The host of the show recounts the events that led to his becoming a master of nightmares: sinister Freddy Krueger, the razor-gloved janitor of the Springwood power plant, is tried for the murders of innocent children, but is acquitted in court because of a technicality. Furious, the parents of the victims form a lynch mob and go after the fedora-donned fiend, planning to obtain the revenge the court robbed them of. The parents catch him, and he is burned alive by the enraged mob. They believe they have obtained revenge against the murderer, but Freddy is far from gone.
A moment becomes a lifetime between the pulling of the trigger and the impact of the bullet to an innocent victim of a drive-by shooting after he receives a bullet to the head. His girlfriend also becomes paralyzed with her fear of hospitals that seem to materialize when she becomes a victim as well.
A high school track star that's lost her competitive edge has her coach urging her to get the "killer instinct". The runner learns the painful price of winning when she experiences both the ecstasy of victory and the painful agony of defeat after the coach provides her with a talisman to help her not only visualize winning, but focus on the gruesome destruction of her opponents as well.
The fiendish Freddy Krueger returns to taunt and haunt a sexually repressed college coed on Halloween night. Deciding to work in her lab that night instead of partaking in the annual ghoulish festivities, she finds herself being tormented by the terror of Springwood.
A television game-show fanatic is thrust into a mental tug-of-war when her chance to win it big means destroying her oppressive in-laws. Her victory depends on her willingness to reveal her darkest thoughts about her in-laws and witness their subsequent destruction.
The perils of dating in the 90s are explored from both the male and female points of view when a lonely man exaggerates his virile prowess at a video-dating interview, and ends up with a monster of a date. Meanwhile, a plain-looking woman learns that beauty is only skin deep when she endures drastic measures to become beautiful.
The evil Freddy Krueger returns to sever the emotional and physical bond between the identical twins whose father supposedly helped burn Freddy to death years before. The twins merge their dreams into one in an effort to combat the vengeful terror of Freddy, who's bent on tearing apart their symbiotic relationship.
Mother's Day turns into an offspring's nightmare as two teens struggle for their respective mother's attentions. The teenagers are posed with very different problems: a young boy struggles to cope with losing his mother to an oppressive and overbearing new husband; and a teenage girl's cries for help, after being accused of murder, are cut off by her radio talk show hostess mother.
All roads lead to nowhere for a rebellious Springwood hot rodder from the wrong side of the tracks when he attempts to flee the doldrums of the boring town; and his girlfriend is initiated into her own living hell when she vows to escape by pleading for a haughty and exclusive sorority - both youths learn in a nightmarish way that you can never leave home, especially if you live in Springwood.
A somewhat wary groom-to-be has his greatest fears about marriage realized at his bizarre bachelor party, while his fiancée experiences her nuptial nightmare - resulting in the enraged couple feeling the cold, harsh grip of matrimony hours before their wedding.
Springwood High's star quarterback and his class president girlfriend take popularity to the cutting edge when "The Chopper" hits town and teaches them that while beauty is only skin deep, evil can hide deep under the surface. As "The Chopper" terrorizes the pair of high school sweethearts, evil Freddy Krueger finds himself competing against the killer's ability to wreck havoc on Springwood.
A motherless young girl takes advantage of the psychic power of her nightmares when she attempts to alter destiny. Her nightmares turn into reality when she attempts to right the wrongs of her past through telekinesis - causing not only tragic consequences for her family, but for the future of mankind as well.
An aspiring local newspaper reporter is forced to spend his summer vacation writing obituaries when his father gets him a job on the staff of the Springwood Gazette. As he writes the stories of his subjects' passing, he gets a little too close to the stories as he re-experiences, in graphic detail, the painful deaths of those he writes about. Meanwhile, a young coed who escaped death in a fiery car crash, in which her friends were killed, is lured to join her friends in death by the mysterious lover who once kept her from them.
Rick and Miranda elope with the hope of living life in the fast lane, but during an unexpected stopover in Springwood, they find their growing pains becoming excruciatingly real as they embark on an odyssey of terror.
An invasion of the personality snatchers at Springwood High forces one student to reluctantly join the responsible zombies of the adult world; while his friend discovers that success and failure are not such distant relatives. The two friends' hopes for the future collide with the reality of the present when they discover that being different can also be dangerous.
Commuter flight #976 from Chicago to Springwood doesn't need an in-flight movie, as it becomes the setting for terror and turbulence that provide passengers entertainment when the son of an airplane parts manufacturer pays for his father's mistakes. Later, a stewardess from flight #976 learns about taxidermy the hard way from a ghoulish collector, a lonely passenger in need of company - and a victim for his deadly collection.
A local baseball hero finally decides to tell the girl of his dreams how he feels about her, but he tells the wrong girl instead. She is not easily dismissed, and the star learns a deadly lesson in love when his romantic intentions become fatal attraction. Meanwhile, a recent Springwood High graduate takes a part time job, but terror reigns as "pizza by the slice" takes on a whole new meaning and his plans for a post-graduation trip go awry during his summer job in the pizza parlor from hell.
A student artist becomes horrified when he discovers his own artwork becoming more and more lifelike, revealing feelings toward some fellow students - thanks to the help of Freddy Krueger. One of the artist's victims goes through a horror-filled weekend when she has to relive an entrapment experience.
A thin, shapely college coed becomes a gross, disfigured human food disposal when a pair of harmless tykes she babysits for the evening turn into a couple of siblings from hell, who prey on her violent weakness for food, and she literally eats herself to death. Elsewhere, a bored family man learns that a more exciting existence could also prove to be a very evil and deadly one, when the businessman bored with his family life explores the evil, and deadly, alternatives to life with "the old ball and chain."
After months of unemployment takes its toll on his personal relationships, a young man finally accepts a job working in the sewers of Springwood, only to have his boyhood fear of the dark return to haunt him in overwhelming proportions. Later, a sleazy video storeowner with no regard for humanity gets his comeuppance after he double-crosses a very powerful vendor.
As a former flower child of the sixties - now an architect - approaches his fortieth birthday, his "living nightmare" features his only son as a merciless corporate tyrant, who punishes those who eschew the fascist ideals of "the corporation." Also, a teenage misfit questions her parentage, as she sees her mother as a burned and scarred woman, speaking a language she does not understand. It is soon revealed the teenager is catatonic and insane, the result of surviving a house fire where she saw her mother perish. She sees everyone as burned and scarred, speaking the language she does not understand.
A romance-starved high school student is preoccupied with his desire to conquer an incredibly beautiful, yet oddly mysterious girl. His preoccupation leads to more than a broken heart as his sexual fantasies get the better of him, and his "first time" becomes his last. Meanwhile, a mysterious beauty's fixation with the power of evil comes to a bloody ending when her request for a date with Freddy Krueger turns into a date with death.