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"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 a 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.
  • Alternate Continuity: The circumstances of Freddy's death are completely different from what was eventually shown in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare and Freddy vs. Jason, and the finale indicates that the films are just that (films) in this timeline, as the episode ends with Freddy's friend Howard stealing and getting rich off of a script titled "A Nightmare on Elm Street".
  • 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.
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  • The Bad Guy Wins: Freddy never loses in his episodes.
  • Bad Humor Truck: The 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 Crypt Keeper-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 officer 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.
  • Catchphrase: 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: The protagonist of the second half of an episode was 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.
  • Continuity Snarl: The pilot has the technicality that gets Freddy off changed from the search warrant not being signed to Freddy not being read his rights.
  • Daydream Surprise: When not resorting to everything being a dream, some segments would turn out to be extended daydreams had by the main characters.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: The protagonist of the first half of "Interior Loft - Later" is an artist who fakes his death to cash in on this.
  • Deadly Game: "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: The 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. Examples of this include the announcer's voice changing to Freddy's in "Judy Miller, Come on Down", a character's reflection talking back to that character in Freddy's voice in "Saturday Night Special", and a Freddy nightlight appearing out of nowhere ("I didn't buy that") in "Black Tickets."
  • Hollywood Law: The circumstances around the collapse of Freddy's trial in the first film were already an example of this, but the pilot episode of this series turns the trope Up to Eleven, by having the entire case instantly thrown out simply because Freddy claims he wasn't read his rights when he was arrested. In real-life, any remotely competent judge would instantly dismiss Freddy's claims as hearsay unless either the arresting officer confessed to the mistake or a reliable witness confirmed Freddy's account. And even if Freddy's claim was accepted, it would only render anything that Freddy himself said following his arrest to be inadmissible; it wouldn't affect the eyewitness accounts or the material evidence that the prosecutor presented.
  • 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 harasses 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.
  • Killed Offscreen: Randy Jennings, the teenager from "Dream Come True", is offhandedly mentioned to have died towards the end of the first segment of the Sequel Episode, "Dreams That Kill".
  • 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.
  • Pet the Dog: "It's My Party and You'll Die If I Want You To" reveals that Freddy had one friend growing up, a socially awkward dweeb named Howard who, to this day, insists that Freddy "wasn't such a bad guy, once you got to know him". After an annoyed Freddy murders a Hollywood screenwriter who had wrote a script about him, he lets Harold steal the dead man's screenplay.
    Freddy: That afternoon, my old buddy Howard caught a flight to Hollywood, sold his screenplay, and the rest, as they say, well, the rest is history. Fame, fortune, my life story on the silver screen. If my friends could see me now. But, of course, they're all dead.
  • 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.
  • Sequel Episode:
    • Several, most episodes of the second season are either a Sequel Episode or have one. How connected they are to one another varies.
      • "Sister's Keeper", which features Freddy haunting twin sisters who are the daughters of the cop whom Freddy killed in the very first episode: "No More Mr. Nice Guy".
      • "Dream Come True", which is about a therapist getting haunted by Freddy in the first half and a cameraman investigating kills done by Freddy has a sequel in the form of "Dreams That Kill", which is about a tv host being haunted by Freddy then a teen with the tv host's brain transplanted into him.
      • "Photo Finish" which deals with Freddy hunting down models and then federal agents investigating the murder of a family has "It's My Party and You'll Die if I Want You To", which is about a psychic being possessed by Freddy and then Freddy crashing his high school reunion.
      • "Memory Overload" which first half revolves around a drunk college professor, and second half deals with one of his students committing credit fraud for her boyfriend, has "Monkey Memories" which is about a said boyfriend, a gambling scientist thinking he is making contact with aliens and being hunted by loan sharks, and the second half dealing with a fellow scientist works with a monkey coming under fire from animal groups.
      • "Lucky Stiff" deals with a woman finding out her dead husband has won the lottery, and her efforts to kill any of those to keep the money. The plot carries on in "Easy Come, Easy Go".
      • "Bloodlines" and "Do You Know Where Your Kids Are" deal with a girl who may or may not be the Antichrist.
      • "Prime Cut" deals with people stuck in a canyon and forced to resort to cannibalism has "Dust To Dust" deal with the cannibals contracting a disease from a test subject.
      • "Welcome to Springwood" and "Funhouse" all deal with people moving into houses in Springwood, united by the Turk, the moving man.
      • "Silence is Golden" features a disc jockey in its first half being plagued by a mime, then said mime being haunted by victims of his burglary. This is followed by "A Family Affair" where the mime's girlfriend become a homewrecker for a family.
  • 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.
  • Showing Off the New Body: A con-artist medium gets trapped in a trance by Freddy during one of her schemes and he takes control of her body. He immediately strips her body down to her underwear, taunts her about it, and then spends the rest of the episode strutting around like that.
  • 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.
  • Today, X. Tomorrow, the World!: Said by Freddy in "The End of the World".
    Today Springwood, tomorrow the world.
  • Two Shorts: Each episode deals with two plots, usually connected by a recurring character in the first upgrading to a main character in the second. This essentially becomes Four Shorts in the second season by proxy of the numerous sequel episodes.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In the pilot episode, Freddy fantasizes about killing everyone in the courtroom his trial is being held in, including his lawyer who just got him off the hook.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In many episodes the characters' nightmares are connected to their personal fears and phobias.


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