In the early 80's a technical mistake made by Springwood police officers freed the child killer known as The Springwood Slasher (AKA Fred Krueger). The families of the children that were killed became outraged and hunted down Krueger, before taking the law into their own hands and burning him alive. Now years later after the mysterious murder of a teenager, her friend Nancy has suddenly become the newest target of this deadly game. Returning in the children's dreams his reign of terror returns and with more force than ever. Using his new-found powers Freddy now not only slaughters the children but uses some of their greatest fears to do so. With only her boyfriend supporting her Nancy must discover her inner strength and find a way to destroy "The Boogey Man" if she is to survive the night.