FOBSP: The Elm Street Franchise Revisted

Welcome back to Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents, the very irregular show here at the Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network where I talk about anything I feel like.  Most of the time it is out of the realm of the subjects I normally talk about and it’s always meant to be fun or informative or cathartic.

This time out I want to celebrate Halloween and what better way than to talk about my favorite horror movie franchise of all time with a couple of friends? Joining me to talk about all of the above are Melinda and Aaron from the amazing Dreamland: The Retroblasting Podcast.   Our subject?

Freddy Kruger.

The original A Nightmare on Elm Street came out in 1984 and introduced the world to Freddy Kruger.  Since then we have gotten six films in the original series, a meta-textual sequel, a team-up movie, a remake of the original as well as comic books, a television series, board games, trading cards and so much more.  Freddy was also a major presence on MTV during the late eighties, so it’s fair to say that the Nightmare franchise became a big part of the pop culture landscape.  Melinda, Aaron and I talk about all of it to one extent or another in addition to telling our Nightmare origin stories, our favorite movies in the franchise and a very deep conversation about A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, which is largely considered to be the worst of the original series.

Keep reading for fun show notes!

Show Notes

I mentioned during the final segment that Melinda and Aaron had me on an episode of Dreamland to talk about Bill Finger.  If you haven’t listened to that yet you can find that by clicking this link.  You should listen to all of the other episodes as well as checking out the main show, Retroblasting, that Melinda does with Michael French.

I also mentioned that Donovan Morgan Grant had me on an episode of Questions: We Don’t Have Answers (co-hosted by the awesome Harry Chute) where we discussed when it’s proper to leave your church within the context of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.  You can find that here.  I was also on a bonus episode where I got back into my comic book lane.  Both were fun and well worth your time.

During the show I read an ad I saw in comic books during the fall of 1988.  This is what that looks like.

We also talked about the music that were part of the Nightmare franchise.  Here are the videos for those songs.

Dokken – Dream Warriors

Vinnie Vincent Invasion – Love Kills

Fat Boys – Are You Ready For Freddy

Here is a mash up of one of the MTV specials featuring Freddy.

And here’s one of the commercials for the 1-900 number that we talked about.

Oddly enough I could not find a video for the Kool Moe Dee song “Let’s Go”.  I know it exists but apparently not on YouTube.

Finally here is a gallery of the trading cards, board games and video games that we talked about.

Thanks again to Melinda and Aaron for appearing on this special.  It was a lot of fun and we need to do it again some time.

Next Time: More specials coming soon…ish.


  1. Another great episode! I just listened to the Dreamland crew talking about Halloween TV specials, and then I found this new episode in my iTunes! Double-win for Halloween.

    Some great observations on the Nightmare franchise and impact. Oddly enough, just a few days ago I watched a video from ANOTHER toy/pop culture channel I enjoy, Toy Galaxy, and they featured Maxx FX, the Captain Action-like figure that was meant to be a whole series focusing on a special effects creator who assumed the identity of horror film monsters…including Freddy Kruger. Unfortunately, Freddy was the only figure set produced, AFTER that notorious talking Freddy figure came out and put all sorts of parents groups in an uproar…and honestly, in this case, I can’t really blame them. It was marketed not to adult collectors, but children. The reanimated, demonic persona of an executed child murderer/molester. Way to go Matchbox. It killed the more appropriate Max as Freddy combo, which was closed out at places like Big Lots.

    As for the film rankings, mine mirror yours and Melinda’s for the most part: 1, 3 and New Nightmare. Dream Warriors has a special place in my heart as the first horror film I saw in a theater, and I was only like 13 or something. I have Freddy vs. Jason on a DVD double-feature with New Nightmare, but I still haven’t gotten around to seeing it all the way through. Not sure why I’ve put it off so long. Maybe I’ll check it out for a post Halloween-treat.

    I will be honest and admit I noticed something… off about Nightmare 2 even as a kid. I’m not sure I knew what it was (I was probably 11 or so when I saw it), but years later, I figured it out, BEFORE seeing things like Never Sleep Again (which is an excellent documentary). As you said, it’s not a bad horror movie, but I agree, a pretty poor Nightmare film.

    Oh, and I know you’ll appreciate this Michael. I too had a crush on Heather Langenkamp, and was quite happy to find her in a pair of Batman biker shorts and bat-symbol tank top in that strange WB store Batman pamphlet handed out in theaters in 1989 with the first Burton Batman film. Could she have been more perfect? 😉


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