For fans of A Nightmare on Elm Street, the news hasn’t been great lately. There are reboots or sequels of plenty of other horror franchises coming out, but no word on Freddy Krueger. There is a glimmer of hope, though. For long, to watch the series Freddy’s Nightmares, you either needed to bootleg the show with some sketchy DVD or Blu-ray copies, or you needed a DVR with all the episodes on it when it was shown on the El Rey Network. Not anymore.
The folks at Screambox did what other streamers couldn’t; they got Freddy’s Nightmares IN FULL on their service. After watching an unholy amount of the show over the past 24 hours, I can say that the show has never looked this good, and there’s never been a better time to watch it. Of course, it would have been good just to get the show on streaming, but no, they didn’t just get the show; it’s received a bit of an upgrade on the visual front.
The show was shot entirely on video, meaning a digital remaster in 4K, or anything similar would be either impossible or incredibly time-consuming and expensive. However, that doesn’t mean that the show can’t look decent. Like the screencaps above, and plenty of others on the internet, Freddy’s Nightmares has never looked this good.
Here’s a bonus bit showing Brad Pitt‘s turn in the series.
Going from bootleg DVDs and random “potato” quality episodes on Vimeo or Dailymotion, this is like night and day.
Not Just A Visual Upgrade, But An Excellent Show
We around here love us some anthology horror. Adding Freddy Krueger as a horror host in the vein of Elvira or Rod Serling just puts the series over the top. There are 44 episodes of Freddy’s Nightmares across two seasons. Like all anthology series, some of the stories will not be everyone’s favorite. What makes this show special is bringing out the universe and fun of the Nightmare on Elm Street series to a television format. If you like the later series jokes of Freddy Krueger, you’ll love his hosting.
The bigger impact of Freddy’s Nightmares is for a future physical release down the line. If Scream Factory, Arrow Video, Vinegar Syndrome, Synapse, or any other boutique label sees that there’s a market for this show in physical form, this is the barometer. So if you want a physical copy of the show, GO WATCH IT. Go sign up for a Screambox subscription watch all 44 episodes. Watch them again. Show them that we want a physical release, and then watch it some more.
If Chuds can get Warner Bros. to make Zack Snyder’s Justice League, we can get a physical release of Freddy’s Nightmares. Support smaller streamers like Screambox. They might be newer, but if they can pull off giving us Freddy’s Nightmares on streaming for the first time, the future is bright.
Freddy’s Nightmares Is Must-Watch For Early ’90s Horror Fans
The show has all the hallmarks of those ’90s horror anthology shows. It might not have the budget of Tales From The Crypt, but it makes up for it with some hugely original stories in Springwood. The video quality and format of the series adds a lot of charm and horror to the proceedings. It is so much fun to see stars like Brad Pitt and Mariska Hargitay before their big breaks. Finally, being a ’90s network TV show has some very forward concepts and content. There are implied sex scenes, stripping, and plenty of other violence, gore, and kills. The series on Screambox is completely uncut and uncensored, so you’re getting the best possible experience.
The wrinkle that Freddy’s Nightmares throws into the format is that they flip the protagonist of many of the stories at the halfway mark. So instead of just getting two half-assed stories, you get a complete 45-minute narrative a lot of the time. That narrative structure combined with some rocking tunes from the soundtrack makes this unlike a lot of the experiences you’ll get from horror these days.
If you’re in the mood for some anthology horror based around the universe of A Nightmare on Elm Street with some atmosphere, and early ’90s vibes, Freddy’s Nightmares is perfect for you. Watch all 44 episodes right now on Screambox.
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