List of A Nightmare on Elm Street characters

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Promotional image of several characters from the original A Nightmare on Elm Street film including a young Johnny Depp in his first starring role. From top-left to bottom-right: Jsu Garcia (as Nick Corri), Amanda Wyss, Depp, Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund

A Nightmare on Elm Street series, created by Wes Craven, focuses on several characters who are faced with surviving the attacks of Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a child murderer, who gains the ability to stalk and kill people in their dreams, killing them in reality, after his own death at the hands of a vengeful mob.

The series includes nine films: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) and Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), in which Freddy is seemingly killed. A demonic interpretation followed in Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) where Freddy Krueger attempted to break free from the films into the real world. Nearly a decade later, Freddy was involved in a crossover with Jason Voorhees of the Friday the 13th franchise in Freddy vs. Jason (2003). The series was rebooted in 2010 with A Nightmare on Elm Street, a loose remake of the original film with veteran Krueger actor Robert Englund replaced with Jackie Earle Haley and the character changed from child killer to child molester. The franchise also encompasses a television series, a video game, merchandising and numerous works of literature about Freddy Krueger and his exploits including further crossovers with Jason Voorhees and Ash Williams of the Evil Dead franchise.

In the series Freddy Krueger possesses the ability to enter peoples dreams and control them, taunting and eventually murdering them with his glove, an item with four blades attached to the fingers, that allows him to slash and stab his victims. Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) survived his attacks in the original film and went on to appear in the third film Dream Warriors where he finally managed to kill her. She went on to be replaced by Alice Johnson (Lisa Wilcox) as the protagonist of the fourth and fifth installments who possessed special abilities in her dreams that allowed her to fight back against Freddy's machinations. He was finally officially killed off by his daughter Maggie Burroughs (Lisa Zane) in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare though later returned to appear in subsequent media. In the 2010 reboot of the franchise starring Jackie Early Haley as Freddy, the character is slightly altered from a child murderer to a child molester, a facet of the character that Craven had intended to use in the original films before deciding against it. His bladed glove is a gardening tool instead of an item he crafted himself to commit his killings as in the original series of films.

Though some of the films in the series have suffered critically and financially the franchise is considered one of the most successful media franchises in America not only for its financial success but merchandising and numerous references to the series and the character of Freddy Krueger in popular culture.[1]

The series is notable for being the first on-screen acting role for both Johnny Depp (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Patricia Arquette (Dream Warriors), both of whom went on to have successful, award-winning careers.

A Nightmare on Elm Street[edit]

Donald Thompson[edit]

Donald "Don" Thompson is the father of Nancy Thompson and ex-husband of Marge Thompson. Before the events of the first film, he participates in the murder of Fred Krueger after he was freed on a technicality following a series of acts of child murder. Following this incident, he divorces Nancy's mother. After Tina Gray's brutal murder, Don, as a lieutenant in the Springwood police department, uses his daughter as bait to capture the suspected killer Rod. After Rod's apparent suicide, Don continued to ignore Nancy's claims about a resurrected Freddy Krueger, failing to come to her aid when she asks.[2] After Nancy's experience and the murder of her mother by Krueger, she and Don grow estranged. He becomes an alcoholic and loses his job.[3]

In A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Freddy resumes his attacks on children at a clinic where Nancy is currently employed, causing her and Neil Gordon to visit Don and persuade him to reveal the location of Freddy's corpse so that it can be properly buried in the belief that this will force Freddy to pass into the Afterlife. When they reveal his corpse, it reanimates, and Don realizes that Nancy has been telling the truth all along. The corpse fights Don and impales him with the metallic fin of a Cadillac, killing him.[3] Freddy later poses as Don in-order to trick Nancy into dropping her guard, allowing him to deal her a fatal wound.

In the Nightmares on Elm Street comic miniseries it is revealed that since his death, Don has been trapped in Freddy's realm experiencing constant torture. When Freddy enacts a plan to break through into the real world, he forces Don to summon and kill the spirit of his deceased daughter Nancy in exchange for freedom. Though Don does shoot her, the attempt fails as Nancy has become a being similar in power to Freddy. Nancy forgives her father and uses her powers to free him into the afterlife.

He has a cameo appearance in Wes Craven's New Nightmare.[4]

Freddy Krueger[edit]

Main article: Freddy Krueger
  • Portrayed by Robert Englund
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Freddy Vs Jason, Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash, Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash: Nightmare Warriors, Freddy Vs Jason Vs Michael Vs Leatherface

Frederick Charles "Freddy" Krueger (a.k.a. The Springwood Slasher) is a child killer responsible for the kidnapping and murder of several children before he is eventually captured. Due to a legal technicality he is released without charge and the parents of the murdered children take the law into their own hands, burning him alive. After his death, Freddy gains the ability to infiltrate and control dreams and uses it to stalk and murder the remaining children of Elm Street.[2] Despite being defeated several times, Freddy repeatedly resurrects himself and continues trying to kill children.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Glen Lantz[edit]

  • Portrayed by Johnny Depp
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare'
A Nightmare on Elm Street was Johnny Depp's first film role.

Glen Lantz is a student at Springwood High and the boyfriend of Nancy Thompson. He begins experiencing a series of tormenting dreams featuring a man who later turns out to be Freddy Krueger, though he refuses to admit this to his friends. Despite the death of his friends Tina and Rod, Glen does not believe that their dreams were responsible. When Nancy is preparing to confront Krueger in her dreams, she asks Glen to stay awake and wake her up at a pre-determined time to help her escape danger. Glen instead falls asleep and Nancy is unable to wake him due to interference from his father Walter, who sees her as a bad influence. Freddy pulls Glen through his bed and murders him, sending a stream of blood vertically through the bed to the ceiling of his room. Nancy later finds his headphones in Freddy's realm.[2]

This was Johnny Depp's first on-screen role. He did his own stunt for the bedroom death scene.

Depp reprised his role as Glen in a cameo in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare where he appears on TV, presenting his own This Is Your Brain on Drugs advert being watched by Spencer, before getting hit in the head with a frying pan by Freddy.

Marge Thompson[edit]

  • Portrayed by Ronee Blakley
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Marge Thompson is the mother of Nancy Thompson and the ex-wife of Donald Thompson. Prior to the events of the first film, she participates in the murder of Freddy Krueger after he walks free due to a legal technicality following a series of child killings. Throughout the film she struggles with Nancy's growing instability from lack of sleep and adds locks to the doors and bars to the windows to try to keep Nancy in and the supposedly at-large killer out, turning to alcohol to deal with the stress. Pressured by Nancy, Marge reveals that Freddy was a child murderer who walked free due to legal technicality, and shows her his glove, which is hidden in their boiler to try to prove to Nancy that he is dead and cannot harm her. After Nancy pulls Freddy into the real world from her dream, he finds and kills Marge.

After Nancy defeats him, she finds her mother alive and well and runs off to join her friends. As Marge stands waving at her, Freddy's arm bursts through the window and pulls Marge through to an unseen fate.[2] In A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Nancy explains that her mother died in her sleep.[3] In a deleted scene, Marge stated that Nancy and her friends originally had siblings who were all murdered by Freddy when he was still alive.

Nancy Thompson[edit]

  • Portrayed by Heather Langenkamp
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors,

Nancy Thompson is a teenager who, along with her friends, is targeted by serial killer Freddy Krueger in her dreams. She begins to experience strange and horrific dreams which she and her friends share, about a disfigured, threatening man. Following the death of her friend Tina, Nancy suspects the dreams are real, and after learning who Krueger was and realizing that he is seeking revenge against the people who killed him by murdering their children, she searches for ways to defeat Krueger. After he kills her boyfriend Glen, Nancy attempts to bring Krueger into the real world to defeat him herself.[2]

In A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Nancy begins working at Westin Hills hospital as a psychologist, helping children who are all sharing dreams of Freddy Krueger. With the children, she seemingly manages to defeat Freddy but he uses the guise of her father to get close and stabs her in the abdomen. Before dying, she stops Krueger from killing Kristen by stabbing him with his own glove.[3] She appears briefly in Wes Craven's New Nightmare. She appears as a spirit in Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors, where she helps Neil Gordon use the Necronomicon to cast Freddy into Hell.

Rod Lane[edit]

  • Portrayed by Jsu Garcia (as Nick Corri)
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Rod Lane is a Springwood High student and boyfriend to Tina Gray. Like Tina, Nancy and Glen, Rod was experiencing strange and horrific dreams but refuses to accept them as meaningful. After sleeping with Tina, she is murdered in her dream by Freddy, appearing to be being killed by an invisible assailant to Rod. After the murder, suspicion falls on Rod and he is arrested. While in jail, Freddy kills him in his dreams while in the real world it appears he committed suicide by hanging himself with bedsheets.[2]

Tina Gray[edit]

  • Portrayed by Amanda Wyss
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Christina "Tina" Gray is a Springwood high student and Nancy's best friend. Tina confides to Nancy that she has been experiencing strange dreams about a scarred man, realizing that Nancy has shared a similar dream. During a sleepover, Tina is attacked in her dream and violently murdered by Freddy Krueger, her body dragged up walls and across the ceiling. Blame falls on her boyfriend Rod and he is subsequently arrested. Freddy uses images of the murdered Tina to torment Nancy when she falls asleep.[2] Her violent death is recreated in Wes Craven's New Nightmare on Julie[4] and in A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) on Kris Fowles.[10]

Originally, in the Freddy vs. Jason script written by Damian Shannon and Mark J. Swift, Tina Gray appears in Lori Campbell's first nightmare of Freddy Krueger. Bloody, affixed to the ceiling, and still clothed in her blue nightshirt, Tina tells Lori the following: "Freddy is coming back. It's okay to be afraid, Lori. We were all afraid. Warn your friends...warn all your friends."[11]

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge[edit]

Jesse Walsh[edit]

  • Portrayed by Mark Patton
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2

Jesse Walsh is a student who moves into Nancy Thompson's old house on Elm Street with his family and begins to experience nightmares about Freddy Krueger. Freddy enacts a plan to possess Jesse, using his body to kill in the real world, slowly gaining the strength to manifest his form physically. Freddy uses his powers to kill Jesse's abusive coach and attempts to kill Jesse's sister though Jesse is able to resist. He confides his fear in his friend Ron and asks him to watch over him while he sleeps but as Ron himself passes out, Freddy manifests and murders Ron.

Jesse retreats to his girlfriend Lisa's house during a party but Freddy again takes control, trying to kill her. Jesse fights back against his control and Freddy instead turns on the other teenagers present, murdering seven before disappearing. Freddy travels to the boiler room where he would take his child victims while still alive. Lisa confronts Freddy and Jesse is able to finally regain control, exorcising Freddy. After this incident while travelling on the school bus with Lisa, their friend Kerry is impaled through the chest by Freddy and the bus careers off the road, revealing Freddy is still alive and has again trapped Jesse. His fate is left ambiguous.[5]

Jesse and Freddy's relationship is intended to have a homo-erotic subtext with Freddy representing Jesse's fear of 'coming out'. Commentators point to the lack of interest Jesse shows in Lisa and his retreat to Ron's bedroom after a failed attempt at kissing her, implying Ron is the object of Jesse's affection. At one point in the film, he also ends up in a gay S&M club where he is confronted by his homosexual gym teacher, Schneider. This plot is not made obvious in the film though Krueger-actor, Robert Englund and writer David Chaskin both admit to the concealed subtext, indicating that the casting of openly-gay actor Mark Patton to play the role was intentional.[12][13][14]

In 2012, Mark Patton released "Jesse's Lost Journal."[15] There are 68 journal entries that span 1982-1985. The first 30 entries closely follow the events of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, though unveil new details not seen on screen (hints that Jesse's father is a pedophile; Jesse's platonic love for Lisa; his homosexual feelings for a classmate; his feeling of Nancy Thompson as a kindred spirit). There is a different conclusion in that Jesse supposedly kills Lisa Webber at the power plant, rather than the film's final bus sequence (although she is later revealed to have survived). The remaining 38 journal entries focus on Jesse's time at a psychiatric ward, his sentencing for murdering Ron Grady and the apparent disappearance of Lisa's corpse, his escape from the institution, and his efforts to build a new identity. Jesse still wrestles with Freddy Krueger in his mind, and enters into a panic when Hollywood begins making the Nightmare on Elm Street films based on Jesse's and Nancy Thompson's journal entries.

Lisa Webber[edit]

  • Portrayed by Kim Myers
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2

Lisa Webber is a popular school girl who takes romantic interest in Jesse Walsh when he moves into her neighborhood. They share feelings for each other and begin dating while Jesse becomes increasingly erratic under the influence of Freddy Krueger. Lisa attempts to help Jesse realize that Freddy is dead until she sees him manifest in the real-world through Jesse's body. Though Freddy tries to kill her, her proclamations of love weaken his hold over Jesse seemingly allowing Jesse to banish him from his body. After this incident, while riding on the school bus with Jesse their friend is impaled through the chest by Freddy and the bus careers off the road, revealing them to be again trapped in a dream by Freddy. Her fate is left ambiguous.[5]

Ron Grady[edit]

  • Portrayed by Robert Rusler
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2

Ron Grady is a student and is initially Jesse's rival but the two grow close while sharing punishment under Schneider. Jesse confides his fears concerning Freddy to Ron and asks him to watch over him while he sleeps to make sure Freddy does not gain control. However, Ron fell asleep and Freddy seizes control and transforms Jesse into Freddy's form before murdering Ron.[5]

According to Robert Englund, there is a homo-erotic subtext to the film implying that Jesse is homosexual and Freddy is his fear of accepting that fact. In this subtext, Ron is intended to be the object of Jesse's affections, implied when he leaves his girlfriend Lisa after a failed attempt at sex and retreats to Ron's bedroom.[13]

Schneider[edit]

  • Portrayed by Marshall Bell
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2

Coach Schneider is the abusive coach of Jesse and Ron. After struggling to sleep and experiencing strange events around his home, Jesse finds himself wandering the streets and seeks shelter from the rain inside a sadomasochistic nightclub where he is confronted by Schneider while attempting to drink alcohol. Schneider forces him to go to the school and run laps as punishment. When Jesse begins showering, Schneider experiences strange events in his office as objects begin to fly from their shelves and furniture moves around. A skipping rope binds his arms seemingly on their own and he is dragged into the showers and restrained before Jesse. Freddy Krueger takes over Jesse's body and slashes at Schneider's back, killing him.[5]

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors[edit]

Amanda Krueger[edit]

Amanda Krueger is the mother of Freddy Krueger. After deciding to become a nun as a teenager, she chooses "Mary Helena" as her name in Christ and is given her first assignment, to care for the inmates of the Westin Hills hospital. Amanda is accidentally locked inside with some of the worst psychopaths and killers housed at the hospital and left for several days over the Christmas period. During this time she is beaten and brutally raped and when she is finally found, she is barely alive and pregnant. In September 1942, Amanda gives birth to Frederick Charles Krueger (Freddy Krueger) and immediately gives him up for adoption. She follows the events of his trial for the murder of several children in Springwood, and following his release, she, (supposedly), commits suicide by hanging, (the truth was that she had bricked herself into a room in the tower of the abandoned insane asylum wing of the Westin Hills hospital, her body was never found and an empty plot was made for her in the Springwood cemetery). She returns as a spirit to aid Neil Gordon in defeating her son.[3] She later returns in Dream Child, brought back by Freddy himself in order to resurrect him. Freddy prevents her from telling Alice how to stop him. When Alice tries to find Amanda in her dreams, Freddy lures her away by attacking her friend, Yvonne, forcing Alice to come to her rescue. While Alice tries to combat Freddy herself, she sends Yvonne to the real world location of Amanda's resting place to free her. Using Alice Johnson's child, Jacob Daniel Johnson and his power to revert Freddy into a child form, she absorbs him into herself to try to contain him.[7]

In the comic book series Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors, Amanda is summoned by Jacob to help defeat her son, though Freddy is able to wound Jacob, weakening his power, causing Amanda to disappear.

Kristen Parker[edit]

Dream Warriors was Patricia Arquette's first film

Kristen Parker is one of the last remaining Elm Street Children who has been experiencing a series of horrific nightmares. After falling asleep, she is attacked by Freddy who slits her wrists. In the waking world, the injuries are seen as a suicide attempt and Kristen is admitted to Westin Hills hospital where she meets other children experiencing Freddy nightmares. After meeting Nancy Thompson, the original Freddy survivor, she learns to control an ability that allows her to summon other people into her dreams. Calling Kincaid, Joey, Taryn, Will and Nancy to her aid, they are able to defeat Freddy but lose Will, Nancy and Taryn in the process.[3]

In A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Kristen is released from Westin Hills and returns to school and a normal life obtaining a new group of friends that includes Kincaid and Joey. However, Freddy is again able to return, killing Kincaid and Joey. After Freddy attacks Kristen in her dreams, she unwittingly pulls her friend, Alice Johnson, into her dream using her unique ability. Attempting to protect Alice due to her mistake, Kristen is killed by Freddy who pushes her into the boiler room, burning her to death, but not before she passes her ability onto Alice and, unintentionally, Freddy.[6]

According to Rachel Talalay, producer for Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Arquette was not approached by New Line to reprise the role.[16]

Jennifer Caulfield[edit]

Jennifer Caulfield is a teenager and patient at Westin Hills hospital due to her refusal to sleep after experiencing horrific dreams and use of self-harm to stay awake. Aspiring to be a TV star she watches shows to learn techniques but during one session she falls asleep without realizing. She approaches the wall-mounted TV in the hospital after it begins to display strange images, unaware she is dreaming, and as she neared, the TV sprouts arms and Freddy's head. The arms restrain and lift her from the ground before slamming her head into the TV screen, electrocuting her to death.[3]

Joey Crusel[edit]

  • Portrayed by Rodney Eastman
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4

Joseph "Joey" Crusel is a mute patient at Westin Hills due to his refusal to speak or sleep after experiencing horrific dreams. After falling asleep, Joey is seduced by an attractive nurse who, after restraining him under the pretense of sex, reveals herself to be Freddy Krueger. Krueger holds him hostage in the dream world to lure in Nancy and the other teenagers at the hospital. He is later freed by Nancy and Kincaid before discovering that his dream power was a powerful, deafening voice which he uses to save them all from Freddy's attack.[3]

In A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Joey leaves Westin Hills and begins a normal life along with Kristen and Kincaid but Freddy returns and kills him by drowning and stabbing him in his water bed.[6]

Max Daniels[edit]

Max Daniels is an orderly at Westin Hills hospital, responsible for helping look after and secure the young patients suffering from horrific nightmares. Though he follows orders Max is shown to care about his patients well-being, pretending not to have found Jennifer watching TV outside her curfew after she pleads not to be put to sleep.[3]

Neil Gordon[edit]

  • Portrayed by Craig Wasson
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors

Dr. Neil Gordon is in charge of trying to treat the children at Westin Hills for their refusal to sleep and experiences of bad dreams. After meeting Nancy Thompson he begins to believe that their dreams may be more than group delusion. He meets with Nancy's father, Donald Thompson, to discover the remains of Freddy Krueger and lay him to rest but when they uncover the bones, they reanimate and attack both Gordon and Donald, killing Donald. After the bones return to their grave, Gordon regains consciousness and performs last rites on them, seemingly defeating Freddy.[3]

Gordon appears in the comic series Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors, as the co-founder of a support group with Maggie Burroughs, for survivors of Freddy and Jason's massacres. After Freddy and Jason launch an assault on Washington D.C., Gordon, with help from Nancy Thompson's spirit, uses the Necronomicon to cast Freddy into Hell. The comic reveals that he still struggles to get over Nancy's death.

Phillip[edit]

  • Portrayed by Bradley Gregg
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3

Phillip is a patient at Westin Hills suffering from horrific nightmares that made him afraid to sleep. Susceptible to sleep-walking, Freddy attacks him in a dream by slicing open his skin and pulling out his tendons, using them like puppet-strings to manipulate his movements. Freddy leads Phillip to a high ledge in a tower and then severs the tendon-strings, allowing him to plummet to his death.[3]

Roland Kincaid[edit]

  • Portrayed by Ken Sagoes
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4

Roland Kincaid is a patient at Westin Hills hospital, admitted due to his refusal to sleep following a series of horrific nightmares. Kincaid is aggressive and resistant to being sedated, often being locked in solitary confinement and singing songs to try to stay awake. Along with the other children at the facility, he is pulled into the dream world by Kristen Parker to help defeat Freddy and free Joey who is being held hostage. In the dream world, he gains the power of superhuman strength that he uses to help the group overcome obstacles. Together, the group manage to defeat Freddy.[3]

In A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Kincaid leaves the hospital after the nightmares stop and attempts to get on with his life but Freddy is able to once again return, capturing Kincaid in a dream and murdering him.[6]

Taryn White[edit]

  • Portrayed by Jennifer Rubin
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3

Taryn White is a patient at Westin Hills hospital due to her difficulty sleeping following a series of horrific nightmares. Taryn has a history of drug abuse and while at the hospital she is sexually harassed by male orderlies. Along with the other sleep-deprived patients and Nancy Thompson, Taryn goes into her dreams to try to defeat Freddy who is holding Joey hostage there. While in her dreams she transforms into her image of a punk beauty and gains the ability to be deadly in combat with a pair of sliding knifes, which she uses to try to defeat Freddy. Her abilities prove no match for Freddy who subdues her before transforming the blades on his glove into syringes and injects Taryn with a chemical overdose, killing her.[3]

Will Stanton[edit]

  • Portrayed by Ira Heiden
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3

Will Stanton is a patient at Westin Hills hospital due to his refusal to sleep following a series of horrific nightmares. He is paralyzed from the waist-down and uses a wheelchair following a suicide attempt he makes in order to escape his nightmares. He is a fan of Dungeons & Dragons-style games. After Freddy captures Joey in his dreams, Will joins with the other patients and Nancy Thompson to go into the dream world and fight Freddy. In his dreams he is able to walk and utilize magic attacks but these prove to have no effect on Freddy, who catches and kills Will.[3]

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master[edit]

Alice Johnson[edit]

  • Portrayed by Lisa Wilcox
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4; A Nightmare on Elm Street 5; Nightmares on Elm Street; The Nightmares on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger's Seven Sweetest Dreams ("Dead Highway, Lost Roads"); Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors

Alice Johnson is a teenager and friend of Kristen Parker. With Kristen Parker being the last Elm Street child, he requires her to bring him more children, eventually tormenting her enough to force her to summon Alice. Kristen is killed by Krueger but not before passing onto her the ability to summon others into her dreams, inadvertently also passing it onto Krueger. After this incident, Krueger begins summoning Alice's friends to him in their dreams to kill them. However, when they die at Krueger's hand, their 'dream powers' and personality traits are absorbed into Alice, making her stronger, revealing her as the Dream Master, Krueger's opposite. Alice confronts Freddy using her new abilities but finds him still too powerful for her to defeat. She then recites an old rhyme taught to her by her mother about "The Dream Master" which allows her to gain control of her dream and, using a piece of broken glass, forces Krueger to see himself. Alice opens the positive dream gate, allowing all of Krueger's captured souls to escape, destroying him in the process.[6]

In The Dream Child, Alice, has begun dating Dan Jordan and unknowingly becomes pregnant with his child. Freddy returns using her unborn son Jacob's dreams and uses them to murder people including Jacob's father Dan, feeding the souls of his victim to Jacob in an attempt to make him more like himself. Alice manages to again defeat Freddy with the help of the spirit of Amanda Krueger and Jacob.[7] Alice later gives birth to Jacob and moves away from Springwood. In the original script for Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Alice was to be killed off by Freddy Krueger early in the film.[17] However, the actual film makes no mention of Alice or Jacob, and leaves their fates unknown.

In Nightmares on Elm Street, a six-issue miniseries published by Innovation Comics, Alice returns to Springwood following the death of her father and is forced to face Freddy after he again tries to use a pre-pubescent Jacob to kill. In the anthology The Nightmares on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger's Seven Sweetest Dreams,(1991)[18] Alice appears in Philip Nutman's story "Dead Highway, Lost Roads." After having been involved in a major accident, Alice becomes ensnared in the dreamworld by Freddy Krueger. She is trapped in a macabre "Alice in Wonderland" setting. With the aid of serial killer Karl Stolenberg and anthropomorphic armadillo Joe Bob, Jacob eventually finds Alice. A deranged Karl attacks Alice, but is returned to his senses by Jacob through physical force. Alice and Karl cooperate to defeat Freddy, though Karl perishes in the battle. With Freddy defeated, Alice and Jacob return to the waking world. She also appears in Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: Nightmare Warriors, where a vision of Freddy causes her to meet with other Freddy and Jason survivors. She reveals that her dream powers have caused a terminal illness, and later sacrifices herself to pass her powers onto her son. The aforementioned comic series is not the only literature that has killed off Alice. Due to Alice having been killed by Freddy Krueger, her son Jacob is the main protagonist in Natasha Rhodes' novel A Nightmare on Elm Street: Perchance to Dream.[19]

In his book Horror Films of the 1980s, John Kenneth Muir noted the following:

"Alice's blossoming is coupled with the mirror (an important symbol in the film). When she is weak and diffident, the mirror is loaded with photographs that obscure her reflection. The message is that she doesn't want to see herself; she'd rather hide from what she considers ugly. But as Alice's strength grows, she takes down the photos and countenances her own image. What she finds there is gorgeous and strong."[20]

Muir believes that Alice's transformation "is the perfect counterpoint to Freddy's storyline." Whereas Freddy's reflection encompasses evil, Alice's "reflection is what makes her powerful." According to Muir, the character of Alice Johnson, goes against the "final girl" stereotype in that she is a "greasy-haired ugly duckling [who finds] her inner strength and beauty through self-actualization.."[20] Furthermore, he adds that "from Nancy to Alice, the women on Elm Street are tough, resourceful, powerful role models for teenagers, ones who--mirror--reality in their efforts to navigate high school, and indeed life."[20]

As Muir summarizes:

"[Alice is] afraid of what her child will be; she wants to protect it; and she has to fend off Dan's parents, who want to adopt the child...[she must deal] with all of these competing emotions and stresses, not to mention Freddy...."[20]

In an interview, Lisa Wilcox noted her similarities to Alice Johnson:

"I immediately fell in love with the story of Alice," explained Wilcox. "She's a daydreamer who was kind of pathetic at the beginning of Part Four, and I think we all can relate to that feeling in some ways. Actually, I was totally a wallflower in high school so there was a lot of myself in the character of Alice. There's a lot of Lisa on that screen...As an actress, though, what made Alice remarkable is that audiences watch Alice become stronger and stronger as the movie plays along, and you can't help but be a part of her journey because she's so relatable."[21]

Dan Jordan[edit]

  • Portrayed by Danny Hassel
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5

Daniel "Dan" Jordan is a Springwood teenager. A star football player, his friendship with Rick Johnson introduces him to Alice Johnson who has a crush on him. Dan teams with Alice to help defeat Freddy Krueger, with Alice saving Dan's life.[6] In A Nightmare on Elm Street 5, Dan and Alice enter into a relationship that results in Alice falling pregnant with their son, Jacob. After Krueger returns using their son's dreams, Dan fell asleep while driving and Krueger is able to kill him. Dan never learns that Alice was pregnant with his son.[7]

In the Nightmares on Elm Street comic series, Dan is resurrected by possessing Neil Gordon's comatose body after Jacob again defeats Freddy Krueger.

Debbie Stevens[edit]

  • Portrayed by Brooke Theiss
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4

Debbie Stevens is a friend of Alice Johnson. Debbie is the last of Alice's friends after the others have been killed by Freddy Krueger. She has a deep-seated fear of insects. Knowing that she will be Freddy's next target, Alice attempts to save her, but Freddy is able to trap her in a time-loop without her knowledge. By the time Alice is able to escape, she is too late to reach Debbie before Freddy attacks her. Krueger kills Debbie by transforming her into a cockroach and trapping her inside a roach motel before then crushing her.[6]

Rick Johnson[edit]

  • Portrayed by Andras Jones
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4

Rick Johnson was a Springwood teenager, the older brother of Alice Johnson, friend of Dan Jordan and boyfriend of Kristen Parker. He has a hugh interest in martial arts, (Japanese martial arts), which he has taught himself. After Kristen was killed by Freddy, Rick still refused to believe that he was real. After falling asleep himself, Rick was attacked and killed by Freddy in a martial arts dojo dream world scene.[6]

Sheila Kopecky[edit]

  • Portrayed by Toy Newkirk
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4

Sheila Kopecky is a friend of Alice Johnson. She is very smart and something of a nerd, but is good friends with Debbie Stevens, who defends her from high school boys. Her motto is "mind over matter". After Sheila falls asleep in school, Alice unintentionally pulls Shiela into her dream where Freddy was able to attack her. Krueger presses his lips against hers and sucks all the air from her body, causing an asthma attack in the real world that kills her.[6]

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child[edit]

Jacob Daniel Johnson[edit]

  • Portrayed by Whit Hertford
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5; Nightmares on Elm Street; The Nightmares on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger's Seven Sweetest Dreams ("Dead Highway, Lost Roads"); A Nightmare on Elm Street: Perchance to Dream; Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors

Jacob Daniel Johnson is a child and the son of Alice Johnson and Dan Jordan. After being defeated by his mother in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Freddy Krueger returns using Jacob's dreams while he is still a fetus, and feeds the souls of his victims to him to make him like Krueger. The spirit of Jacob as a young boy appears to his mother though she is unaware of his true identity at first. After she is freed by Yvonne, Amanda Krueger's soul informs the spirit of Jacob to use the power that Freddy had given him. After releasing the power, Jacob forces Freddy to revert into an infant form which is then absorbed by Amanda. Months later, the infant Jacob is born.[7] In the original script for Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Alice was to be killed by Freddy Krueger, and Jacob was to be the main protagonist.[17] However, the actual film makes no mention of Alice or Jacob, and leaves their fates unknown.

Jacob's future is explored in the first story-arc of Innovation Publishing's Nightmares on Elm Street comic series. Jacob returns to Springwood with his mother 6 years after he is born due to the death of his grandfather. Freddy attempts to manipulate Jacob to help enter the real world on the promise of resurrecting his father Dan. Jacob eventually learns Freddy's true plans and with help from Alice, Neil Gordon and the spirits of his father Dan and Nancy Thompson, defeats Freddy. Jacob and Alice then reunite with Dan who returns to life by inhabiting Neil Gordon's comatose body.[22][23][24][25] He later appears in the cross-over Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors, where he is kidnapped by Freddy to lure his mother, Alice. Alice, suffering from a terminal illness, allows Freddy to kill her so that she can pass her powers onto her son, who then summons the spirits of Freddy's victims to battle him.

In the 1991 anthology The Nightmares on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger's Seven Sweetest Dreams,[18] Jacob is the protagonist in Philip Nutman's "Dead Highway, Lost Roads." He is depicted as a young boy with heterochromia. After Alice is involved in a major accident, Jacob enters the dreamworld in search of his mother. He befriends an anthropomorphic armadillo named Joe Bob, and a serial killer named Karl Stolenberg. Stolenberg was en route to his execution before the accident occurred. The trio eventually find Alice ensnared in a twisted version of the Mad Hatter's tea party from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Joe Bob is disemboweled by Freddy, and Karl begins to attack Alice due to a psychotic rage. Jacob strikes Karl in the back of his head to return him to his senses. After Alice and Karl defeat Freddy (with Karl perishing in the battle), Jacob and his mother return to the waking world. In Natasha Rhodes' novel A Nightmare on Elm Street: Perchance to Dream, (Black Flame) a twenty-one-year-old Jacob Johnson is a Westin Hills patient. Years before the novel takes place, Freddy Krueger murdered Jacob's mother Alice. To protect everyone from Freddy Krueger, Jacob has stopped himself and others from dreaming for an entire month. However, Jacob's ability has created an adverse side-effect in that residents have become violent and paranoid. The novel features Freddy Krueger as Jacob's main adversary, as well as a counselor with nefarious plans.[19]

Greta Gibson[edit]

  • Portrayed by Erika Anderson
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5

Greta Gibson is a friend of Alice Johnson and subject to an overbearing mother, Racine. While attending a party held by her mother to promote Greta, she falls asleep at the table, allowing Freddy to force feed and choke her. She appears to the party guests to be choking but no-one helps her.[7]

Mark Grey[edit]

  • Portrayed by Joe Seely
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5

Mark Grey is a friend of Alice Johnson. He is obsessed with comic books and is a talented comic book artist, and quite knowledgeable about mythology. He is also in love with Greta. Though he does not believe Alice's story of Freddy Krueger at first, he starts to take her seriously after Greta is killed by Freddy. He is later attacked by Freddy, but saved by Alice and awakes before he can be killed. At Alice's request, he researches into Freddy Krueger's and also into Amanda Krueger's life and death, and with his understanding of Christian mythology, he speculates about what really happened to Amanda Krueger. Mark is later tasked with watching over Alice while she looks for Amanda Krueger in her dreams, however, Mark falls asleep without realizing it, which allows Krueger to attack him again, toying with him in his own comic book world and attacks him as "Super-Freddy", turning him into paper before slicing him to pieces.[7]

Yvonne Miller[edit]

Yvonne Miller is a friend of Alice Johnson. She does not believe Alice's story of Freddy Krueger and thinks her paranoid behavior is the result of trauma from Dan's death. That is until she is herself attacked by Freddy and is saved by Amanda Krueger. Alice sends Yvonne to the now-abandoned Westin Hills hospital to discover the remains of Amanda Krueger and free her spirit fully, allowing her to combat her son Freddy.[7]

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare[edit]

Carlos[edit]

Carlos is a youth under the counsel of Maggie Burroughs who was physically abused by his parents, leaving with him a hearing disability. When Maggie and John Doe decide to travel to Springwood, Carlos stows away in their van alongside Spencer and Tracy. After they are discovered by Maggie, they rest at a nearby house where Carlos and Spencer fall asleep allowing Freddy to kill Carlos by magnifying his hearing aide and scratching a chalkboard, causing his head to explode.[8]

Doc[edit]

  • Portrayed by Yaphet Kotto
  • Appeared in: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Doc is a counselor at Maggie Burroughs shelter. He is also a dream counselor and often uses this therapy to help Tracy. He possesses the ability to control his own dreams, allowing him to remember John Doe, Spencer and Carlos after their death despite everyone else, except for Maggie and Tracy, forgetting them completely. He discovers that the only way to kill Freddy is to bring him into the real world after pulling a piece of his sweater during a confrontation. He relays this to Maggie and helps her defeat Freddy by providing her with 3D glasses.[8]

Dream Demons[edit]

  • Appeared in: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

The Dream Demons are three serpentine entities revealed to be the source behind Freddy Krueger's power and ability to kill in dreams. After Freddy Krueger is killed by a mob of vigilantes as a human, the Dream Demons appear to him and offer him a deal - become their agent in exchange for vast power and to become "forever". Freddy accepts their deal and the Demons merge with him, giving him his powers. After his daughter, Maggie Burroughs, pulls Freddy into the real world and destroys him with a pipe bomb, the Dream Demons abandon his body and disappear.[8]

John Doe[edit]

  • Portrayed by Shon Greenblatt
  • Appeared in: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

John Doe is the last child alive in Springwood, Freddy Krueger having killed all the others. While being attacked by Krueger, Doe is knocked beyond the limits of Springwood, striking his head on a rock and suffering amnesia. Being outside the limits of the town, Freddy is unable to follow and kill him. John is picked up by police and brought to Maggie Burroughs shelter where she discovers a news clipping from Springwood about Krueger's wife's disappearance in his pocket. Doe is taken back to the town to discover his identity where he finds that Krueger had a child, which Doe believes is himself because he has not been harmed. After Doe enters the dream world to try to help Spencer who was trapped, Krueger manages to kill him by impaling him with bed spikes after revealing that his child was a girl. Doe imparts this knowledge to Maggie before dying.[8]

Loretta Krueger[edit]

  • Portrayed by Lindsey Fields
  • Appeared in: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Loretta is Freddy Krueger's wife and the mother of Katherine Krueger/Maggie Burroughs. She met Freddy in high school and they married in 1960, when they were still teenagers. Their daughter, Katherine, was born in 1961. It was obvious that she loved her husband and daughter dearly. It seemed that Freddy loved her back, as he was seen trying to lead a normal life for the sake of her and their child. However, his murderous nature got the better of him. One day, she accidentally discovered the evidence of Freddy's child killings. Although she promised she would not tell, she was strangled to death by Freddy in front of their then five-year-old daughter.[8]

Maggie Burroughs[edit]

  • Portrayed by Lisa Zane (adult), Cassandra Rachel Freil (child)
  • Appeared in: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors,

Margaret "Maggie" Burroughs (born Katherine Anne Krueger) is a counselor to troubled teens. She has had recurring nightmares of a little girl with an unknown man and woman, and of a water tower for some time. After meeting the John Doe, she is surprised to learn that he is having dreams of the same place and of the same little girl. After she discovers a news-clipping concerning the town of Springwood, she decides to take him there in hopes of returning his memory. While in Springwood, it is revealed that Krueger has a child of his own, and who John Doe assumes to be he-himself, but Freddy revealed to John that it was a daughter before killing him. Putting this and the dreams of the little girl together, Maggie searches her home and finds an adoption certificate that reveals she is really the daughter of Freddy Krueger, and the dreams are repressed memories.

As a child, a number of children disappeared from her neighborhood, later being found dead. Her mother, Loretta, discovered Freddy's hidden room containing his blade gloves and other evidence of the killings before being killed by him herself, which Katherine, (Maggie), witnessed. Although she promised to never tell, she told the authorities that he killed her mother, (or at least Freddy thinks she did, it's never revealed). Freddy was arrested and Katherine, (Maggie), was taken into protective custody and placed in the Springwood town orphanage: As she was still so young at the time, a traumatised Katherine 'forgets' her life with her parents. She is renamed 'Maggie', put up for adoption, moved to another town, and her records was sealed to protect her true identity. Freddy later reveals to her that he did not only kill children to get revenge against their parents for killing him, but also to get back at the parents for taking his daughter away from him, because losing her was the worst thing that ever happened to him.

After regaining her earlier memories and seeing/learning about the horrible things he has done, and it now being clear that he intends to kill her too, Maggie decides to stop her father. She does this by pulling him into the real world from her dream, disarming him with various weapons, and stabs him in the abdomen with his own glove. She then pushes a pipe-bomb into his chest which explodes, killing him and releasing the Dream Demons that gave him his power.

In Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors, Maggie is revealed to have founded a support group with Neil Gordon for the surviving victims of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. After the U.S. government resurrect Freddy to discover how to use the Necronomicon, Maggie reveals herself as Krueger's daughter and joins forces with him, equipped with a pair of bladed-gloves. She is killed, much to Freddy's anger, by a falling tank driven by Ash. No reason is ever given for why she suddenly turns evil or works with her father in this story, including engaging in an incestuous relationship with him.

Mr. Underwood[edit]

  • Portrayed by Alice Cooper
  • Appeared in: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Mr. Underwood is Freddy Krueger's abusive stepfather. An alcoholic, Mr. Underwood adopts Freddy shortly after his birth and physically and mentally abuses him. He became Freddy's first murder victim, when a teenage Freddy stabs him with a razor as he was being beaten with a belt.[8]

Spencer[edit]

  • Portrayed by Breckin Meyer
  • Appeared in: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Spencer is a youth under the counsel of Maggie Burroughs. He is sent to the shelter because his father's demanding expectations have driven him to marijuana. He has a strong fascination with video games. When Maggie and John Doe decide to travel to Springwood, Spencer stows away in their van alongside Carlos and Tracy. After they are discovered, they decide to rest in a nearby house where Carlos and Spencer fall asleep. While under the influence of drugs, Spencer is animated into a video game by Freddy, and is eventually thrown to his death in a crater, which Maggie wtinesses.[8]

Tracy[edit]

  • Portrayed by Lezlie Deane
  • Appeared in: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Tracy is a youth under the counsel of Maggie Burroughs who was sexually abused by her father. When Maggie and John Doe decide to travel to Springwood, Tracy stows away in their van alongside Carlos and Spencer. Spencer and Carlos fall asleep and Tracy goes into her dreams with John to tries to help them but Spencer, Carlos and John are all killed. Tracy travels back to the shelter with Maggie only to discover that no-one remembers Spencer, Carlos or John. Tracy ultimately helps Maggie kill Freddy, providing her with the pipe bomb she uses to destroy him.[8]

Wes Craven's New Nightmare[edit]

Dylan Porter[edit]

  • Portrayed by Miko Hughes
  • Appeared in: Wes Craven's New Nightmare

Dylan Porter is the fictional son of Heather Langenkamp who begins suffering strange dreams and involuntary acts relating to his mother's Nightmare on Elm Street movies. As the incidents became more severe, he is taken to the hospital where doctors believe his mother was abusing him herself. Freddy eventually attacks Dylan's babysitter causing him to run away from the hospital to his home where Freddy is able to bring him into his own dimension, forcing Heather to follow. Together with his mother, Dylan is able to trap Freddy in a furnace, burning and destroying him.[4]

Heather Langenkamp[edit]

Heather Langenkamp is a fictionalized version of the real 'Heather Langenkamp', having left the Nightmare on Elm Street movies behind. When work starts on a new Nightmare film, Heather begins experiencing prophetic dreams about murders seemingly committed by Freddy, the villain of her movies. Her husband is killed in strange circumstances and her son starts acting peculiar causing her to worry for his safety. After discussions with Robert Englund and Wes Craven, Nancy believes that 'Freddy' may be a demon attempting to infiltrate the real world and sees her as an obstacle due to her role of 'Nancy' where she defeated Freddy numerous times. Freddy captures her son Dylan to lure her into his realm and Nancy used sleeping pills to help her travel there. Together with her son, she is able to trap Freddy in a furnace and burn him alive, destroying him and sending them both back to the real world, where things slowly turn back to normal.[4]

Julie[edit]

Julie is Dylan's babysitter and friend to Heather. She is very protective of Dylan and watches over him in the hospital when his mother is taken away. Freddy is eventually able to attack her in the real world, murdering her in a manner similar to that of Tina Gray from the original film, causing Dylan to run away.[4]

Robert Englund[edit]

Robert Englund is a fictionalized version of the real 'Robert Englund' who plays Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. He provides support to Heather when she begins to experience strange events relating to the Nightmare films with Robert revealing that he had also been experiencing strange events and visions. Fearful for his safety, he leaves the city shortly after meeting Heather.[4]

Wes Craven[edit]

  • Portrayed by Wes Craven
  • Appeared in: Wes Craven's New Nightmare

Wes Craven is a fictionalized version of the real 'Wes Craven' responsible for creating the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. He provides information and support to Heather when she began to experience strange events relating to the Nightmare films. Craven hypothesizes that he has captured a demon in his story of Freddy Krueger when he created the films and now that the films are no longer being made, the demon is trying to escape by going through Nancy, the original person to defeat Freddy.[4]

Freddy Vs. Jason[edit]

Main article: Freddy vs. Jason

Bill Freeburg[edit]

  • Portrayed by Kyle Labine
  • Appeared in: Freddy Vs Jason

Bill Freeburg is a Springwood teenager who joins up with Lori Campbell and her friends to try to defeat Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. The group travel to Westin Hills psychiatric hospital to steal Hypnocil in order to prevent them dreaming but Krueger is able to possess a stoned Freeburg, using him to destroy the stocks of Hypnocil and then inject Jason with a sedative to render him unconscious. Freeburg is killed by Jason before he succumbs to the sedative.[9]

Charlie Linderman[edit]

Charlie Linderman is a Springwood teenager who has an unreciprocated crush on Lori Campbell. He later joins with her friends to try to defeat Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. After the group travels to Crystal Lake and brings Freddy into the real world to fight Jason, Linderman is fatally wounded. He confesses he has feelings for Kia before he dies.[9]

Gibb Smith[edit]

Gibb Smith is a Springwood teenager and friend of Lori Campbell. She is in an emotionally abusive relationship with her boyfriend Trey who is later killed by Jason Voorhees. She attends a rave where she passes out and is stalked by Freddy Krueger but before he can kill her, she is killed by Jason in the real world. This event forces Krueger to realize he must act against Jason.[9]

Jason Voorhees[edit]

Main article: Jason Voorhees
  • Portrayed by Ken Kirzinger
  • Appeared in: Freddy Vs Jason, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: Nightmare Warriors

Jason Voorhees is an un-dead killer who stalked Camp Crystal Lake. Unable to attack children in their dreams anymore due to being forgotten, Freddy Krueger manipulates Jason, using the guise of his mother, to cause him to resurrect himself and begin murdering the teenagers of Elm Street using methods that would be attributed to Krueger, restoring his powers. However, once Krueger regains his strength, Jason does not stop killing, taking Krueger's 'children', causing Krueger to act against him. The duo battle each other, first in the dream world where Freddy uses Jason's childhood memories to defeat him, and then in the real world where both are seemingly destroyed in an explosion. The end of the film reveals Jason emerging from the waters of Camp Crystal Lake holding Krueger's severed head, apparently the winner, though the head winks, indicating Krueger is still alive.[9]

Lori Campbell[edit]

  • Portrayed by Monica Keena
  • Appeared in: Freddy Vs Jason, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash

Lori Campbell is a Springwood teenager who begins experiencing nightmares about Freddy Krueger after the murder of her friend's boyfriend by Jason Voorhees. Attempting to defeat Freddy using Jason, Lori volunteers to enter the dream world and bring Freddy back with her to reality where Jason can fight him. While dreaming, she discovers that Freddy murdered her mother years prior. After nearly getting raped by Freddy,Lori manages to hold onto Freddy when she is awoken, bringing him into the real world where he fights Jason. While Jason and Freddy fight on a dock, Lori uses gasoline and propane to blow it up. Freddy is able to survive the explosion and attempts to kill Lori but before he can, he is incapacitated by Jason allowing Lori to decapitate Freddy.[9]

In the comic Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, set five years after the events of the movie, Will and Lori return to Crystal Lake to check Jason and Freddy are both still dead but encounter Jason who kills them both.[26]

Monica Keena has praised the depth of her character, claiming "I think Lori's a very independent and tough character. She has an arc in the film because she learns that Freddy killed her mother and that inspires her to have a need to get revenge. She's the real hero of the story."[27] Jeff Katz, who worked on the original screenplay for Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, explains that Lori and Will's deaths were a way to continue the long-running tradition of Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street survivors being killed off in subsequent films.[26] In an alternate ending to the film, Lori is killed when, while having sex with Will, he reveals himself to be Freddy and stabs her. This scene is retained in the novelization of the film.[28]

Kia Waterson[edit]

Kia Waterson is a Springwood teenager and friend of Lori Campbell. She has feelings for Linderman, but hides it by insulting him. Following a series of gruesome murders, she begins experiencing nightmares about Freddy Krueger. With her friends, she travels to Camp Crystal Lake to try to force Jason Voorhees and Freddy to fight each other. When Freddy is about to attack Lori, Kia insults him to cause a distraction but she is then killed by Jason.[9]

Mark Davis[edit]

Mark Davis is a patient at Westin Hills psychiatric hospital, admitted against his will due to his nightmares about Freddy Krueger, to isolate his knowledge of him from the other teenagers of Springwood. His older brother Bobby was also tormented by Krueger until he committed suicide. Mark is able to provide Will Rollins, Lori Campbell and their friends with his knowledge of Krueger to help them try to survive but he fears that he ruined the town's plan to protect the children from fearing Freddy. While in the hospital, Mark is dosed with Hypnocil to prevent him dreaming. But, after escaping he begins to dream, allowing Freddy to murder him by setting his back on fire and he leaves a message for Lori and Will on Mark's back that he has returned.[9]

Scott Stubbs[edit]

Deputy Scott Stubbs is a Springwood police officer, recently transferred to the town, who has no knowledge of the history of the town and Freddy Krueger. After a series of murders, he overhears the name 'Freddy' and begins to suspect that the other police know who is responsible. He suspects that a Jason copycat is responsible, but the sheriff threatens to lock him away if he says anything. He joins with Lori Campbell and her friends to try to find a way to stop Jason and Freddy from killing people. The group travels to Westin Hills psychiatric hospital but Jason also attacks the building. While Jason is being electrocuted after accidentally stabbing a computer panel, he grabs onto Scott, electrocuting him to death.[9]

Will Rollins[edit]

  • Portrayed by Jason Ritter
  • Appeared in: Freddy Vs Jason, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash

Will Rollins is a patient at Westin Hills psychiatric hospital and the former boyfriend of Lori Campbell. After seeing what appears to be Lori's father murdering her mother (it is later revealed he was trying to save her from Freddy Krueger) he is admitted to the hospital against his will. After he sees news of a murder at Lori's house, he escapes with Mark Davis to help her. He travels with Lori and her friends to Camp Crystal Lake to try to force Freddy and Jason to kill each other. Will later helps Lori blow up the dock where the two were fighting.[9]

In the comic Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, set five years after the events of Freddy vs. Jason, Will and Lori return to Crystal Lake to ensure Jason and Freddy are still gone but are confronted by Jason who kills them both.[26]

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)[edit]

Dean Russell[edit]

  • Portrayed by Kellan Lutz
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Dean Russell is a teenager who is experiencing strange dreams about an unknown man and suffering from extreme sleep deprivation. While in the Springwood Diner he begins to fall asleep, allowing Freddy to attack him, cutting his hand. Dean wakes up and takes a knife to defend himself but as he falls asleep again, Freddy uses the knife in his dream to cut Dean's throat, killing him.[10]

Jesse Braun[edit]

  • Portrayed by Thomas Dekker
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Jesse Braun is a teenager who experiences horrific nightmares about a disfigured man. While talking with his friend Nancy and ex-girlfriend Kris, he realizes that they are sharing similar dreams but still refuses to admit his own experiences. After Kris' new boyfriend Dean is killed under strange circumstances, Jesse goes to her house to support her where she asks him to stay awake and watch over her. However, Jesse falls asleep and Freddy is able to attack and kill Kris with Jesse unable to see her assailant or save her. Falling under suspicion, Jesse is captured by the police and placed in jail. After falling asleep, Freddy is able to attack him, piercing his heart and killing him.[10]

His story arc in the remake is similar to that of Rod Lane's from the original 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'.

Freddy Krueger (2010)[edit]

Main article: Freddy Krueger

In the 2010 remake, Freddy Krueger is a school gardener who sexually abused children, particularly his favorite Nancy Holbrook and her friends who he takes to a hidden location in the school building. He uses his traditional glove not to kill them but to inflict scratches and cuts to the infants. When the parents discover what he has been doing, they hunt him down and burn him alive. After his death, he is able to return and stalk the children, now young adults, in their dreams before murdering them. As the children begin to remember who Freddy is and what he did to them, they enact a plan to bring Freddy into the real world to kill him. After pulling him into the waking world, they are able to sever his gloved-hand and slice his throat before setting fire to their school building, containing his remains. Though he is believed dead, he is able to break through a mirror and drag Nancy's mother Gwen into it.[10] In the remake, his trademark glove was a gardening tool and not a customized weapon.

Kris Fowles[edit]

  • Portrayed by Katie Cassidy
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Kris Fowles is a teenager suffering horrific dreams of a burned man. She is the best friend of Nancy Holbrook. After witnessing her boyfriend Dean seemingly commit suicide, she asks her ex-boyfriend Jesse to comfort her over night she also learns he has been experiencing the same dreams as her. As she sleeps that night, she is attacked by Freddy and brutally murdered in her dreams, causing suspicion to fall on Jesse.[10]

She shares many plot similarities to Tina Gray

Nancy Holbrook[edit]

  • Portrayed by Rooney Mara
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Nancy Holbrook is a teenager and waitress who witnesses her friend Dean Russell seemingly kill himself in the diner where she works. She begins to experience dreams of a burned man and during Dean's funeral, she finds a photo of her and her group of friends as children despite claiming to have only met them as a young adult. As she investigates, she discovers that all of the other children in the photo have died, mostly in their sleep. Questioning her mother, Nancy finds that she had known her friends as children where they were sexually abused by gardener Freddy Krueger and as a result the parents had gathered together and murdered him. Nancy has no memory of these events, blaming her parents for killing Freddy without evidence believing him to now be hunting her for revenge. Nancy and Quentin decide to return to their preschool for answers and find Krueger's hidden room there along with evidence that he did indeed sexually assault the children. Nancy intentionally falls asleep in order to capture Freddy and bring him into the real world but while there, Freddy reveals that she has stayed awake so long that she will never be able to wake up on her own, intending to keep her there with him.

Quentin uses an injection of adrenalin to force Nancy awake, bringing Freddy with her. Using a broken paper-cutter blade, Nancy is able to sever Krueger's hand and then cut his throat before setting fire to the room with his remains inside. Though she believes Freddy defeated, he is able to return, dragging Nancy's mother into a mirror.[10]

She shares some story similarities with Nancy Thompson.

Quentin Smith[edit]

  • Portrayed by Kyle Gallner
  • Appeared in: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Quentin Smith is a teenager and friend of Nancy Holbrook, suffering from horrific dreams that made him reluctant to sleep. Quentin is romantically interested in Nancy though she does not reciprocate the feelings. Along with Nancy, he discovers that they had actually known each other as children in preschool but their memories of the time were blocked out. While under attack by Freddy he experiences a vision of their parents murdering Freddy Krueger after they realized he had been abusing the children. With no memory of being molested himself, he blames the parents for killing an innocent man who was now seeking revenge on the children for "lying". Along with Nancy, he returns to their preschool and discovers that Freddy had actually been abusing the children. When Nancy goes into her dreams to capture Krueger, Quentin uses adrenalin to shock her awake when she shows signs of distress. As she wakes, she brings Krueger into the real world with her and Quentin acts as a distraction for the now-real killer to give Nancy the chance to kill him. He is last seen in an ambulance with severe injuries.[10]

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