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Jason Goes to Hell : The Final Friday (1993)

The only outing for Jason in the 90s came in the first film by New Line Cinema who had taken the rights to the Franchise. It was, once more, meant to end the series and set up for something a little different, that something didn’t come till the 00s and after yet another Jason outing but we’ll talk about that later.

After one of the worst Jason movies the whole mythology of Jason was explored (kind of) and a new formula was attempted.

There is a lot to be said for The Final Friday.

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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Five year after Mrs Voorhees went on a murdering spree in Camp Crystal Lake another bunch of counsellors show up at a camp down the road to set up… Well… Camp.

In 1981 Friday 13th returned a year after its original outing. Part 2 actually introduced us to Jason Voorhees for the first time replacing his mother as the monster of the piece killing unexpecting teenagers.

With a change of director and writer Friday the 13th lived on with Jason running wild.

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Friday the 13th (1980)

In 1980 director Sean S. Cunningham and writer Victor Miller gave the world the franchise that just keeps on giving. Friday the 13th as a franchise has given us 10 movies, a remake and a cross over with the Nightmare on Elm Street.

It also gave people the world over a fear of a man in a hockey mask and a machete who just can’t be killed.

We follow the many victims of Jason on a week long horror on Friday the 13th.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

We are going a little out of sink with the movies. When looking at these series we will be looking at the remakes too so it was only fair that we end with the 2010 remake that starred Jackie Earle Haley as the iconic Master of Dreams in the first film to star Freddy Krueger and not have Robert Englund play him.

The remake decided to go down a completely different path once more. It said goodbye to the old mythology behind the character and created its own and reinvented Nightmare’s in its own way.

The movie isn’t held in high acclaim but for me it did what the majority of other remakes failed and actually tried to do things differently.

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Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Only 3 years after The Final Nightmare the man who created Freddy and hadn’t been involved in the series since Dream Warriors, Wes Craven, returned to pen and direct a new Krueger movie.

This turned out to be the final movie for nearly a decade for the Dream Master and also marks the final outing of Robert Englund’s Freddy in a singular movie (the next movie and last movie Englund played Freddy is the crossover Freddy vs Jason.)

The movie moves away from the setting of the original run of movies and reinvents Freddy and the situation in a new and well done manner.

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Freddy’s Dead : The Final Nightmare (1991)

The Sixth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series claims to be the final installment. Set ten years after the last movie and with all the teenagers/children of Springwood dead Freddy is going to find that he needs to spread his wings if he wants any more victims.

Released in 1991 The Final Nightmare was the first Freddy film outside of the 80s and had the biggest opening weekend of all the Freddy films before Freddy vs Jason. A all new cast, same old Freddy, same old Nightmare.

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

I get to review the fifth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. By now the 80s had been deprived of sleep by Freddy, scared to watch TV, scared to sleep on water beds if Amanda is anything to go by. Plenty of teens had fallen to the hands of, or claws of even, Freddy Krueger.

It has been a patchy ride though with the first and third films being remembered as classics and the second and fourth being so-so.

The fifth is the last of the 80s outings for everyone’s favourite Nightmare.

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

I felt cheated out of a proper Freddy movie so I get to do probably my favourite of the series. Wes Craven came back to help write the movie and we re-enter the dream worlds of Freddy instead of having him join us in our world.

It also saw the return of Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) and a whole new plot to bring down the master of the realms of sleep. Much more like the first movie then the second one we go back to the over the top murders, the teenagers being picked off one by one and we even get to learn more about Freddy.

The third of the franchise is seen as being the best one bar the original so we’ll have to see about that!

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

Pete started off the Halloween season with the first chapter in the story of Freddy Krueger. A year previously and the sweater wearing dream murderer had, or possibly hadn’t, been defeated by Nancy Thompson. I mean the title of the second part in his story is a bit of a give away.

Freddy is back and he wants revenge.

New characters and new nightmares await….

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