Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Nightmare on Elm Street



The Format of the Entries


All entries are uniformly written for clarity of information. Here is the breakdown of the format.

  • The first line of every entry lists two pieces of information. The first is the title. This may just include the title of the film or novel, or may be the title of the magazine or anthology followed by the story title.
  • Next to that, in parentheses, will be the medium the story comes from, as in novel, film, game, etc. If it is a novel or short story, the author will also be listed. If it is a comic book, only the publisher is listed.
  • On the second line is also two pieces of information. First is the date that the story was first released to the public. In my research, while I strove for accuracy, sadly, some dates are accurate to the day, while others are only pinned down to the month or year.
  • Next to the dates of release in parentheses is the date the story is set. If the story is set in the modern era relative to the release date, it’s simply listed as “contemporary setting”. I did not try to pin down if the story was set in any particular season or day of the week. If the setting is historical or futuristic, I have done my best to nail down the time period based on any information offered within the story.
  • The next few lines list the series, horror crosses, and non-horror crosses. Listed as series are those series who are the lead characters of the story. For instance, for Freddy vs. Jason, the series is listed as “Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th”. This is in contrast to Jason Goes to Hell, in which only Friday the 13th is listed as series, while A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed as a Horror Cross. In regards to horror vs. non-horror, only horror crosses count as connectors, but non-horror crosses are still recognized. Most series listed are pretty obvious to why they listed as one or the other. In the cases where it may be less obvious, I have attempted to explain my reasoning in the entries.
  • Next is the story summary. This is a summary of the story, as seen on screen or read from the page, with little or no thought to how the story fits into the Horror Universe.
  • Finally, are my notes on the entry. This is where I have explained how each of the crosses happen in the story. I have also explained how the story fits within the Horror Universe, utilizing theories and discussing the story’s relationship to other stories in the Horror Universe. Also, if I had opinions on the entry subject or needed to explain my methodology, this is where I have done it.





TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 7: FEMME FATALES “FACES OF FEAR “ (SHORT STORY BY MATTHEW DENNION)
Release Date: November 27, 2010 (Setting is 1959 and contemporary)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: A NIghtmare on Elm Street
Non-Horror Crosses: Judex; Batman
The Story: In 1959, Dr. Jonathan Crane tests his fear toxin on a little girl. Her fear is so strong that it pulls Freddy Krueger from his future time period, allowing Krueger to possess the girl.
Notes: Dr. Jonathan Crane will go on to become Batman’s foe, the Scarecrow. In the comics, the Scarecrow first appeared in the 1940s. In the Horror Universe, there was a Batman in the 1940s, with his sidekick becoming the second Robin in the 1960s. Presumedly, Crane was younger in the Horror Universe and went on to be an enemy of the second Batman. In Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, Freddy dissipated at the end of the story, as he often does when he’s defeated. This time, he must have moved backward through time, being incorporeal within the timestream. This story isn’t the first instance of Freddy possessing someone. In the second Nightmare film, Freddy possesses Jesse, the boy who moves into Nancy’s house five years after Nancy defeated Freddy. His anxiety as the new kid allowed Freddy to slowly take over. The more control he gained, the more fear Jesse had of losing control. Thus, the fear of losing control gave Freddy more control. Then in Nightmare 5, Freddy tries to possess an unborn child still within the womb, this time by convincing the child in his dreams to willingly be a vessel. Judex is the hero of this story.


FRIDAY THE 13TH (FILM)
Release Date: May 9, 1980 (Setting is June 13, 1979)
Series: Friday the 13th
The Story: Teens get murdered at Camp Crystal Lake, the victims of Pamela Voorhees. In 1957, Pamela worked at the camp, and her deformed son drowned as a result of bullying peers and irresponsible counselors. In the end, Pamela is killed, and her son Jason is discovered to be alive.
Notes: There are lots of Friday the 13th timelines on the web, that place all of the films using valid reasoning, and yet seem to contradict each other. I even have one on my Television Crossover Universe website. Friday the 13th is brought in via the ninth film, Jason Goes to Hell, that crosses with A Nightmare on Elm Street, Evil Dead, and Creepshow. That is followed up by Freddy Vs. Jason, which I consider the modern equivalent to the great Universal horror crosses of the 1940s. This film has had several sequels, starting with Friday the 13th Part 2. There was a remake in 2009. The film has been referenced as fictional or as an homage numerous times in other films and on television. It has also been spoofed many times.







NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (FILM)

Release Date: November 16, 1984 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Story: In Springwood, a scary man is killing teenagers in their dreams, which kills them for real. Nancy Thompson, unwilling to be a victim, investigates and learns that the man is Fred Krueger. Krueger was a child killer who was eventually caught and arrested, but due to legal technicalities, got off scot free, causing the parents of Elm Street to chase him to a boiler room where they burned him alive. Nancy eventually learns that if she holds him in the dream, when she awakes, she can pull him physically into the real world, and begins to prepare for a final showdown.
Notes: The first in the series, this film is followed by A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, which is said in the story to take place five years later. This film was remade in 1993 (as the Monster) and in 2010. This film has been referenced as fiction, paid tribute to in homage, and spoofed in numerous films and television series.





A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE (FILM)

Release Date: November 1, 1985 (Contemporary Setting, five years after the first film)
Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Story: A new family has moved into 1428 Elm Street in Springwood, and Freddy is back with a new plan to come to the material world by possessing the new teenage occupant of the home.
Notes: No crossovers, but included for historical context. There are many excellent Freddy timelines that can be found on the web, including my own at my Television Crossover Universe website. In the Freddy vs. Jason dual franchise timeline, this film falls between Friday the 13th: A New Beginning and Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI. This film has been referenced as fictional or paid homage to in numerous other films and television series. It was also spoofed in the opening to License to Drive.





A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (FILM)

Release Date: February 27, 1987 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Story: Freddy terrorizes the last of the Elm Street kids whose parents killed him while they are all locked in a psyche ward. Nancy Thompson arrives as the newest staff member, and the only one who understands what the kids are going through.
Notes: No crossovers. Only included for historical context. In the context of Freddy vs. Jason as a dual franchise, this comes between Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI and Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood. This film has been referenced as fictional or paid homage to in numerous other films and on television. It has also been spoofed in Charmed episode “Dream Sorcerer”, Scary Movie 2, and Dream Warriors (a 2010 short).





EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN (FILM)

Release Date: March 13, 1987 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Evil Dead
Horror Crosses: A Nightmare on Elm Street; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: Ashley Williams and his new girlfriend go to another cabin in the woods, and find the Necronomicon ex Mortis again and more recordings which get played and summon an evil force, that possesses the girlfriend. The daughter of the archaeologist who finds the book and did the chants and her colleague show up and the three battle against the evil force.
Notes: This is a sequel to Evil Dead and is followed by Army of Darkness. In the cabin is one of Freddy Krueger’s gloves with the knife claws. It’s been postulated by Chuck Loridans of MONSTAAH that perhaps Freddy had once hid out at this cabin before he was killed. Freddy has been a child killer and used those claws for quite a while before he was caught and burned to death. Of course, another explanation comes from the film Cabin in the Woods. In that film, a cabin exactly like the Evil Dead cabin is used by a secret organization to lure teenagers who are meant to become sacrifices. In the basement, are several objects, so that the youngsters have to choose their own demise, by which object they accidentally use to summon a monster. It could be that the glove was placed there, and if it had been chosen, instead of deadites, Freddy would have been summoned up to kill Ash and his friends in their dreams. This is the first time the book from the Evil Dead series is named the Necronomicon ex Mortis. It was clearly named after the book from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, the Necronomicon. Later, stories will demonstrate that they are indeed different versions of the same book. However, after this point, I will include appearances of the Necronomicon ex Mortis as an Evil Dead cross only, and appearances of the proper Necronomicon as Lovecraft crosses only. A Claymation version of this film was made in 2012. This film has been referenced as fiction, paid homage to, and spoofed numerous times in other films and on television.


A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: DREAM MASTER (FILM)
Release Date: August 19, 1988 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Story: Just before Kristen, the last of the Elm Street kids, is killed, she passes her gift of pulling people into her dreams onto her friend Alice, which is just what Freddy wanted. This releases Freddy from the limitation to only kill the children of those who killed him, and now has access to all the children of Springwood.
Notes: No crossovers. Included for historical context only. In the context of the Freddy vs. Jason dual franchise, this film follows Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood and is followed by Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. It has been referenced as fiction or paid homage to in numerous other films and on television.


CHILD’S PLAY (FILM)
Release Date: November 9, 1988 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Child’s Play
The Story: Using voodoo, serial killer Charles Lee Ray transfers his body into a “Good Guy” doll before his execution. The toy is bought for a young child, and “Chucky” continues his murder spree as a living doll.
Notes: This is the first of the series, followed by Child’s Play 2. A later sequel, Bride of Chucky, will have minor cameos of the claws of Freddy Krueger, the masks of Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees, and the chainsaw of Leatherface. Those crosses with A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre bring Child’s Play into the Horror Universe. This film was remade in 1993 as Zapatlela. This film has been referenced as fiction, paid homage to, and spoofed numerous times in other films and on television.


A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD (FILM)
Release Date: August 11, 1989 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Story: Freddy returns, once again trying to come to the material world, this time by trying to possess Kristen’s unborn child.
Notes: No crossovers. Included for context. In the Freddy vs. Jason dual franchise, this follows Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan and is followed by Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. This film has been referenced as fictional or paid homage to numerous times in other films and on television. It was also spoofed in Family Guy episode “Chitty Chitty Death Bang”. Stewie says “It’s a boy” just as Freddy does in this film.


NIGHTMARES ON ELM STREET: FREDDY KRUEGER’S SEVEN SWEETEST DREAMS “NOT JUST A JOB” (SHORT STORY BY NANCY A. COLLINS)
Release Date: October 1, 1991 (Contemporary Setting, prior to the events of Freddy’s Dead)
Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Horror Crosses: Halloween; Friday the 13th; Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Story: Freddy mentors a kid who wants to be a serial killer.
Notes: The kid checks out a book from the Springwood Library on serial killers. While it talks about real life killers, it also mentions Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees, and the Sawyer family.




FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE (FILM)
Release Date: September 13, 1991 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Story: Having killed most of the children of Springwood, and driven the adults insane, Freddy attempts to use his daughter to escape the confines of Springwood and kill all the world’s children.
Notes: No crossovers. Included for historical context. Following this film’s events, Freddy is next seen in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, but the dream demons who give Freddy his power appear next in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. This film’s conclusion has implications that are important to the plots of both Wes Craven’s New Nightmare and Freddy Vs. Jason. This film has been referenced as fictional or paid homage to numerous times in other films and on television.


TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (ANIMATED SERIES)



SEASON 6 EPISODE 9 “NIGHTMARE IN THE LAIR”

Release Date: November 9, 1992 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Story: Donatello creates an invention that allows access to dreams, but this also somehow summons Fred Krueger who then tries to kill the Turtles in their dreams.
Notes: An excellent Turtles crossover timeline can be found at TelevisionCrossoverUniverse.com. Freddy’s appearance here is during the events of A Nightmare on Elm Street the Series: Freddy’s Nightmares. He has been getting more and more powerful as he now feeds off of many residents of Springwood and occasionally is pulled out of town, like in the instance of this story.






LAST ACTION HERO (FILM)

Release Date: June 18, 1993 (Contemporary Setting; See Notes)
Series: Last Action Hero
Horror Crosses: A Nightmare on Elm Street; King Kong
Non-Horror Crosses: Basic Instinct; Terminator
The Story: A boy gets a golden ticket and finds himself in the universe in which his favorite film hero exists.
Notes: The boy is from the “real world”, which I tend to refer to as Earth-Prime. His film hero must exist in the Horror Universe. In relation to the other crosses, this film’s police station scene must occur on the same day as the famed leg crossing interrogation scene from Basic Instinct as Sharon Stone is seen in the same outfit while walking out of the station. As she is leaving the station, she is passed by the Terminator posing as a cop from T2, thus also placing the scene during the events of that film. A more complicated cameo is an appearance of Freddy at the L.A. police station being arrested. He should be dead and in Hell. And not in L.A. I have a wild theory that perhaps he managed to come back, and got pulled out of a dream, where he becomes a wussy wimp. Later, the main villain of this film finds his way to the real world, and attempts to bring Freddy and King Kong along. However, those dream demons who gave Freddy his powers are also in the real world at this time (in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare) with a new Freddy, and likely banished Freddy back to Hell behind the scenes following the events of this film. And finally, yes, there is an animated cat in the police station, which everyone dismisses as normal except for the visitor from “the real world”. As seen in Evil Toons, the Necronomicon ex Mortis can be used to bring cartoon characters to life. The Earth Day Special and Looney Tunes: Back in Action show examples where this might have also been the case. This film must be another instance where magic from the Necronomicon ex Mortis or a similar type of magic has brought a cartoon character to life. As in the other examples, the magic seems to make all around the magic see the situation as normal, but since the boy is from another reality, he must not be affected by the magic.







JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (FILM)
Release Date: August 13, 1993 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Friday the 13th
Horror Crosses: Evil Dead; Stephen King Universe; Creepshow; A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Story: The FBI finally figures out that there’s a killer at Camp Crystal Lake. Apparently his recent trip to New York City finally caught their attention. They surround him and blow him away. While his body lay in the medical examiner’s office, his spirit possesses someone, and transforms into another living version of Jason. Jason returns to the camp, and kills some more. Upon his death again, he is pulled into Hell by Fred Krueger!
Notes: This film is the ninth of the series, following Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan, and is followed next by Freddy Vs. Jason, as the ending alludes. Jason’s home contains the Necronomicon Ex Mortis from the Evil Dead series. This is later explained in the comic book Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash as a possible reason for Jason’s supernatural status. He also has the crate from the segment called the Crate from the film Creepshow, though no explanation is ever given for that. Evil Dead, the works of Stephen King, and A Nightmare on Elm Street are already all in the Horror Universe. This film’s crossovers bring Friday the 13th in as well. There are several timelines on the web that offer specific dates for the Friday the 13th films, and though they don’t all agree, they all seem to be based on valid analysis. This film is referenced as fictional and paid homage to numerous times in other films and on television. It has also been spoofed in Tales from the Crypt and Viernes 13.






WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE (FILM)
Release Date: October 14, 1994 (Contemporary Setting, but prior to the release of this film)
Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Story: In the real world, the actress who played Nancy in the original Nightmare film and the rest of the film’s cast and crew become haunted by Freddy, even if he is just a fictional character created by Wes Craven.
Notes: This film takes place in the “real world”, which I dub Earth-Prime, as it’s obviously not really our real world. It’s explained in the story that this demon is very ancient and has often been trapped by being placed in stories, thus becoming a part of that universe. Wes Craven had trapped it by placing it in the world of Freddy (which explains the dream demons that visited Freddy and gave him his power). When New Line killed off the character and ended the franchise with Freddy’s Dead, this released the demon. Wes had to trap him, by making Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. I believe the demon did not return to the Horror Universe, but instead went to another universe, that of the reboot version of A Nightmare on Elm Street, where they powered another Fred Kruger. Meanwhile the Horror Universe Freddy continues to have power, though to a lesser extent, which has been explained by the Necronomicon ex Mortis. This film has been referenced as fictional and paid homage to in numerous other films and on television.






SOUTH PARK (ANIMATED SERIES)
Release Date: August 13, 1997 - ongoing at time of writing (Contemporary Setting)
Series: South Park
The Story: Four kids have adventures in a town that is constantly attracting weirdness and the adults are all stupid.
Notes: This series takes place in an alternate universe that must be part of the Horror Multiverse due to crosses with A Nightmare on Elm Street and Cthulhu. Additionally, Chef from this show appears in Return to Sleepaway Camp, which must be his main Horror Universe counterpart. This show cannot fit in the main Horror Universe for a number of reasons. The characters don’t age. There are divergent events, such as the deaths of notable world leaders or military conflicts between the United States and Canada or later between the United States and Heaven. Additionally, many celebrities appear out of character with a more realistic version of themselves.


BRIDE OF CHUCKY (FILM)
Release Date: October 16, 1998 (Contemporary Setting; one month after Child’s Play 3)
Series: Child’s Play
Horror Crosses: Friday the 13th; Halloween; A Nightmare on Elm Street; Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Story: Tiffany, the girlfriend of serial killer Charles Lee Ray, steals the doll and performs the ritual to place his soul back inside it. The plan is to find a human for Chucky to inhabit, but when the couple have a fight, Tiffany resolves not to help him. As revenge, he performs a ritual to trap her in a doll, knowing this will force her cooperation. And it does, as the two seek out a young couple to possess
Notes: Chucky is brought in by the Katrina Protocol. This film occurs between Child’s Play 3 and Seed of Chucky. At the evidence locker where the Chucky doll is kept, are also the masks of Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers, the glove of Freddy Krueger, and the chainsaw of Leatherface. This brings Halloween into the Horror Universe. The others have already been brought in. Even though it was meant as a quick prop gag, this quick film moment connected five of the most famous modern horror icons. This film has been referenced as fictional and paid homage to numerous times in other films and on television. It was also spoofed on the Roseanne Show.


FREDDY VS. JASON (FILM)
Release Date: August 13, 2003 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street; Friday the 13th
The Story: Freddy, having been banished to Hell after being defeated by his daughter, and being abandoned by the dream demons that left for another reality, finds that he still has power, but his power is only strong when he is feared, and he’s not strong enough to return to Springwood. But then Jason is killed once more, and returns to Hell, awaiting the moment where he will be resurrected again to continue his good work of punishing naughty teens. Freddy finds Jason and sends him back to Earth (by posing as his mother) and sends Jason to punish naughty kids in Springwood, starting at 1428 Elm Street. In Springwood, the adults have a policy to not speak of Fred Krueger, and children with bad dreams are sent off to a secret psych hospital where they are given the same drug once tested by Nancy Thompson to keep her from dreaming. Jason starts killing, and even though a rookie cop thinks this is a Jason Voorhees copycat, eventually rumors of Freddy spread and teens start having nightmares. Eventually, Freddy is back, but Jason won’t stop killing Freddy’s intended victims, thus causing the two to have to take each other out.
Notes: This is the Frankenstein vs. the Wolf Man for the modern generation, and films like this are what get me so excited about crossovers. There are tons of great Nightmare and Friday timelines out there on the internet that will contradict each other. Basically, though, Freddy was last seen in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, in a cameo that leads to the events of this film. Before that, he met his end in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. His dream demons had abandoned him in that film and went on to appear in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, and then the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. New NIghtmare takes place in the fictionalized representation of “the real universe” which many call Earth-Prime. The Nightmare remake then occurs in yet another alternate reality that is part of the Horror Multiverse. Using that logic, other remakes that can’t be worked into the Horror Universe might be relegated to the same remake reality. Jason was last seen in Jason Goes to Hell: the Final Friday, and the ending of that film leads to this film. Their story continues in the comic book Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash. This film has been referenced as fictional and paid homage to numerous times in other films and on television. It has also been spoofed in Freddy vs. Ghostbusters, Tripping the Rift, and 30-Second Bunny Theatre.


HACK/SLASH: MY FIRST MANIAC # 1 - 4 (IMAGE)
Release Date: June 1 - September 1, 2010 (Setting is 2004 or slightly earlier, as this is Cassie’s first hunt)
Series: Hack/Slash
Horror Crosses: A Nightmare on Elm Street; Halloween; Friday the 13th; Spawn
The Story: The story of Cassie’s first hunt.
Notes: While researching slashers on the internet, Cassie reads of a man who kills in dreams in Ohio (Freddy Krueger of A Nightmare on Elm Street), a masked maniac who terrorizes a small town on Halloween (Michael Myers of Halloween), and a camp plagued for 30 years by a psycho who won’t die (Jason Vorhees of Friday the 13th). She also finds an article about Hellspawn, that includes a picture of Spawn.


HACK/SLASH: EUTHANIZED (DEVIL’S DUE PUBLISHING)
Release Date: April 2004 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Hack/Slash
Horror Crosses: Friday the 13th; A Nightmare on Elm Street; Hellraiser
The Story: Cassie Hack and Vlad fight an undead slasher who controls an army of undead pets.
Notes: Cassie Hack is the daughter of a “slasher”, and has devoted her life to fighting them. Thus she has become an expert on them. In this story, she knows about notorious slashers such as Jason Voorhees (Friday the 113th), Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street), and Pinhead (Hellraiser).


FREDDY VS. GHOSTBUSTERS (FAN FILM)
Release Date: May 13, 2004 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street; Ghostbusters
The Story: Every town has an Elm Street. And Freddy finds his way to Elm Street in Denver. The nephew of Egon Spengler forms his own team of Ghostbusters to bust this famous ghost.
Notes: Though a fan film, the original characters created for this film became canon in the officially licensed Ghostbusters video game.


BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON (FILM)
Release Date: July 6, 2004 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Leslie Vernon
Horror Crosses: A Nightmare on Elm Street; Halloween
The Story: A documentary crew follows the behind the scenes planning of a slasher.
Notes: Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Michael Myers (Halloween) are referred to as real life serial killers.


KARROLL’S CHRISTMAS (FILM)
Release Date: December 14, 2004 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Scooby-Doo; Casper; A Nightmare on Elm Street
Non-Horror Crosses: A Christmas Carol
The Story: Ever since he was humiliated in public by his girlfriend on Christmas, Allen Karrol has come to hate Christmas. He also hates his mean neighbor Zed Rosecog. On Christmas Eve, Allen gets visited first by Jacob Marley, then by the ghosts of Christmas Present, Past and Future. The problem is they went to the wrong address. They were to visit Mr. Rosecog, and thus show Allen Mr. Rosecog’s present, past and future Christmases. Despite this, Allen still learns a lesson about the Christmas spirit and how his own life has been intertwined with his neighbor’s.
Notes: The film indicates that the original Dickens novel happened, and visits by three ghosts is a regular thing, but that the job is not always done by the same three ghosts. The Jacob Marley is not the same from A Christmas Carol. This one was related to Bob Marley. One of the ghosts references other ghosts he knows, including the Headless Horseman, Scooby-Doo, and Casper. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is already in. Is Scooby dead? Yes, kids. In the Horror Universe, Scooby is dead. In fact, he was eaten in the film Slither. This crossover brings in Casper, the Friendly Ghost, but which version? Though I’m sure the implication is the cartoon version, there’s no solid in-story evidence to verify that. Therefore, my assumption is to consider this a reference to the version from the live action films. The first Casper film had a crossover with Ghostbusters, and thus is already solidly in the Horror Universe. A ghost also makes a reference in which he compares himself to Freddy Krueger. Though that could be a pop culture reference or a reference to a real person, in this instance, since this film has already been demonstrated to fit in the Horror Universe, we should just assume that this is indeed a reference to the Springwood Slasher.


HACK/SLASH: THE FINAL REVENGE OF EVIL ERNIE (DEVIL’S DUE PUBLISHING)
Release Date: June 2005 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Hack/Slash; Evil Ernie
The Story: Cassie Hack has to take on the slasher known as Evil Ernie, who comes from an alternate timeline where Earth had been devastated by nuclear war.
Notes: This crossover brings Evil Ernie into the Horror Multiverse. Hack/Slash is already in via a cross with A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th.


HACK/SLASH VS. CHUCKY (DEVIL’S DUE PUBLISHING)
Release Date: March 2007 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Hack/Slash; Child’s Play
Horror Crosses: A Nightmare on Elm Street; Friday the 13th; Halloween; Zatara
The Story: Cassie Hack teams up with Chucky for a mutual cause.
Notes: In the story, Chucky compares himself (as being better) to Freddy (Krueger), Jason (Voorhees), and Michael (Myers). Cassie once again meets Laura Loch, who says her spells backwards just like John Zatara and his daughter Zatanna from DC Comics.


FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH # 1 - 6 (WILDSTORM COMICS AND DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT)
Release Date: January - June 2008 (Set during the Christmas season, five years after the events of Freddy vs. Jason)
Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street; Friday the 13th; Evil Dead
The Story: Ash gets transferred to the Crystal Lake S-Mart for the holiday season, and the origins behind the connections to Freddy, Jason, and the Necronomicon ex Mortis are revealed.


FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH: THE NIGHTMARE WARRIORS # 1 - 6 (WILDSTORM COMICS AND DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT)
Release Date: August 2009 - January 2010 (Contemporary Setting, six months after Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash)
Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street; Friday the 13th; Evil Dead
The Story: Six months after Ash battled arguably the two most infamous slashers, Jason comes back for revenge, while the U.S. government brings back Freddy using the Necronomicon ex Mortis.
Notes: This is an official part of the canon, but in this story, many members of congress get slaughtered in public which would out the supernatural to the world. We really stretch things with alien invasions and giant apes and such, but it’s easier to believe in the days before cyberspace that these things can be covered up and people will choose to deny they happened. But in the modern age, it’s harder for these things to happen and still have other stories where people don’t believe in monsters. Thus, I’m going to assume that this story falls perhaps in the same divergent timeline as the Buffy Season 8 comics, which is a world where vampires have been outed and become celebrities, and where Los Angeles went to Hell and everyone in the city remembers. Having said this, if one were to desire keeping this story in the main timeline, I suppose it is plausible that after the fact, the events might have been covered up by the government as a terrorist attack.


HELLBLAZER # 265 “NO FUTURE PART 1: RETURN OF THE EVIL ONES” (VERTIGO)
Release Date: May 2010 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Hellblazer
Horror Crosses: A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Story: John Constantine finds his friend is keeping Sid Vicious in his closet. And that’s just the beginning.
Notes: Hellblazer is in the Horror Universe via this and a few other crosses within this book. In this issue, John’s wife, Epiphany, does the Freddy voice and then mentions who she was trying to imitate, to which John responds that he never met him. This seems to make clear that while Fred Krueger is famous in pop culture, he’s also a real person.


GOLDEN EARRINGS (FILM)
Release Date: 2010 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Golden Earrings
Horror Crosses: A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Story: A young lady finds herself haunted by her deceased girlfriend.
Notes: One of the characters had resided at 1428 Elm Street. That’s the address in Springwood where Nancy Thompson had lived in A Nightmare on Elm Street and the home that kept playing a key role in the sequels.



SOUTH PARK (ANIMATED SERIES)



SEASON 14 EPISODE 10 “INSHEEPTION”

Release Date: October 20, 2010 (Contemporary Setting)

Horror Crosses: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Non-Horror Crosses: Inception
The Story: When Mr. Mackey and Stan are found to be hoarders, and a sheep herder is mistaken as a sheep hoarder, a doctor puts them into a dream state to get at their deep problems. However, complications occur, and a team is led into the dream world by Fred Krueger and Dom Cobb.
Notes: This is Fred Krueger and Dom Cobb of the South Park reality, not the main Horror Universe timeline. Here, Krueger used to kill teenagers in their dreams for the military but has since retired. Cobb on the other hand is a shoot first and then shoot again idiot whose goal is to penetrate the layers of dreams further and further, which is actually something the main timeline Cobb would consider dangerous. However, this crossover does bring Inception into the main Horror Universe timeline following the rules for divergent realities. Another version of Krueger appears in South Park’s Imaginationland Trilogy. That version is a tulpa, created by the imaginations of the “real world”. Imaginationland is a realm attached to the South Park reality where everything that is fictional in the South Park reality is real in this pocket realm.



MORTAL KOMBAT (VIDEO GAME)

Release Date: April 19, 2011 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Mortal Kombat
Horror Crosses: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Non-Horror Crosses: God of War
The Story: Raiden of the past receives a warning from his future self of things to come and attempts to alter the future.
Notes: Mortal Kombat is in a separate universe, but their conflict often crosses over into other realities. In this instance, Fred Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street and Kratos of God of War find themselves drawn into the conflict from their home realities. This is an officially licensed appearance of Freddy, and though this is after the reboot, this is the classic Freddy, thus the Freddy of the Horror Universe. Therefore, the Mortal Kombat Universe must be part of the Horror Multiverse.



RED, WHITE AND BLOOD (NOVEL BY CHRISTOPHER FARNSWORTH)

Release Date: November 27, 2012 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: Nathaniel Cade
Horror Crosses: A Nightmare on Elm Street; Friday the 13th; Psycho
The Story: Nathaniel Cade is a vampire under the service of the U.S. President. During the 2012 campaign race, an old foe of Cade returns. He is the Boogeyman.
Notes: The Boogeyman claims to have had a behind the scenes influence on Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Norman Bates, the Zodiac Killer, and the Son of Sam. The first three are from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Psycho, respectively. The Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam are real life serial killers. This crossover brings Nathaniel Cade, the President’s Vampire, into the Horror Universe. This crossover also brings in the Psycho films. The Boogeyman comes from folklore (and your closet), and thus does not count for crossovers. There are numerous versions of the legendary monster under your bed in the Horror Universe. Whether they are all just one creature or numerous is unknown.

11 comments:

  1. I think you've got Freddy's birth in the wrong season. Spring 1940 is only a few months after December 1939, when I think we're supposed to assume he was conceived. Moving his birth to September 1940 also fixes the problem of him being 21 when he kills the farmer as a minor in 1961.

    Nice job besides that, however - though I do wonder how this fits in ;-) :

    http://www.lilformers.com/index.php/2010/08/02/lil-formers-197-inception/

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  2. You're right. I was going off of three different timelines as sources regarding the early years of Krueger which conflicted on dates. I had actually meant to go with the Spring 1940, and then backtrack the rape to Summer 1939. The dates of his childhood I messed up. They are all a few years off of what they should be, as his first murder of his adopted dad should have been when he was 18.

    It was a pretty complicated thing to piece together, so I'm not beating myself up too much about it, but you are right and I'm glad you pointed it out.

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  3. No worries - I love chronologies too, one of the reasons being they can point out the wrinkles in a multiple-media universe, and therefore help smooth them over.

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  5. The Freddy vs Jason vs Ash 2 crossover also references Halloween (the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois is a bus destination) and suggests Ash will be heading to Texas at the end, possibly to deal with Leatherface.

    Regarding EVIL DEAD II, the glove is seen in the shed, but the cabin never belongs to Ash; he is spending the weekend there illegally. Since the cabin's true owner, Professor Knowby, was an archeologist who studied Kandarian demons (the demons summoned via the Necronomicon ex Mortis) it is possible that he had already learned that 'deadite' demons had possessed Freddy Krueger, and made a point of acquiring the glove as part of his studies.

    Hack/Slash: Euthenized does not have an actual appearence by Freddy. Cassie Hack learns of his existence while researching slashers on the internet.

    The Marvel NIGHTMARE series had Freddy as a modern manifestation of Jack the Ripper. This could work if you want to assume that the same dream demons had previously possessed Jack, but this would conflict with the majority of other TVCU versions of Jack the Ripper.

    There was also an album titled FREDDY'S GREATEST HITS in the 80s, which Robert Englund did vocals for as Freddy Krueger. This album, coupled with the Fat Boy's song "Are You Ready for Freddy?" (also featuring Englund) and Will Smith's unauthorized tribute song "Nightmare on my Street" suggest that Krueger (or an analog of him) may have appearences in a universe based on music. If so, then perhaps Robert Englund's performace as the Phantom of the Opera tells the origin of that reality's Freddy.

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  6. Thanks for all the great info, that I plan on stealing in the future, LOL. Since these are crossover chronologies, each entry gets used more than once in different blogs. So when I get to Friday the 13th, Evil Dead, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hack/Slash (not really TV/Movie, but has enough TV/Movie crossovers to warrant a blog), ect.

    Freddy's Dead was a cool anthology series. It was like Tales from the Crypt. Freddy introduced and ended each episode as the "host" of the show, or the storyteller, but it always seemed implied to me that he was using his increased power to manipulate reality in Springwood to turn ordinary lives into horrific tales.

    I feel very dumb to have left out the crossover with the Fresh Prince, and I saw your post about the awful Freddy's Greatest Hists. It must fit in somehow. I do include songs when they can work.

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  7. Awful? I loved that album! I still have it, though I have no means of playing vinyl records anymore.

    And FYI, there is a Hack/Slash movie in the works, which should gave Cassie Hack more legitimacy for the TVCU.

    BTW, I'm currently working on a project called the Necronomicology which will delve into the lives (and afterlives) of Freddy, Jason, and Ash, since they've all been linked to the Necronomicon ex Mortis, so I may wind up stealing from you as well, lol.

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  8. I look forward to reading it. That's what I love about our circle of friends is the collaboration. We just build off each other, even if we do stray into other universes and may not completely agree on everything.

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  9. Not EXACTLY a crossover, but since you mentioned the Winchester Brothers on this blog, I'll mention that they recently traveled to Earth-Prime, where magic doesn't work, they are portrayed by actors who don't like each other much, and the apocalypse never happened. So, despite having not met Freddy, they have mentioned him AND they have traveled to the same alternate reality he did.

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  10. here check this out has Freddy crossing over with a bu8nch of people http://websites.horrornights.be/2007site/orlando/index.php

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  11. Something you might not have known: 1940 was The Year of the Dragon in Chinese astrology, and it maay be oddly appropriate for the year of Freddy's birth

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