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A Nightmare on Elm Street: Every Movie Ranked According To Critics

Let’s rank every A Nightmare on Elm Street according to the critics’ score. Now that the spooky is here to stay for a while, it goes without saying that we will revisit one of our favorite classic horror movies. The first-ever A Nightmare on Elm Street was first made in 1984 and a reboot released in 2010. The franchise mainly focuses on Freddy Kruger – a ghost of a former child killer who was burned to death by the parents of his victims. He later returns from his grave to haunt the local teens, terrorizing them and killing them in their sleep. While the movie remains truly horrific, today we will ve ranking every movie from the franchise according to the scores given by the critics. Check it out!

9) A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010): Average Score – 25

A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

It was 2010 when we saw Watchmen‘s Jackie Earle rocking the famous Freddie Kruger. Some of the critics loved Earle’s take on the character but some believed that he didn’t live up to the true vibe that Robert Englund brought to the table. Overall, it wasn’t a great show.

8) Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare: Average Score – 29

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare

The third act was developed in 3-5 to give the audience a fresh angle but once things didn’t work out. While some critics found the film to be weak once again, some critics thought that the film’s dark humor held the film together.

7) Freddy Vs. Jason: Average Score – 39

Freddy Vs. Jason
Freddy Vs. Jason

The movie easily makes the must-watch horror films with not much debate. Two titans of the horror genre face each other, Kruger and Jason. Even the critics were heavily divided between the messy plot and somewhat weak acting, the movie left its mark and became a cult classic.

6) A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge: Average Score – 42

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Wes Craven was off the hook for this one and the creators released a sequel in less than a year. With better effects and dialed-up humor, it gained some box office power even though the movie was slower than scarier. However, critics came back to judge the movie and it too became a cult classic.

5) A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child: Average Score – 43

A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

The movie dived into the crimes of Freddie Kruger and took paternal motivation in 1989’s fifth installment. Once again, the critics slashed the roots of the movie and considered its classic humor now stale.

4) A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master: Average Score – 55

A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

Director Renny Harlin did magic with this one as the movie surprisingly won over a lot of critics. However, some critics noticed that the visual power could not last long due to the weak plot. This was the time where the critics got tired of the youthful actors and even Freddie. But the music video-styled nightmares impressed many.

3) A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors: Average Score – 61

A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors

It was this 1987 flick that had a group of teenagers who were ready to fight back and end the era of Freddie. This time, the critics finally adored the strong acting while some critics still ridiculed the movie for its plot. But at best, the movie did wonders.

2) Wes Craven’s New Nightmare: Average Score – 71

Wes Craven's New Nightmare
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

Wes Craven’s attempt in 1994 was a surprise critical winner. It was the last time Robert Englund put on the makeup however he did reprise the role once again in Freddy vs Jason. Finally, the critics found Craven’s movie to be fresh and intelligent. Englund even went as far as to say that this movie was his favorite in the franchise.

1) A Nightmare On Elm Street: Average Score – 85

A Nightmare On Elm Street
A Nightmare On Elm Street

The fresh concept, crisp direction, and imaginative scores, everything factored in making the 1984 film a true cult classic. It quickly started getting compared to other horror hits such as Psycho. So, which one is your favorite movie from the franchise?

Written by Deepak Vasisht