A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
When writer-director Wes Craven first imagined the infamous Freddy Krueger for the franchise’s jump-off point, the ideas bouncing around in his head were equally sick and clever. While sleeping, people are at their most vulnerable, making it nearly impossible to stop the insatiable Krueger from offing whomever he pleases in gory, imaginative ways. Furthermore, nobody can stay awake forever, so, eventually, whether it’s after a week or two months or longer, you’re going to enter Freddy’s domain. And the outcome won’t be ideal.
Mid-way through the film, after seeing her best friend Tina (Amanda Wyss) get slaughtered, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) decides to relieve some stress with a nice warm bath. After Nancy begins to dose off we see Freddy’s claws begin to rise from the water. Nancy is then sucked under the tub completely nude. She wakes up just in time when her mother bursts into the room. It’s easily one of the most memorable scenes in the greatest film of the NOES series.
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
A new family moves into 1428 Elm Street, and before long, the neighborhood kids are again having nightmares about deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger. This time, Freddy attempts to possess a young man named Jesse (Mark Patton) to cause havoc in the real world.
Coach Schneider’s (Marshall Bell) shower demise is easily one of the campiest movie deaths ever committed on film (let alone in the Nightmare franchise). After an odd series of events, Jesse runs into his gym teacher at an S&M leather bar. As a punishment, Schneider takes Jesse back to the school gym to run laps.
After running, Jesse heads to the showers to wash up. However, Jesse then proceeds to have quite the sinister dream, as his coach is dragged, against his will, by some unseen force into the showers next to him. It is then that Freddy fully takes over, and makes Jesse claim his first victim. Jesse then awakes in the shower, covered in blood, over the body of his gym teacher. It’s steamy. It’s saucy. It’s bum-bruisingly hilarious.
A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
The Dream Child might just be the least cohesive, least scary and least entertaining of all the Nightmare On Elm Street sequels. The previous two films went down reasonably well with the fans, but it is the fifth entry that saw Freddy at his lowest point.
Though, the film does have some cool visuals and memorable moments. This includes the opening sequence which features the survivor from the previous film, Alice (Lisa Wilcox), having some sensual sex before she takes a quick shower. But soon, the shower turns on Alice and begins to fill up with water. Alice breaks the glass and she lands in a very dirty place. And things just get more nuts from there.
Frank Marshall intended Arachnophobia – about a new race of deadly spiders, which begin killing the town’s residents one by one – to be like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, stating, “People like to be scared but laughing, like a roller coaster. No one wants to be terrified.”
During one scene in particular, however, Marshall gets close to another Hitchcock classic, (the shower scene towards the end of the movie has Psycho tattooed throughout it) but this time it’s with spiders instead of a transsexual psychopath – and with a refreshing comedic twist.
Pennywise is the one sole reason that a whole generation of children feared clowns and the circus in general – nothing about this guy was even remotely funny. Firstly, he fed off children’s’ fears, hence the clown guise – this guy knew kids hated clowns. He is as old as the town of Derry where he carries out his reign of terror and is a part of their history. He wakes up every thirty or so years, kills, then goes back into hibernation.
One of the unlucky young lads who comes face to face with Pennywise does so while he’s showering at school. Pennywise appears in the shower drain and widens it to come through – and inadvertently causes gym class turnout to plummet across the country.