The film: A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
The death: Freddy Krueger is known as 'The Springwood Slasher'.
His favourite pastime is slaughtering ankle-biters with a razor-sharp finger-glove accessory.
When a judge releases him back into the community, anguished parents corner the pre-school caretaker in his boiler room and burn him alive.
The revenge: One thing the lynch mob didn’t count on was Krueger becoming a demon, who, with his scarred visage, knife-glove and cheery red-striped jumper, stalks his victims in their dreams.
He even has his own theme song/nursery rhyme. In your face, Jason Voorhees!
Best revenge moment: One of his early kills – where he murderlises Tina Gray (Amanda Wyss) in her dreams, implicating her boyfriend Rod taking the fall for the murder.
Cue the haunting image of a girl being dragged up a wall and to the ceiling, all the while being cut open by invisible blades.
There are better ways to wake up in the morning.
Next: The Gingerdead Man