crossover | 4:58
Freddy gets meta | 5:41