Film Adaptations

All of the original Nightmare on Elm Street films, including Freddy vs. Jason, appeared in print. Only Platinum Dunes’ 2010 re-imagining was not adapted for a book release.


Audiobooks

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream ChildA Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child Audiobook

Adapter: Joseph Locke
Produced by: Simon & Schuster Audioworks
Released: 1989
Edition: Audiobook (Cassette)
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Featuring the voice of Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger!

The phenomenon of Nightmare on Elm Street continues with the return of the gruesome ghoul Freddy Krueger! In this latest nightmare, Freddy works a deadly plot to avenge the devastating onslaught waged against him by the Dream Master, Alice Johnson, in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4.

Freddy will be born into the world again, this time as an even more powerful and destructive monster. How can Alice save her child and still prevent Freddy from continuing his rampage against humanity? Will the nightmare be stopped? Listen if you dare…

A Nightmare on Elm Street 1: Nächte der AngstA Nightmare on Elm Street 1: Nächte der Angst

Scripter: André Minninger
Produced by: EUROPA
Released: 1990
Edition: Audioplay (Cassette)
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Unter den Teenagern der Elm Street geht ein unheimliches Monster um. Rätselhafte Todesfälle häufen sich. Immer beginnen sie mit bösen Alpträumen, – Träumen, in denen ein Ungeheuer mit gefährlichen Klauen auftaucht und die Realität sich auf bedrohliche Weise verändert!

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Die Traum-FalleA Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Die Traum-Falle

Scripter: André Minninger
Produced by: EUROPA
Released: 1990
Edition: Audioplay (Cassette)
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Der Unheimliche aus den räumen der Jugendlichen lebte einst in der Elm Street. Aber Freddy Krüger ist längst tot, verbannt bei einem schrecklichen Unfall! So jedenfalls denken seine Opfer und trösten sich, denn Freddy ist aus ihren Träumen verschwunden. Vor ihrer Haustür taucht er wieder auf.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Freddy’s RacheA Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Freddy's Rache

Scripter: André Minninger
Produced by: EUROPA
Released: 1990
Edition: Audioplay (Cassette)
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Die neuen Besitzer des Hauses in der Elm Street stehen vor unheimlichen Rätseln: Küchengeräte machen sich selbstständig, ein Wellensittig geht grundlos in Flammen auf. Jesse ist am Rande des Wahnsinns. Freddys Rache naht…

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Party des SchreckensA Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Party des Schreckens

Scripter: André Minninger
Produced by: EUROPA
Released: 1990
Edition: Audioplay (Cassette)
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Von allen Seiten strömen Gäste zu Lisas Party. Doch Panik bricht aus, als ein ungebetener Gast auftaucht und dem fröhlichen Treiben ein jähes Ende setzt! Freddy Krüger kehrt zurück und hinterläßt seine Spur…

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Freddy Krüger lebt!A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Freddy Krüger lebt!

Scripter: André Minninger
Produced by: EUROPA
Released: 1990
Edition: Audioplay (Cassette)
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Die Selbstmordrate im Krankenhaus “Westin Hills” hat sich ungewöhnlich erhöht. Nancy Thompson weiß: Auch hier hat Freddy Krüger seine Hand im Spiel. Unter Hypnose kommt sie einem unheimlichen Geheimnis auf die Spur…

A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: Die Kralle des BösenA Nightmare on Elm Street 6: Die Kralle des Bösen

Scripter: André Minninger
Produced by: EUROPA
Released: 1990
Edition: Audioplay (Cassette)
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Durch Kollektivhypnose gelingt es Nancy Thmpson, alle Alpträume der Teenager zu vereinen. Doch Freddy Krüger gibt nicht auf. Er hat sich einen raffinierten Schachzug ausgedacht!

Hardcovers

A Nightmare on Elm StreetA Nightmare on Elm Street

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Published by: Crestwood House, Macmillan Publishing Company
Released: May 1991
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 48
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Part of Crestwood House’s “Tales of Terror” series! A teenage girl must solve the mystery of her friends’ deaths after they are killed by a disfigured man who stalks them in their dreams. A section at the end of the book explains the special effects used in the movie version of this story.

Publisher Abdo & Daughters released a hardcover series in 1992 adapting Nightmares 1–6. These books were aimed at young adults with curse words removed or replaced. Acceptable written adaptations of each film’s shooting scripts. Bob Italia wrote all six books which also featured color photos from the films.

A Nightmare on Elm StreetA Nightmare on Elm Street

Adapter: Bob Italia
Published by: Abdo & Daughters
Released: September 1992
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 64
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s RevengeA Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

Adapter: Bob Italia
Published by: Abdo & Daughters
Released: September 1992
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 64
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream WarriorsA Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Adapter: Bob Italia
Published by: Abdo & Daughters
Released: September 1992
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 64
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream MasterA Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

Adapter: Bob Italia
Published by: Abdo & Daughters
Released: September 1992
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 64
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream ChildA Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

Adapter: Bob Italia
Published by: Abdo & Daughters
Released: September 1992
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 64
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Freddy’s Dead: The Final NightmareFreddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Adapter: Bob Italia
Published by: Abdo & Daughters
Released: September 1992
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 64
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Кошмар на улице ВязовA Nightmare on Elm Street

Adapter: Arch Stanton
Published by: Gvido
Released: 1993
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Adaptations: A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Silence of the Lambs
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Кошмар на улице ВязовA Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4

Adapters: M. Shyback & V. Adamchik
Published by: Valev
Released: 1993
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Adaptations: A Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4
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Кошмар на улице ВязовA Nightmare on Elm Street 1-6

Adapter: Bob Italia (Russian translation: V. Shavrov)
Published by: Crime-Press
Released: 1993
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Adaptations: A Nightmare on Elm Street 1-6

Novels

The Nightmares on Elm Street Parts 1, 2, & 3The Nightmares on Elm Street Parts 1, 2, & 3: The Continuing StoryThe Nightmares on Elm Street Parts 1, 2, & 3: The Continuing Story

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Published by: St. Martins Mass Market Press
Released: February 1987
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 216
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Freddy was dead and gone. The good people of Elm Street had seen to it that the Springwood Slasher would never bother anyone ever again. Ten years had come and gone since then and only now were the people of Elm Street beginning to sleep peacefully at night, safe and warm in their cozy suburban bedrooms. Freddy was dead and gone… but the nightmare was just about to begin.

Note: Very well written accounts of Nightmares 1 and 2. Each story follows the films with acceptable pace and very little extra dialogue/scenes. The story for Nightmare 3 uses elements from the respective film but is an entirely different story than what was presented on screen. The “special chapter” explaining Freddy’s past is no longer considered canon.

The Nightmares on Elm Street: Parts 4 & 5The Nightmares on Elm Street: Parts 4 & 5

Adapter: Joseph Locke
Published by: St. Martins Mass Market Press
Released: August 1989
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 188
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Freddy’s back, looking for some “soul food”. And he won’t stop even when Kristen Parker—the last child of Freddy’s killers—takes a deep sleep that puts her six feet deep. Now the fiendish phantom is using another kids’ dreams to produce his victims—and to slaughter them in new and ingeniously gory ways.

His blades are razor-sharp, and his bloodthrist can’t be stopped. Freddy Krueger is eternal.

Note: Well written accounts of Nightmares 4 & 5. Both stories follow the films with acceptable pace and very little extra dialogue/scenes. The ending to Nightmare 5 is slightly different than the film version.

Wes Craven’s New NightmareWes Craven's New Nightmare

Adapter: David Bergantino
Published by: Tor Books
Released: November 1994
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 216
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Ten years ago, legendary horror director Wes Craven created Freddy Krueger, one of the screen’s most unforgettable monsters. Now actress Heather Lagenkamp is about to return to her role of “Nancy,” Freddy’s first and greatest foe, in the newest and most ambitious “Nightmare” movie yet.

But the line between fiction and reality becomes terrifyingly blurred, as Heather begins to have horrible dreams while mysterious accidents threaten those around her. As the ultimate “Freddy” movie rushes into production, the cast and crew find themselves stalked as though Freddy himself had escaped from the movies into real life.

But Freddy Krueger is just a fictional character… or is he?

Note: Very well written account of the film. Bergantino added brief segues between chapters with additional story elements.

Freddy vs. JasonFreddy vs. Jason

Adapter: Stephen Hand
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Released: August 2003
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 270
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WHEN THE BASTARD SON OF A HUNDRED MANIACS MEETS AN UNSTOPPABLE PSYCHOTIC KILLING MACHINE. PLACE YOUR BETS!

Freddy Krueger once invaded the dreams of a generation to exact his deadly form of revenge and murder. Now Freddy has entered into the dreams of another master of evil, the unstoppable Jason Voorhees, plugging cinema’s two greatest titans of terror into a battle to end all battles. Their battlegrounds are the leafy suburbs of Elm Street and the idyllic Camp Crystal Lake, and no one will be spared their fury. With their mortal souls facing an eternity of torture, the last few innocent survivors must make a final stand and destroy both of these evils forever!

Note: A well written adaptation with some minor flaws (e.g., calling Tina’s boyfriend “Rob” instead of “Rod” and noting Freddy’s glove having five blades). This adaptation also includes the alternate “Freddy ending.”