Welcome to a very dark and disturbing episode of Best of The Bad Bunch, delving deep into the psyche of the serial killer itself this week we take a look at the lord of dreams, death and desperation. Of course I am talking about none other than Freddy Krueger.
Anyone worth their weight in horror films will instantly recognise the long bladed glove, striped sweater and brownfedora sported by Freddy, originally making an appearance in A Nightmare on Elm Street way back in 1984 he has been haunting my nightmares ever since. Towards the end of the film series it was revealed he was the offspring of his mother being locked in an asylum and raped over and over by hundreds of men, perhaps a little dark and over the top it does serve to explain why he was created as a being of hate and depravity.
Krueger was a serial child murder who was eventually caught by his victim’s parents and killed him by setting him alight. The fear instilled in the people of Springwood coupled with the evil in his heart enables Freddy to make a deal with powerful dream demons granting him super human strength, durability, accelerated healing and warping. These powers worked with a greater strength when in the dream world but one is the most deadly. Reality warping means that when he attacks a victim in the dream world they suffer the same fate in the real world, Krueger stabs you in the dream you gain a stab wound in reality.
With his new powers Krueger continued to terrorise the dreams of the children of Springwood and made an effort to single out the descendants of the mob that killed him. Krueger successfully took down most of his targets over his 6 film killing spree with ease, this was with the exception of 3 protagonists who put up one hell of a fight. Nancy Thompson vanquished Freddy in the original film and returned in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors only to be killed by Krueger who was cleverly disguised in her fathers physical form.
Kristen Parker also appeared in a Dream Warriors, with the ability to bring people into her dreams she gathered the last of the Elm Street children together to defeat him, Kristen perished when she was thrown into Krueger’s boiler and burnt to death in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.
Alice Johnson defeated Krueger by eliminating the souls that gave him power in The Dream Master. Her unborn child then became the centre of attention when Krueger used her dreams to kill again, he was defeated in A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child in a collaborative effort between Krueger’s own mother and Alice. Unlike the other central characters Alice escapes with her life at the end of The Dream Child and doesn’t return.
Krueger eventually was destroyed by his estranged daughter Kathryn (now called Maggie Burroughs) in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare after being stabbed with his own glove and blasted to pieces with a pipe bomb in his chest, according to the film this killed and released the Dream Demons that gave him his power.
Krueger is a concept and like all good concepts he is difficult to kill, perhaps that is why he was so popular during the film’s releases. Personally I find the idea of a creature which can enter your dreams and torture and kill you to be quite a disturbing one and even as a grown adult if I think about it too much I will need a hot drink and a few episodes of South Park to distract me.
Please note: I have decided to leave my recounting of his story rather sparse (relatively spoiler free I hope) and have ended it with film 6. This is intentional. Readers may be interested to know that Freddy returned for Freddy vs. Jason and ultimately for the remake – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010. I felt these did not add to his story so I have chosen to leave them out.
Next Weeks BOTBB is going to be a surprise, not because I don’t know who to pick but because I already have an idea which will tie in well with the weeks releases so keep an eye out as it might sneak up behind you.