When we lost Wes Craven last month, we lost one of the founding fathers of the modern horror film. While his gifts to the genre were many, perhaps his greatest contribution was A Nightmare on Elm Street, the brilliant, genre-bending movie that redefined the slasher film and launched a decades-long franchise. With Freddy Kruger and the legacy of Elm Street, Craven created an iconic mythology that crept into the nightmares of generations (and even now, stares down the barrel of another reboot). Even better, it stands the test of time – or most of the films do, at least.
In the spirit of the Halloween season, we’ll be bringing you our rankings of the of the great horror franchises throughout the month, and we’re kicking things off today with the Nightmare on Elm Street films, ranked from worst to best. Check out the full list below.