Freddy Krueger is the child murdering dream demon from Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street, Sporting a horribly burned face and a razor sharp wit (also finger-knives. Not quite as sharp as the wit, but close).
When the original Nightmare film came out in , people lost their shit. The idea of being stalked and killed in dreams was novel, and the film played off the fact that noone knew what dreams really were.The Freddy formula (illustrated above) worked well for the first films, Nightmares 1 and 3. "What about 2?" you ask. Nightmare on Elm Street 2, fascinatingly enough, doesn't exist. When Wes Craven was writing the script for 2, he accidentally wrote 3 on the script, and noone noticed until the DVD release years later.
As it turns out, you can't make 10 films using the same formula without it getting stale. Stale Horror movies aren't horrifying at all (same principle does not hold true for bread)
Bread =/= premises. Old bread is terrifying
After realizing writing horror was hard, New Line started making Freddy "Funnier." This mostly involved pop culture references from when the New Line Executives were teenagers, Namely pulp horror comics and the works of L. Frank Baum.
"Your plan on being "hip" with the kids these days sure was a lulu. No wonder you're the big cheese"
The final nail in the coffin was that bad writers were still trying to use the formula from the first movie, which says that deaths must appear to be accidents. This meant that people had to fall asleep in increasingly dangerous situations for the police and parents to believe. These included being in a dangerous warehouse, a motorcycle (while driving), and while being chased by a second serial killer.
Freddy was driven into the ground. He was finally finished when the sequel to Freddy vs. Jason was canned. It was probably for the best, though. Seriously, a SEQUEL to a Spin-off Versus movie. It would be the most unholy creation in all of cinema. And We'd all have been there opening day to see it. *Sigh*. Fuck us all.
HOLY SHIT! I MUST SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!