GIRLS ON HORROR (Oct. 16): Nancy Thompson




Role in the horror community: Final girl and first nemesis of Freddy Krueger

Claim to fame: That time she started having these super weird dreams about this crazy guy with Wolverine-like claws and this really tacky green-and-red-striped sweater running around in people’s subconscious killing them and stuff and no one believed her.

But actually, Nancy Thompson is the badass chick in the original 1984 Nightmare on Elm Street film that spawned a franchise that to this day still scares the bejesus out of me. She (and portrayer Heather Langenkamp) appeared in Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare as well, before transforming into “Nancy Holbrook” for the 2010 remake.

Weapon of choice: Her dreams, which ironically served as Freddy Krueger’s weapon as well

Why she’s bloody brilliant: Well, for starters she’s one of the original 80s final girls. And any fille who’s able to outsmart the bad guy is pretty awesome no matter which way you look at it.

Also, she was (sort of) able to kill Freddy, which is no easy feat. The fact she was able to figure out how to pull Freddy out of her dreams so she could demolish him shows she is one smart cookie. What’s more is that she goes on to try to teach others to do the same thing in Dream  Warriors. 

Nancy may not make it out of the third movie alive, but she dies nobly, sacrificing herself to save the kids at Weston Mills Mental Institution. And comes back to life in way in New Nightmare, as a modern day Langenkamp is stalked by the evil force that embodied Freddy Krueger because he thinks she is his biggest foe: Nancy.


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