|Also known as||Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series|
|Created by||Wes Craven (characters)|
|Presented by||Robert Englund|
|Theme music composer||Nicholas Pike|
Gary S. Scott
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||44 (list of episodes)|
Scott A. Stone
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
New Line Television
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (1989–present)
|Original release||October 8, 1988 – March 12, 1990|
Freddy's Nightmares (full title: Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series) is an American horror anthology series, which aired in syndication from October 1988 until March 1990. A spin-off from the Nightmare on Elm Street series, each story was introduced by Freddy Krueger (played, as in the movies, by Robert Englund). The pilot episode was directed by Tobe Hooper, and begins with Freddy Krueger's prosecution on child-murdering charges ending in a mistrial due to the discovery that his arresting officer did not read Freddy his Miranda rights. A mob of parents eventually corners Freddy in a boiler room (his workplace), leading to him being torched by the police officer, dying and gaining his familiar visage.
The series was produced by New Line Television, producers of the film series, and Stone Television. It was originally distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures. Afterwards, Warner Bros. Television would assume syndication rights after acquiring Lorimar-Telepictures in 1989. On October 2, 2015, the El Rey Network announced that it would begin airing the series toward the end of the year, and on November 3, 2015, the series began airing on the network.
Due to the murderous basis of Freddy Krueger, New Line Cinema opted to not develop a television series with a regular batch of characters to mix it up with Krueger on a continuous basis; deeming it futile, since he would inevitably kill most of them, and there would be no one left. Instead the producers created an anthology series, employing a new crop of actors to be used for each episode.
Each week Freddy's Nightmares told a different story of a dark rooted and/or grim nature that took place in the fictitious town of Springwood, Ohio, and in particular, on Elm Street; the same setting as the A Nightmare on Elm Street films. Though the Freddy Krueger character would occasionally play a part in the plot, most of the stories did not involve him (it was, however, often hinted that Krueger indirectly influenced the desolate nature of the plotlines).
Krueger's primary function was to host the series. He was featured in regular bumper segments, where he would offer an ominous or slapstick reaction to the happenings of the episode—culminating in him giving a quick, and usually eerie, epilogue at the end.
One element that makes the series unique is its two-tier story approach. Most of the episodes feature two different stories that each take up the first and second halves. Every second story, however, usually built on a character who played a minor (or supporting) role in the first.
Due to budget restraints, the producers of the series were forced to use unknown actors, rather than some of the stars associated with the theatrical franchise. The only actor from the film series retained for the TV series was Robert Englund, as Freddy Krueger.
Some of the featured actors who went on to later become notable were:
- Robin Antin (A&M Records recording artists The Pussycat Dolls)
- Sarah Buxton
- Kyle Chandler
- Morris Chestnut
- Joshua Cox
- Richard Eden
- Mariska Hargitay
- Eva LaRue
- Phill Lewis
- John Cameron Mitchell
- Bill Moseley
- Yvette Nipar
- Lori Petty
- Brad Pitt
- Tim Russ
- Richard Speight, Jr.
Other notable guest stars featured in the series were:
- Timothy Bottoms
- Jeffrey Combs
- Jeff Conaway
- Mary Crosby
- Ellen Albertini Dow
- Tony Dow
- Diane Franklin
- Richard Gautier
- Tamara Glynn
- Bob Goen
- Tiffany Helm
- Joyce Hyser
- David Lander
- George Lazenby
- Lar Park Lincoln
- Dick Miller
- Susan Oliver
- Jay Thomas
- Tracey Walter
- Jill Whitlow
Home video releases
In the USA, five VHS tapes were released by Warner Home Video in September 1991. Each tape featured one episode. The episodes released were:
- "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
- "Lucky Stiff"
- "It's My Party and You'll Die If I Want You To"
- "Dreams That Kill"
- "Freddy's Tricks and Treats"
- The Nightmare Begins Again: "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Killer Instinct"
- Freddy's Nightmares 2: "Sister's Keeper" and "Freddy's Tricks and Treats"
- Rock My Freddy: "Judy Miller, Come on Down" and "The Bride Wore Red"
- Saturday Nightmare Fever: "Saturday Night Special" and "Cabin Fever"
- Do Dreams Bleed?: "Do Dreams Bleed" and "Rebel Without a Car"
- Freddy's Mother's Day: Mother's Day" and "Black Tickets"
- Safe Sex: "Safe Sex" and "Deadline"
- It's a Miserable Life: "It's a Miserable Life" and "Love Stinks"
DVD & Blu-Ray
In 2003, Volume 1 (the first 3 episodes) was released on Region 2 DVD in Ireland and the UK, by Warner Home Video. Volume 2 was also planned for release later that year, however, Warner canceled the release due to poor sales.
In 2011, a Blu-ray collection of the original seven A Nightmare on Elm Street films was released in the US. The set included a DVD with special features, which included two episodes of the show ("It's a Miserable Life" and "Killer Instinct").
NBC Universal's horror and suspense-themed cable channel Chiller previously aired Freddy's Nightmares with marathons once a month. Season one and two were shown one after another, with commercial breaks, however, the channel stopped broadcasting the show on April 1, 2011, with the last episode shown on March 31, 2011.
In Sweden TV4 Guld was airing the show every week from 2010-2012.
Since November 3, 2015, El Rey Network acquired the rights to air the series.
- "Epi-Log #8 (July 1991) - Freddy's Nightmares". Star Tech. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- "Freddy's Nightmares — Home Video | Nightmare on Elm Street Companion — Ultimate Online Resource to Horror Series A Nightmare on Elm Street". Nightmareonelmstreetfilms.com. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- amazon.co.uk listing of Volume 1
- amazon.co.uk listing of Volume 2. Note how, despite showing a release in 2003, it shows "Classification: To be announced"
- RL Shaffer 23 Oct 2012 (2012-10-23). "A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection Blu-ray Review". IGN. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- Barkan, Jonathan (2 November 2015). ""Freddy's Nightmares" Returns This Week to El Rey! - Bloody Disgusting!". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
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- Freddy's Nightmares at the Internet Movie Database
- Freddy's Nightmares at TV.com