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10 things you were never told about Freddy Krueger in “A Nightmare on Elm Street”

Freddy Krueger is one of the most famous horror movie characters from the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” film series. Who would have imagined that since his first appearance in 1984, this controlling, invulnerable and omnipotent being would cause people to panic; and it was not for less, since this being tormented and murdered his victims in his dreams, but that actually happened in real life, something that allowed him to commit multiple murders.

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Although he grew strong from fear and from the souls of those he killed, the only way to stop him was to take him to the “real world”; that is, to the waking world, where he could be hurt.

Because his physical appearance caused a great impact on the audience due to his disfigured face and his burns, as well as his peculiar way of dressing that stood out for a glove with sharp blades that he made himself, many of his followers are unaware of passages about him, which we will detail below. The collection was made ScreenRant.

Freddy Krueger’s skin is scarred from burns and lacks hair as a result of being cremated alive by Springwood’s parents (Photo: New Line Cinema)


In the following lines we will briefly describe everything about this terrifying character, whom we saw for the first time in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984), by Wes Craven.

1. How did the name Freddy Krueger come about?

Its creator Wes Craven announced that the name of this evil being arose from the experiences he had as a child. Although initially influenced by the silent film “Nosferatu” (1922) and a disfigured homeless man he once saw, his character was inspired by none other than one of his schoolmates named Fred Krueger, who he bullied and abused him constantly. In the film, he decided to subtly change the name to Freddy.

2. Why is your sweater red and green?

The colors of Freddy Krueger’s striped sweater were no coincidence, as Craven relied on an article in Scientific American in which he detailed that red and green were the most difficult to perceive. To this, he added a felt hat and a gloved hand.

3. The real reason the gloved hand hangs off Krueger’s body

The gloved hand was inspired by Wes Craven’s cat, which made him look like he had a long reach in the shadow world while everyone was asleep. However, there was a problem: it was too heavy to give it fluid movement, so he chose to leave it hanging down, which he identified as this character as well.

4. Freddy Krueger’s screen time

Although he is the main villain of “A Nightmare On Elm Street”, Krueger has appeared in approximately seven minutes. The reason? The filmmakers wanted that in addition to presenting him as someone terrifying, he was also someone unknown. Something different happened in the sequels, where we saw it more often.

5. Were his powers based on real events?

To create the powers that Krueger had, Wes Craven and his team based it on a real event: the death of several people who suffered from nightmares and died in their sleep according to the Los Angeles Times. Hence he emerges as a dream demon.

Freddy Krueger's first appearance in a video game was in the 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System game A Nightmare on Elm Street (Photo: New Line Cinema)
Freddy Krueger’s first appearance in a video game was in the 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System game A Nightmare on Elm Street (Photo: New Line Cinema)

6. He incarnated three times

Freddy Krueger was incarnated three times, although he always kept his original name: 1) Original Freddy Krueger, who was played by Robert Englund, who evolved from a man to a darkly humorous killer. 2) The one that appears in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, who acts differently because of the manifestation of an author’s demons than a slasher villain and 3) The 2010 remake/reboot played by Jackie Earle Haley, where he was just another being. dark, accurate Screen Rant.

7. He had his appearance in “Mortal Kombat 9″

In the 2011 Mortal Kombat franchise reboot, Freddy Krueger appears and fights against gaming icons such as Liu Kang and Scorpion. Because his foray into video games was not bad, this caused other characters from the film to be incorporated into it such as Predator, RoboCop and The Terminator.

8. His Ghent appeared in other films

Freddy Krueger’s iconic bladed glove became a legend in the horror genre, making him have several appearances in other films, even more than the character. Thus we have in: “Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday” when the glove drags Jason’s mask to hell; likewise, in “Evil Dead II”, inside a tool shed and even in “Bride Of Chucky”, the moment in which he appears in an evidence locker.

9. In a theme park

Thanks to the popularity it reached, we can find it in a theme park. In the late 1980s, he appeared at the Six Flags Fright Fest, where he had his own haunted house called “Freddy’s Nightmare: The Haunted House On Elm Street” for two years. He later hung out with his fellow killer Jason Voorhees during Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights 17 and 25.

10. Talk about the insecurities that children experience

Robert Englund, who played Freddy Krueger from 1984 to 2003, points out that his character represents the neglect of parents who are not aware of their children, causing their own fears to go to their subconscious until they grow up and become teenagers, but insecurities continue to accompany them.

In 2010, Freddy won an award for Best Villain (formerly Most Vile Villain) at the Scream Awards (Photo: New Line Cinema)
In 2010, Freddy won an award for Best Villain (formerly Most Vile Villain) at the Scream Awards (Photo: New Line Cinema)
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