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Series: Freddy's Nightmares aka: A Nightmare On Elm Street
"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 unusualdream 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.
Axe Crazy: The Chopper in "Do Dreams Bleed?", who runs around Sprinfield at night, chopping his victims with an axe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Limited Wardrobe: Several characters mention that Freddy always wore the same red and green sweather 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.
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 its all just a dream, hallucination or the character is dying. Cheesy epilogue with Freddy. Fin.