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"I'm free! I'm free!"—Freddy, as he burns alive in the first episode
Each episode features two separate stories, usually connected by the first part's supporting character who takes the role of a protagonist in the second part.
Freddy himself appears in some episodes terrorizing another Victim of the Week. Other episodes revolve around teenagers and adults who go through quite unusual dream sequences which lead them to death or insanity.
This series contains examples of:
- All Just a Dream
- Asshole Victim
- Axe Crazy: The Chopper in "Do Dreams Bleed?"
- The Bad Guy Wins: Freddy never loses in his episodes.
- Bad Humor Truck: First episode shows that Freddy used an ice cream truck to lure in children.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Second half of "Missing Persons".
- Also featured on "Killer Instinct".
- Bigger Bad: Freddy.
- The Cameo: Aside from his hosting segments and the few episodes starring him, Freddy would sometimes have a quick blink-and-miss-it appearances in the actual stories.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Protagonist of the second half of an episode is sometimes a person who had no real importance in the first half.
- Colon Cancer
- Continuity Nod: The fast food restaurant Beefy Boy appears in several episodes.
- Dead Artists Are Better: Protagonist of the first half of "Interior Loft - Later" is an artist who fakes his death to cash in on this.
- Deadly Game
- Demonic Possession: First half of "It's My Party and You'll Die If I Want You To" has Freddy possessing a phony psychic.
- Depraved Dentist: Freddy at the end of the first episode when he kills Lt. Blocker, complete with drills on his glove.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In "Freddy's Tricks and Treats," he starts tormenting the main girl because she refused to believe in him.
- Dying Dream: Some episodes' ending.
- Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: "Freddy's Tricks and Treats" (Halloween) and "Mother's Day".
- I Am a Humanitarian: In one episode a pizza parlor using "a special ingredient" appeared. Also - "Prime Cut" and "Dust to Dust".
- Imaginary Friend
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: As of yet no DVD release exists....
- In the US that is. In 2003, Volume 1 (the first 3 episodes) was released on Region 2 DVD in Ireland and the UK, by Warner Home Video. Volume 2 was also planned for release later that year, however, sales were so poor, that Warner canceled the release of Volume 2. So yeah. It still kinda counts.
- Last Dance With Mary Jane: Happens in "Killer Instinct" where a dead girl comes to see her boyfriend for the last time.
- Man On Fire: Freddy in the first episode, unsurprisingly.
- Nightmare Dreams: You bet!
- Off on a Technicality: Freddy is acquitted in the first episode because the police forgot to read him his Miranda Rights.
- Off with His Head: Many characters meet this fate. The most notable example is "Killer Instinct" with its sumbolical decapitation by a finish line.
- Riding the Bomb: Freddy in one of his segments in "The End of the World".
- Serial Killer: Freddy himself; also the Chopper.
- Shout-Out: The first episode title ("No More Mr. Nice Guy") is one to Alice Cooper.
- Spiritual Successor: The Freddy Krueger's Tales of Terror book series had a lot in common with the show; each installment even had a cheesy opening and epilogue done by Freddy.
- Stalker with a Crush: "Love Stinks".
- Start of Darkness: The show's first episode.
- Surreal Horror
- Taxidermy Is Creepy: "Cabin Fever".
- Til Murder Do Us Part: First half of "Easy Come, Easy Go".
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In many episodes the characters' nightmares are connected to their personal fears and phobias.