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VILLAIN VAULT VOLUME 1: NEVER GOING TO SLEEP AGAIN

What makes Freddy Krueger such a fantastic villain isn’t just his remarkable ability to slaughter you while you sleep – but also his insanely ridiculous sense of humor. Until Freddy got a super serious reboot makeover in recent years he was known (and loved) for his one liners, darkest of dark humor and the frightening ways he can kill a person all the while having just a bit too much fun.

He’s used high school kids as puppets, smashed them head first into televisions, taken advantage of the fact that they couldn’t speak or walk and used their drug problems against them – and that’s all just over the course of a single movie. As the series progressed the writers found more and more outrageous ways to put someone to death and in some instances they were too silly.. even for Nightmare on Elm Street.

One of the most frightening things about Krueger is that the idea for him came from something that actually happened in our reality:

Wes Craven says his inspiration for the basis of Krueger’s power stemmed from several stories in the Los Angeles Times about a series of mysterious deaths: All the victims had reported recurring nightmares beforehand about a man named Mr. K., thus the name Fred Krueger, and died in their sleep.

Apparently that was all Wes Craven needed to create a film that as a kid kept me awake more than any other movie or fear a child could have. Well played, Mr. Craven. I know you stick-in-the-mud parents out there reading this must be thinking “Why in the hell was he watching Nightmare On Elm Street as a kid?!” To answer that question with a question I say: Do you really know what your kids are watching when they spend the night with a friend? No, no you don’t. Thus my first exposure to the terrifying world of Freddy Krueger and at least a dozen nightmare filled nights afterward.

After Nightmare On Elm Street became a huge success (for a low budget horror movie at the time) they began to soften Freddy’s image a bit for more mainstream ventures. After a few movies we were given a Tales From The Crypt style show called “Freddy’s Nightmares”:

A Nightmare On Elm Street board game:

And even Nightmare on Elm Street video games:

He’s even terrifying in 8-bit. By this point Freddy had truly made it into pop culture and become a household name. Over the next few years he’d go on to star in an updated version of the series (New Nightmare) and even battle Jason (Freddy vs Jason) until the lead actor was replaced and Freddy became less of a joker and more of the super serious murdering pedophile he was originally written to be. I’ll always prefer the first version – Freddy didn’t need extra emphasis on the kiddy diddling to make him scarier.. he was already terrifying.

Now that the series has been rebooted and the lead actor changed I’ve lost interest in the series – but Robert Englund’s Freddy Kreuger will always have a welcome spot in our Villain Vault.

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