For the better part of a decade, Freddy Krueger was a pop culture icon; he wasn't just a boogeyman, he appeared in pop songs and on TV commercials. In 1988, he even had his own 1-900 number where you could call and chat with the mass murderer. And, looking back on the "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise, it was a work of unparalleled creativity and bloodshed. It basically created New Line Cinema, at the time a struggling distributor and indie that would go on to become a mini major (before being bought by Warner Bros.) and its legacy remains.
As far as modern monsters go, it is hard to beat Freddy. As "Freddy vs. Jason" celebratSo its with this that we look back on the entire series and rank which series that gave us more than one nightmare. (For more on the subject, we recommend the lengthy, totally indispensable documentary “Never Sleep Again.”)