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Small Details And Forgotten Lore About Freddy Krueger That Are Pure Nightmare Fuel

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Freddy Krueger has been slaying Elm Street teens for almost 40 years, but he also had a history before becoming the Springwood Slasher? Prior to his profession as a dream demon, Freddy was a father, husband, and son. The filmmakers pulled from many influences to create his A Nightmare on Elm Street, including dark figures from director Wes Craven's past and legendary actors from the horror industry.

Here is a look at a few dark details and obscure lore that surround the Elm Street monster. 

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    Freddy's Choice In Victims Is In Line With The Thought Process Of Real Maniacs

    Photo: A Nightmare on Elm Street / New Line Cinema

    From Redditor u/lady_baphomet:

    Most serial killers [allegedly] tend to stick with their favored victims, and for Freddy... children where always his preferred target in life, so it made sense to continue that in death. He just does not find killing adults to be as thrilling, since as a child killer, he more than likely gets a thrill from dominating weaker beings.

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    Freddy's Burned Look Was Created So He Can Taunt His Victims

    Photo: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master / New Line Cinema

    Director Wes Craven said in an interview with Vulture that he didn't want his villain to wear a mask because part of his personality was his ability to taunt and tease potential victims:

    A lot of the killers were wearing masks: Leatherface, Michael Myers, Jason. 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.

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    Freddy Krueger Has History With The Parents Of Elm Street

    Photo: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare / New Line Cinema

    Before becoming known as the Springwood Slasher, Freddy Krueger was a mistreated child who was ostracized and tormented by this classmates... the very classmates who would later burn him alive. 

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    Freddy's Demeanor And Physicality Are Inspired By Klaus Kinski

    Photo: Nosferatu the Vampyre / 20th Century Fox

    Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund has talked in interviews about the various influences on his character.

    He told Vulture:

    Arriving over to the audition, I licked my finger and put it in the ashtray of my Datsun Roadster. That’s an old theater trick: Ash gives you a nice shadow under the eyes. So I dabbed a little there, greased my hair back, and went in. I looked strange. I sat there and listened to Wes [Craven] talk. He was tall and preppy and erudite. I posed a bit, like Klaus Kinski, and that was the audition.

    And in an interview with IGN, the actor said:

    I'm particularly fond of Klaus Kinski's Nosferatu, and that did influence my performance of Freddy a bit. Especially, when I reveal Freddy's baldness. Also, there is a bit of a "thrust neck" that I borrowed from Klaus, when a bit of the neck is thrust forward from the shoulders...

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