What is the best Nightmare on Elm Street order for the watch?

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The Nightmare on Elm Street movie series in one of the most popular in the horror genre. Ranked with other top-selling horror icons such as Chucky, and Jason from Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street has been a terrifying movie goes since 1984. Since then and with great consistency, Wen Craven has been delivering awesome flicks with the latest one being released in 2010.

Wen Craven played a helping hand in both the writing and producing of all six current films in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, and currently has planes for a future tenth movie. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone because in the almost 25 years of the franchise this character just keeps on gaining traction both at the box office and in popular culture.

Nightmare on Elm Street order to watch a whole franchise

The good thing about the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise is there is no need to watch movies in order. For the most part, they are standalone movies with their own individual plots. That’s not to say that it’s not preferable to watch them in order, chronologically, it’s just not necessary.

The Nightmare on Elm Street viewing order for all films is:

1.) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

2.) A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

3.) A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

4.) A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

5.) A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

6.) Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

6.) Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

7.) Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

8.) A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

The first movie will obviously explain subsequent movies, but you should be able to jump in mid-series and figure out what’s going on. Early movies explain Freddy Kruger killed in their dreams, and thus killed in reality, with a bladed leather glove.

This franchise has deep roots in popular iconic culture. Almost everyone could identify the infamous Freddy dolls, and there are tons of toys, costumes, games, and other movies who reference him. It’s been featured and parodied in many movies as well as TV shows, and many comic books.

If you thought the Nightmare on Elm Street series was one of the scariest horror movies you’ve even seen, you are not alone. In fact, the original film, A Nightmare on Elm Street released in 1984 was actually very scary movie ever. Both fans of scary movies, this series will probably see a wealth of new movies in future. So whether you watch Nightmare on Elm Street order chronologically, or skip around, enjoy this famous piece of American horror genre.