A Nightmare on Elm Street

  • Directors: Samuel Bayer
  • Producers: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller
  • Writers: Screenplay, Wesley Strick, Eric Heisserer, Original Characters, Wes Craven
  • Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara

A group of suburban teenagers are being haunted in their dreams by a horribly disfigured killer known as Freddy Krueger.[6]

A Nightmare on Elm Street

  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Producers: Robert Shaye
  • Writers: Wes Craven
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

Teenager Tina Gray (Amanda Wyss) has a disturbing nightmare in which she is stalked through a dark boiler room by a figure with distinctive razor-sharp knives attached to the fingers on his right hand. Just as he catches her, however, she wakes up screaming, only to discover four razor cuts in her nightdress identical to the cuts in her dream.

The next day, she finds out that her friend Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) experienced a similar dream. That night, Tina, Nancy and her boyfriend Glen Lantz (Johnny Depp) have a sleep-over to make the distraught Tina feel better. Tina’s rebellious boyfriend, Rod Lane (Nick Corri), crashes the party and goes to bed with Tina in her mother’s bedroom. However, Tina has another nightmare, and this time the killer catches her and murders her brutally. Rod wakes up to find Tina being cut open by invisible knives and then dragged up the wall and across the ceiling. Rod, being the only other person in the room at the time, flees the house and is caught the next day.

Nancy then has three violent nightmares in which she is viciously stalked, then attacked, by the same terrifying figure who attacked Tina. These nightmares cause her to talk to Rod in jail, who tells her what he saw in Tina’s mother’s bedroom. Much to the dismay of her mother Marge (Ronee Blakley), Nancy becomes increasingly convinced that the figure appearing in her dreams is the person who killed Tina. Nancy and a skeptical Glen rush to the police station late at night to talk to Rod, only to find that he’s been strangled by his own bedsheets. To everyone except Nancy, it appears to be a suicide.

The scene changes to the next morning as Nancy gets in a car with Glen and the rest of her friends, on their way to school. Krueger possesses the car just as she gets in. The car drives away with Nancy screaming for her mother, and Marge being pulled through the door window by Krueger’s bladed hand.

The Last House on the Left

  • Directors: Dennis Iliadis
  • Producers: Wes Craven, Sean S Cunningham, Marianne Maddalena
  • Writers: Screenplay, Adam Alleca, Carl Ellsworth, 1972 Screenplay, Wes Craven
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Garret Dillahunt, Spencer Treat Clark, Martha MacIsaac, Sara Paxton

After settling their affairs, Emma (Monica Potter), John (Tony Goldwyn), and Mari Collingwood (Sara Paxton) head out on vacation to their lake house. Shortly after arriving, Mari borrows the family car and drives into town to spend time with her friend Paige (Martha MacIsaac). While Paige works the cash register at a local store, she and Mari meet Justin (Spencer Treat Clark), a teenager passing through the town who invites them both back to his hotel room to smoke some weed. While the three are hanging out in the hotel room, Krug (Garret Dillahunt), Justin’s father, Francis (Aaron Paul), Justin’s uncle, and Sadie (Riki Lindhome), Krug’s girlfriend, arrive.

Krug shows Justin a local newspaper that has Krug’s and Sadie’s pictures on the front page, and which explains how Sadie and Francis broke Krug out of police custody and killed the two officers that were transporting him. Believing it too risky to let Paige and Mari go, Krug kidnaps them and uses their vehicle to leave town. While Krug searches for the highway, Mari convinces him to take a road that leads him to her parent’s lake house; Mari then attempts to jump out of the vehicle, but the ensuing fight amongst all the passengers causes Krug to crash into a tree. Frustrated by Mari’s attempts to escape, Sadie and Francis proceed to beat Mari as she crawls away from the wreckage. Krug attempts to teach his son to “be a man” by forcing him to fondle Mari’s breasts. When Justin refuses Krug decides to rape Mari. Paige begins insulting him to get him to stop, which causes Krug to pause momentarily only to stab Paige in the stomach twice. As Mari watches Paige bleed to death she is raped by Krug. Afterward, Mari musters enough strength to escape the group and make it to the lake so that she can swim to safety. Before she can swim far enough Krug shoots her in the back, leaving her to bleed out in the lake.

A storm forces Krug and his gang to seek refuge with John and Emma, whose home is nearby. Justin realizes that they are Mari’s parents, and intentionally leaves a necklace Mari was wearing on the counter to alert them about their daughter. When John and Emma find Mari, barely alive, on their porch, along with the necklace from the counter, they realize that the people who did this to Mari are in their home. As they try and find the key to their boat, so that they can take Mari to the hospital, they decide to get revenge on those responsible. When Francis happens upon Mari’s body he is attacked and killed by John and Emma. When the couple go after Krug and Sadie they find Justin in possession of Krug’s gun; Justin gives the gun to John so he can kill Krug. Sadie awakens and interrupts John, allowing Krug the chance to escape the couple where he pieces together that they are Mari’s parents. After Emma shoots Sadie in the head, John runs after Krug. With a combined effort from Emma, John, and Justin, Krug is knocked unconscious. John paralyzes Krug from the neck down, and leaves him to die with his head in an active microwave; then he, Emma, Mari, and Justin take the boat to the local hospital.

Scream 2

  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Producers: Cathy Konrad, Wes Craven, Marianne Maddalena
  • Writers: Kevin Williamson
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy, Laurie Metcalf, Elise Neal, Jerry O Connell, Timothy Olyphant, Jada Pinkett, Liev Schreiber, Duane Martin, Rebecca Gayheart, Portia De Rossi

Sidney (Neve Campbell) and Randy (Jamie Kennedy) are attending Windsor College. They see news reports that a couple (Jada Pinkett Smith and Omar Epps) were murdered in a movie theatre at the preview of the Stab movie, which was based on a book by Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) about the Woodsboro murders (in other words, the events of the movie Scream). Phil Stevens is stabbed in the head through the wall of a bathroom cubicle. The killer then enters the cinema and sits next to Maureen Evans, and she assumes the killer is simply her boyfriend wearing a mask. During the Casey Becker kill scene in the film Stab, the crowd goes wild. Taking advantage of this, the killer stabs Maureen multiple times. Since many of the movie-goers are wearing the killer’s costume (as publicity material provided by the movie studio) and are all carrying fake knives, nobody takes Maureen’s attack seriously. Seriously wounded and dying, she climbs up the stairs in front of the movie screen and lets out one final cry. As the crowd realizes she isn’t faking, she falls down dead. Soon, Sidney and Randy realize that the nightmare is starting all over again.

Mrs. Loomis tries to convince Cotton to kill Sidney, but Cotton chooses to shoot Mrs. Loomis instead. Sidney and Cotton discover that Gale is wounded but alive, and they help her. Mickey suddenly jumps up dramatically, and Gale and Sidney shoot him multiple times. Then, Sidney turns around and decides to shoot Mrs. Loomis in the head — “just in case”. It is then revealed that despite his ordeal, Dewey survived his stabbing. He is wheeled out on a gurney and taken away in an ambulance. Gale decides to ride with the ambulance to the hospital. It turns out that Dewey’s scar tissue from previously being stabbed in the back prevented this latest stabbing from being fatal.

The Last House on the Left

  • Directors: Dennis Iliadis
  • Producers: Wes Craven, Sean S Cunningham, Marianne Maddalena
  • Writers: Screenplay, Adam Alleca, Carl Ellsworth, 1972 Screenplay, Wes Craven
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Garret Dillahunt, Spencer Treat Clark, Martha MacIsaac, Sara Paxton

After settling their affairs, Emma (Monica Potter), John (Tony Goldwyn), and Mari Collingwood (Sara Paxton) head out on vacation to their lake house. Shortly after arriving, Mari borrows the family car and drives into town to spend time with her friend Paige (Martha MacIsaac). While Paige works the cash register at a local store, she and Mari meet Justin (Spencer Treat Clark), a teenager passing through the town who invites them both back to his hotel room to smoke some weed. While the three are hanging out in the hotel room, Krug (Garret Dillahunt), Justin’s father, Francis (Aaron Paul), Justin’s uncle, and Sadie (Riki Lindhome), Krug’s girlfriend, arrive.

Krug shows Justin a local newspaper that has Krug’s and Sadie’s pictures on the front page, and which explains how Sadie and Francis broke Krug out of police custody and killed the two officers that were transporting him. Believing it too risky to let Paige and Mari go, Krug kidnaps them and uses their vehicle to leave town. While Krug searches for the highway, Mari convinces him to take a road that leads him to her parent’s lake house; Mari then attempts to jump out of the vehicle, but the ensuing fight amongst all the passengers causes Krug to crash into a tree. Frustrated by Mari’s attempts to escape, Sadie and Francis proceed to beat Mari as she crawls away from the wreckage. Krug attempts to teach his son to “be a man” by forcing him to fondle Mari’s breasts. When Justin refuses Krug decides to rape Mari. Paige begins insulting him to get him to stop, which causes Krug to pause momentarily only to stab Paige in the stomach twice. As Mari watches Paige bleed to death she is raped by Krug. Afterward, Mari musters enough strength to escape the group and make it to the lake so that she can swim to safety. Before she can swim far enough Krug shoots her in the back, leaving her to bleed out in the lake.

A storm forces Krug and his gang to seek refuge with John and Emma, whose home is nearby. Justin realizes that they are Mari’s parents, and intentionally leaves a necklace Mari was wearing on the counter to alert them about their daughter. When John and Emma find Mari, barely alive, on their porch, along with the necklace from the counter, they realize that the people who did this to Mari are in their home. As they try and find the key to their boat, so that they can take Mari to the hospital, they decide to get revenge on those responsible. When Francis happens upon Mari’s body he is attacked and killed by John and Emma. When the couple go after Krug and Sadie they find Justin in possession of Krug’s gun; Justin gives the gun to John so he can kill Krug. Sadie awakens and interrupts John, allowing Krug the chance to escape the couple where he pieces together that they are Mari’s parents. After Emma shoots Sadie in the head, John runs after Krug. With a combined effort from Emma, John, and Justin, Krug is knocked unconscious. John paralyzes Krug from the neck down, and leaves him to die with his head in an active microwave; then he, Emma, Mari, and Justin take the boat to the local hospital.

Scream

  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Producers: Cathy Konrad, Cary Woods
  • Writers: Kevin Williamson
  • Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy, W Earl Brown, Joseph Whipp, Liev Schreiber, and Drew Barrymore

Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) answers the phone, the man who has called saying he has the wrong number. He calls again, and from there the scene turns into the ultimate trivia contest. If Casey answers the horror based trivia questions right, she and her boyfriend, Steve (Kevin Patrick Walls) get to live. Answer wrong and she dies. She gets a trick question though, “Who is the killer in Friday the 13th?” The man on the other end doesn’t say if it is the series or the first film. She answers Jason; in the original film it is his mother. The caller reveals Casey’s boyfriend Steve is tied up outside on the patio. The patio lights go off and, when they come back up, Steve has been disembowled.

The caller promises Casey another round, but Casey refuses and hangs up and a chair smashes the patio doors, and Casey runs out of the house, armed with a kitchen knife. However, she is caught by a cloaked figure in a mask and stabbed in the shoulder and then strangled as she calls her parents. With her last bit of strength, Casey takes off the killer’s mask, and sees his face. She is surprised to find out who it is, but the killer’s identity isn’t revealed to the audience. When her parents return home, they find the house trashed and their daughter missing, indicated by the popcorn that has still been left to cook on the stove. Her mother finds that Casey has been gutted and hung to a tree in the back garden.

Finally, the truth is revealed: The murders were planned and carried out by Billy and Stu, as a means for getting revenge on Sidney’s mother; it is revealed that Sidney’s mother had an affair with Billy’s father and this was the reason for the demise of Billy’s parents’ marriage. It is also revealed that it was Billy who murdered Sidney’s mother and not Cotton Weary, who was convicted of the murder based upon Sidney’s testimony; Billy’s rage over his parents splitting up because of the affair with Sidney’s mother turned him into a murderer. Sidney is saved by Gale, however briefly, (she forgot about the gun’s safety) until she is again knocked unconscious. Stu and Billy also reveal they have abducted Sidney’s father and it was his cellphone they used to make their ominous phone calls, and that they planned to murder Sidney and her father by shooting him in the head and making it seem as if he committed suicide after committing the murders. Stu and Billy then stab each other in non-vital places to make it seem like they were victims of Mr. Prescott’s emotional and murderous breakdown while getting away with committing the murders. Things begin to fall apart though; Billy stabs Stu too deeply and he begins to bleed profusely. Sidney then manages to escape while they’re dealing with Gale, before she kills Stu in self defense. Randy shows he is still alive, crediting it to the fact that he is a virgin. Billy gets up and begins to choke Sidney to death, when he is shot by Gale. Randy warns Sidney and Gale that he’ll “come back to life” for one more scare. However, immediately after he does, Sidney shoots him in the head, finally killing him. Dewey is shown being carried away in a stretcher, alive. Gale making an impromptu report on the events of the previous night as the authorities finally arrive on the crime scene.