Where does Freddy Krueger come from?
Freddy Krueger first appeared in the 1984 horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street, directed by Wes Craven. Robert Englund played Krueger in Nightmare and its sequels.
Craven based the idea of a killer who could kill even in dreams on an LA Times article about a child who died in his sleep while apparently having nightmares.
In terms of the killer’s appearance, Craven wanted his villain to stand out from those in other horror movies. He noted “I wanted my villain to have a ‘mask,’ but be able to talk and taunt and threaten. So I thought of him being burned and scarred.” Craven also wanted to outdo other slasher villains in the weaponry department, saying “A lot of horror villains used knives as weapons, and I didn’t want to duplicate that. So I thought, How about a glove with steak knives?”
Even Freddy’s sweater was designed to be “subliminally unsettling.” Craven read in Scientific American about a particular pair of red and green shades that the human eye has difficulty distinguishing from one another.
Nightmare on Elm Street ended up grossing over $25 million at the box office. Since the first movie, seven sequels (all with Englund playing Freddy), and one remake (without Englund) have been produced. The film magazine Empire named Freddy Krueger the second best horror movie character, after Ash from Evil Dead.
Freddy Krueger has been referenced in other horror movies, in TV shows like South Park and The Simpsons, and in songs by Will Smith and Nicki Minaj.
“My nails are so damn long I look like Freddy Krueger tf”
@killaudra Twitter (March 16, 2017)
“Being told your sweater looks like Freddy Krueger. Is that a win?”
@Gii3 Twitter (March 7, 2017)
“He comes to me at night after I crawl into bed / He's burnt up like a weenie and his name is Fred!”
Will Smith, “Nightmare on My Street,” He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper (August 1, 1988)