Series / Freddy's Nightmares

"No no no! Don't touch that dial. Here's what's on my mind tonight."
Freddy Krueger, in the show's promos

Freddy's Nightmares is Horror Anthology Series hosted by Freddy Krueger.

Each episode features two separate stories, usually connected by the first part's supporting character who takes the role of a protagonist in the second part.

Freddy himself appears in some episodes terrorizing another Victim of the Week. Other episodes revolve around teenagers and adults who go through quite unusual dream sequences which lead them to death or insanity.

This series contains examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: The series overused this to the point of inverting it. The trope was so ridiculously commonplace that the real twist was when an episode didn't turn out to be just some random character's dream/hallucination/daydream/dying dream.
  • Asshole Victim: Several episodes have this with their main characters.
  • Axe-Crazy: The Chopper in "Do Dreams Bleed?", who runs around Sprinfield at night, chopping his victims with an axe.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Freddy never loses in his episodes.
  • Bad Humor Truck: First episode shows that Freddy used an ice cream truck to lure in children.
  • Black Comedy: When Freddy Krueger appeared as the host, he would frequently use Cryptkeeper-style lines and delivery.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Starr, Annie, and Emily, respectively featured in the second half of the episode "Deadline."
  • By-the-Book Cop: The cop who arrested Freddy Krueger but forgot to sign a warrant was actually one of these, and frowned upon the idea of the parents of Springwood getting together and administering justice on Freddy themselves when the case against him was dismissed.
  • The Cameo: Aside from his hosting segments and the few episodes starring him, Freddy would sometimes have a quick blink-and-miss-it appearances in the actual stories.
  • Catch-Phrase: The Chopper's catchphrase in "Do Dreams Bleed?" is "It's time to take your medicine!" (that medicine being an axe buried in your head).
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Protagonist of the second half of an episode is sometimes a person who had no real importance in the first half.
  • Colon Cancer: The full name of this series is Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series.
  • Continuity Nod: The fast food restaurant Beefy Boy from the second episode appears in several subsequent ones.
  • Daydream Surprise: When not resorting for everything being a dream, some segemts would turn out to be extended daydreams had by the main characters.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: Protagonist of the first half of "Interior Loft - Later" is an artist who fakes his death to cash in on this.
  • Deadly Game: Episode "Judy Miller, Come on Down" had its main character have a nightmare that she was in a game show, with the lives of her in-laws as the prize. They end up as empty husks filled with ants.
  • Demonic Possession: First half of "It's My Party and You'll Die If I Want You To" has Freddy possessing a Phony Psychic.
  • Depraved Dentist: Freddy takes this role at the end of the first episode when he kills Lt. Blocker, complete with drills on his glove.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In "Freddy's Tricks and Treats," Freddy starts tormenting the main girl because she refused to believe in him.
  • Drugs Are Bad: The subject of a episode "A Family Affair" which ended with an uncharacteristically grim Freddy saying "Drugs... now there's a real nightmare."
  • Dying Dream: Some episodes' ending.
  • Giving Them the Strip: In the episode "Sister's Keeper", Freddy is attacked by twin girls, one in front to distract and one in back to attack. When she swings her bat to attack Freddy, he vanishes and his clothes drop to the floor.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Freddy. He was only directly involved in the plot of eight episodes, though a few implied he was pulling the strings behind the scenes.
  • Hope Spot: In the first segment of "The End of World", Freddy temporarily gives a girl the power of changing the present through her dreams. She uses it to prevent the death of her mother, but then learns that now her father is dead instead. Freddy then takes the power away right after this revelation.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: "Freddy's Tricks and Treats" (Halloween) and "Mother's Day".
  • Horror Host: Freddy himself, an undead serial killer, served as the host of this Genre Anthology.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: In the episode "Love Stinks", a pizza parlor using "a special ingredient" appeared. Also - "Prime Cut" and "Dust to Dust".
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Freddy, who (at least in the TV show) is never defeated by anyone.
    • Allison in the episode "Sister's Keeper" repeatedly bullies and harass Merit and never gets any comeuppance. Neither does Lisa's boyfriend, who tries to make a pass at Merit behind Lisa's back. Granted, Lisa did find out.
  • Last Dance With Mary Jane: Happens in "Killer Instinct", in which a dead girl comes to see her boyfriend for the last time.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Several characters mention that Freddy always wore the same red and green sweater and brown hat.
  • Man on Fire: Freddy in the first episode, unsurprisingly.
  • Monster Fangirl: Caitlin from "Safe Sex" is this to Freddy, at least for a while...
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Freddy Krueger gets such a moment in the pilot episode, and then the opening credits. Once he's been set on fire, he triumphantly shouts "I'm free, I'm free!" and laughs maniacally before he dies, as though he already knew what his death would bring.
  • Nightmare Dreams: You bet!
  • Off on a Technicality: Freddy is acquitted in the first episode because the police forgot to read him his Miranda Rights.
  • Off with His Head!: Many characters meet this fate. The most notable example is "Killer Instinct" with its symbolical decapitation by a finish line.
  • Pronoun Trouble: A reoccurring trend in the first half of "Heartbreak Hotel", which ultimately screws over the main character (a tabloid writer who can cause events based on his proposed headlines). "Billionaire leaves newspaper empire to reporter after he takes poison." Who took it? The billionaire, or the reporter? In fact, the stinger with Freddy makes An Aesop out of this.
    Freddy: Learn the use of the proper pronoun... or die!
  • Rewriting Reality: In "Heartbreak Hotel", a tabloid writer realizes his proposed titles wind up coming true, so he creates one final one to make himself rich, but the ambiguous grammar makes it go wrong.
  • Riding the Bomb: Freddy is shown doing this in "The End of the World" after his plan for nuclear war fails.
  • Serial Killer:
    • Freddy himself.
    • The Chopper from "Do Dreams Bleed?".
  • Shout-Out:
    • The first episode title ("No More Mr. Nice Guy") is one to Alice Cooper.
    • In "Freddy's Tricks and Treats", Mark tries to pull off a scary prank while wearing a hockey mask.
  • Spiritual Successor: The Freddy Krueger's Tales of Terror book series had a lot in common with the show; each installment even had a cheesy opening and epilogue done by Freddy.
  • Start of Darkness: The show's first episode, which retells Freddy's death at the hands of an angry mob.
  • Strictly Formula: The series (the first season, at least) usually went like this: That awesome opening. A cheesy intro with Freddy. Character doing something fairly mundane. Weird, inexplicable shit happens. It turns out it's all just a dream, hallucination or the character is dying. Cheesy epilogue with Freddy. Fin.