Don’t worry, we didn’t include the remake.
Whenever anyone asks me who my favorite villain is, I always answer Freddy Krueger. When they ask for my favorite franchise, I answer A Nightmare on Elm Street. My lifelong obsession with horror can be traced back to a childhood obsession with Freddy Krueger, so I guess you could say that the franchise is pretty near and dear to my heart. I have many fond memories of renting the various Elm Street films on VHS from my local Blockbuster, and lest you doubt how into Freddy I was at a young age, I’ve got the childhood drawings and cosplay photos to prove it.
I wasn’t scared of Freddy. He was my pal. My superhero. He just happened to, ya know, be a mass murderer. Hey, I never said I was a normal child. But I’ve got a feeling you can relate.
To this day, the Elm Street films represent, to me, the pinnacle of horror movie excellence. Each of them driven by incredible performances from Robert Englund and full of fun characters and mind blowing practical effects, the Elm Street movies are the most creative in the annals of slasher cinema – that’s what drew me in as a kid and keeps me coming back as an adult.
It’s fun to watch Jason Voorhees slash up teens in the woods, there’s no doubt about that. But you can’t just top the creativity and balls-out wackiness of the Elm Street franchise.
In any event, I didn’t come here just to share my Freddy love. I also wanted to show off a massive gallery of my favorite behind the scenes photographs from the sets of the various films in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. I’ll never be able to go back in time and visit those sets, but looking at these photos (which I’ve been collecting on my desktop) never fails to make me smile.
I hope they’ll have the same effect on you.