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  • Cash Cow Franchise: Candy, dolls, masks, the aforementioned board game, video games, a dance album, a phone line where Freddy tells you scary name it. Enough so that New Line Cinema is sometimes called "The House That Freddy Built"; it was their first big success, and basically put the studio on the map.
  • Cast the Runner-Up:
    • Mark Patton, who would later be cast as Jesse Walsh in the second film, auditioned for the role of Glen Lantz and claimed that the auditioners had been narrowed down to him and Johnny Depp before Depp got the role.
    • Lisa Wilcox and Lezlie Deane auditioned for roles in The Dream Warriors. They would later be cast as Alice Johnson and Tracy Swan in the following sequels.
  • Channel Hop:
    • Believe it or not, Disney, of all studios, was the first studio Wes Craven pitched the franchise to. He sought out other studios after Disney urged him to tone down its violent content.
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    • As of October 2019, the IP rights to the franchise have reverted to Wes Craven's estate, with it being possible that any future works will be produced outside of New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.
    • The television rights were itinerant in the early days of the franchise, with the first two films going to The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Dream Warriors going to Columbia Pictures Television, and The Dream Master going to Worldvision Enterprises before finally settling at franchise home New Line beginning with The Dream Child.
  • Fan Nickname: They’re often called "Fredheads".
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  • The Other Marty: David Warner was originally cast as Freddy, but left the production due to a scheduling conflict.
  • Referenced by...: Has its own page.
  • Typecasting: Robert Englund played Freddy in all of the original films and Freddy vs. Jason. Apart from all the makeup it requires, he does enjoy the role. The whole "typecasting" thing was lovingly mocked on MA Dtv early in that show's run, when Englund did a guest spot for a Halloween Episode. During his appearance, everyone kept describing Englund, as his big claim to fame, his other famous genre role of "Willie", the comic relief alien from the original V mini-series. Englund responds quite angrily, pointing out to each cast member who calls him "Willie", that he played Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street films. But everyone keeps referring to him as "The guy who played Willie on V" instead of "the Nightmare On Elm Street guy", much to his dismay and anger.
  • Vapor Ware:
    • The reality television show Real Nightmares, which had six episodes made but never aired.
    • The Freddy Vs. Jason video game.
  • The Wiki Rule: The A Nightmare On Elm Street Wiki, seen here.
  • What Could Have Been: The NES game was originally going to have the player be Freddy, as he takes on the kids himself. This was probably changed due to fear of possible controversy.
  • Wes Craven chose to give Freddy his trademark clawed glove after seeing his cat clawing his couch, and realized that fear of claws is a Primal Fear that has been with humans since prehistoric times, when we were still regularly preyed on by big cats.


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