Worst to Best: Halloween, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street

I found this on a message board, Rank em: Friday, Nightmare & Halloween films(no longer up). I began thinking about my list and where the films would fall. This person’s list is not the best. I would do it very differently…so here we are. I am once again voicing my opinion about horror films. This time, I am doing the big three Halloween, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. All 30 films, in order from worst to first.

This is my list, my opinion, take it how you want. It was hard to come up with and I have played with the order a couple of different ways. I love all three of these horror series. I grew up with each and while they are similar, they are very different.

Halloween seems to be more set in reality and is very grounded.

Friday the 13th is all about the kill, it has camp moments and to me, is all about the fun. I like the way the series is broken up. The first film, Jason’s mother is the killer and it is a “who done it”? The next 3 were all Jason, Jason dies and we get an impostor Jason, then Jason is back for 3 more before the series jumps off the deep end with Jason goes to Hell and Jason X.

A Nightmare on Elm Street, started as a serious horror film series and went down hill. But it is totally supernatural.

30. Halloween II (2009)


29. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)


28. Jason Goes to Hell: the Final Friday (1993)


27. Jason X (2001)


26. Halloween Resurrection (2001)


25. Freddy’s Dead: the Final Nightmare (1991)


24. Halloween 5: the Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)


23. Friday the 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)


22. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child (1989)


21. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)


20. Halloween (2007)


19. Halloween H20 (1998)


18. Friday the 13th 3D (1982)


17. Friday the 13th VII: the New Blood (1988)


16. Halloween 6: the Curse of Michael Myers (1995)


15. Freddy vs Jason (2003)


14. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)


13. Friday the 13th V: A New Beginning (1985)


12. Friday the 13th (2009)


11. Friday the 13th part 2 (1981)


10. Halloween II (1981)


9. Friday the 13th (1980)


8. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: the Dream Master (1988)


7. Halloween 4: the Return of Michael Myers (1988)


6. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)


5. Friday the 13th: the Final Chapter (1984)


4. Friday the 13th part VI: Jason Lives (1986)


3. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)


2. Halloween (1978)


1.A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)


So, what do you think? I challenge you to come up with you’re own list, it is not easy. I do seem to favor the Nightmare films. But I know Halloween is one of the most amazing and ground breaking horror films ever. A Nightmare on Elm Street goes beyond the slasher genre and it is so much more.

Thanks for checking this out.

About Ray Marek III 261 Articles
I am a lifelong horror fan. I have written for a few web sites, Kung-Fu Comrades, Nightfall Unlimited and Rage of Rayzor. Freddy's Revenge was the first Horror Film I watched, I was 5. When my mom found out I liked horror films, she began challenging me. Soon to follow were the likes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Dawn of the Dead. Horror is in my blood, I want to share that with you...my blood...horror. I write unpublished comics. Lifelong dream is to write comics for a major comic book publisher or build my own comic book company.