Name some horror icons. Go on. Think of as many as you can. Now narrow them down to the ones that everyone knows about. Forget about Brundlefly for a moment. I think the shortlist goes something like this: Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolfman, Jason Voorhees and, of course, Freddy Krueger.
Everyone knows the conceit on the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Freddy is a child killer burnt alive by a mob of angry parents. Years later, Freddy returns as a supernatural force who can invade your dreams and kill you in your sleep. Conceptually, this is brilliant. Truly one of the most promising and intriguing horror concepts ever devised. This is a guy who goes after you when you're at your most vulnerable, when your guard is down. Genuine terror sauce in its purest form.
Maybe it's because I love the concept, maybe it's because I liked the idea of a killer with personality instead of the silent Jason type, but for whatever reason, I've always considered myself a Freddy fan despite having not seen all of the films (and not having watched any of them in years). With the remake of the first film just around the corner, I decided it was time to fill in those final gaps. I was going to watch all of the Nightmare on Elm Street films. In a row.
In one sitting.