Over the last few years, I have been establishing a tradition. Every Halloween I pick one horror franchise and watch it from start to finish. Two years ago I did Nightmare on Elm Street and I followed that up last year with Halloween. So, to knock out the slasher hat-trick, there was only one place to go in 2017, Camp Crystal Lake for a date on Friday The 13th. It was a challenge that I quickly regretted taking up.
Wes Craven’s influence on the horror genre can not be underestimated. As the great Kim Newman put it, much more succinctly than I ever could, ‘Wes Craven reinvented horror at least four times, most directors don’t even manage it once.’ Arguably his most telling influence on the genre was the creation of Freddy Krueger with A Nightmare on Elm Street. A film I was inspired to return to following Craven’s recent passing. However, that didn’t seem enough and I decided to keep going. In the last few weeks, I’ve watched every single Nightmare on Elm Street film, including crossovers and remakes. Why? Krueger only knows.