20 Things You Didn’t Know About The Nightmare On Elm Street Franchise

RIP Wes Craven.

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After a battle with brain cancer, director Wes Craven has died at the age of 76, robbing the world of one of the single greatest creative minds in horror movie history. It was, after all, the legendary filmmaker who created A Nightmare On Elm Street, and one of the most instantly recognisable icons in Hollywood in Freddy Krueger.

How different the nightmare maker's career could have been. The original Nightmare was  only intended as a single standalone, but such was Krueger's immediate success that a franchise was born. 

Somewhat unfortunately, the series got increasingly silly with every instalment, but that doesn't dilute the impact of the character or of the original film. Both remain incredibly popular for a reason, and that kind of affection breeds intrigue. So how did Craven come up with the idea for Freddy? What did Robert Englund bring to the performance that wasn't scripted?

In celebration of the sadly lost icon - and looking ahead to a new remake of his finest work - we're looking back at the franchise that kept millions of kids awake at night...


Lover of horror movies, liker of other things. Your favorite Friday the 13th says a lot about you as a person, and mine is Part IV: The Final Chapter.