19 February 2013 9:12 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Assuming I haven't been run out of town on a rail by you Dreadies after the first two films on this list, I'll carry on with the next entry. It's completely coincidental that two of the first three films on this list are directed by Wes Craven; the dude just made some badass films.

And perhaps none more badass than A Nightmare on Elm Street.

#8-A Nightmare on Elm Street

"Whatever you do, don't fall asleep."

Before he introduced the world to the horrors of Elm Street, Wes Craven had already established himself as a masterful horror writer/director with the releases of such films as The Last House on the Left in 1972, The Hills Have Eyes in ’77 and Swamp Thing in ’82, but it wasn’t until November 9, 1984, when Craven unleashed a horribly burned, supernatural child-killer named Freddy Krueger on the world in A Nightmare on Elm Street, that he became iconic. »

- Doctor Gash

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