Referenced By: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Bringing nightmares to the popular culture since the eighties, Elm Street has been refenced in many places; usually with "A Nightmare on X" titles, clothing with green and red stripes or Captain Ersatz-versions of the series main villain, Freddy Krueger.
Anime and Manga
Anime and Manga
- A grey alien appears in a vision wearing a red and green striped shirt in Serial Experiments Lain, giving a creepy smile.
- One of the three horror-character lookalikes in that Sledge Hammer confronts in the first issue of Marvel's Sledge Hammer! comic is a talon-fingered Crazy Teddy, whose "nightmares are insane".
- Doctor Strange faces off with Freddy-lookalike named Eddy in a Marvel Comics Presents story "A Nightmare on Bleecker Street".
- One issue of RoboCop: The Future of Law Enforcement features a string of crimes perpetrated by people who have been hypnotized to believe they are fictional characters. One of these people is a man dressed as Freddy Krueger, who tried to hijack a security truck.
- Freddy's killings are mentioned during the opening of Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. Furthermore, the house featured in the original movie is shown and there's a shot of three little girls in white playing jumprope.
- In Scream, the film's director Wes Craven, who also directed the original Elm Street, cameos as Fred the janitor who wears a fedora and a sweater with green and red stripes.
- In Evil Dead 2, one shot of the basement shows Freddy Krueger's glove hanging on a wall. This is a returned Shout-Out, as a clip from The Evil Dead (1981) was used in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), because Evil Dead featured a poster for The Hills Have Eyes. Recursive Shout-Outs, anyone?
- In Cal Leandros book Blackout, one of the horror Shout-Out aliases that Cal uses is "Calvin F. Krueger".
- Weird Science has an episode titled "Nightmare on Chett Street".
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Killed by Death" has a monster called Der Kindestod, who is sometimes referred to as "Der Krugerstod".
- Eerie Indiana's second series (subtitled The Other Dimension) had an episode titled "Nightmare on Eerie Street".
- AdventureQuest Worlds has a story titled "Nightmare on Twig's Street: The Dweam Swayers", with an antagonist named Twiggy Krueger.
- The fifth boss in Crime Fighters has gloves similar to Freddy's.
- One of the enemies in the Graveyard stages of Gex featurs an enemy who doesn't just have Hockey Mask and Chainsaw, but who also wears a green and red striped t-shirt.
- This Square Root of Minus Garfield strip shows Garfield having a nightmare about being eaten alive by an armchair. He wakes up, only to find Jon dressed as Freddy Krueger.
- Some of the pre- and post commercial segments in the Halloween episodes of Atop the Fourth Wall feature Linkara dressed as Freddy Krueger.
- The Cinema Snob: Brad Jones reviewed A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) in 2014 with his character bewildered that Freddy isn't funny in this film.
- The Simpsons
- In Cape Fear Bart is scared because he received some death threats by mail. He suspects everybody. At one point Ned Flanders approaches him with a scissor knife hand much like Freddie Krueger, but it turns out he was using it to trim his garden hedge.
- The sixth Treehouse of Horror Halloween Special had a segment titled "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace", where Groundskeeper Willie became a Freddy-like figure after buring to death.
- Freddy himself appeared during the Couch Gag of the ninth one.
- He also appeared in the fifth one, as one of the "ghouls" dragging Homer out of the storeroom.
- South Park
- Freddy himself appears in the episodes "Imaginationland" and “Insheeption".
- One of the episodes bears the name "A Nightmare on Facetime".
- Pound Puppies (2010) had an episode titled "Nightmare on Pound Street".