A to Z Challenge Day 6: Freddy Krueger (the Nightmare Demon)


I’ve mentioned this before, but when I was a kid I was a right awful wuss. I watched shows like, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”, but I did so through my fingers as I cowered from the corner of the couch. I read books like Goosebumps, but I’d have the light of a thousand suns burning in my room while I was doing so. I loved scary stuff and yet hated it at the same time. It was the silliest thing, really. I wanted ghosts and creepy ruins and all manner of monsters, but the second I had them it was like my heart said, “Okay, that’s enough, bye!”

It wasn’t until I started dating the man who would become my husband that I really started getting into horror movies, because he was a connoisseur of them, particularly the older ones, and the ones of the B-movie variety. It wasn’t until we were firmly seated within our relationship that I saw my  very first Nightmare on Elm Street movie. That’s right, in the year 2006 or so, I had never seen a movie starring Freddy Krueger. What the hell, right?

As it turns out, the Nightmare on Elm Street flicks were some of my hubby’s all-time favorites, and within the span of a few months I wound up watching every single one of them. Now, I’m not going to say that they were all cinematic masterpieces or anything. In fact, some of them are downright god-awful. However, since my hubby first began the slow process of completely desensitizing me to all things that go bump in the night, Freddy became quite possibly my favorite of all the horror movie icons. Why? Well for one thing, he’s creative. Being a nightmare demon has it’s perks, and a big one is that he gets to do or become effectively anything he wants. How totally cool is that? For another thing, Freddy is evil as hell, and I like that in a demon. I mean, come on…he’s all about killing kids. That is messed up. And finally, one of my favorite things about the Freddy character is that he was created because of the evil that exists even in innocent people. Spoiler alert, if you somehow have never heard of the story of Freddy Krueger before, but he became an immortal nightmare demon because he was burned alive by angry parents after he escaped child molestation charges on a technicality. There are other aspects to the story that are revealed in further films in the story, but the main plot point is that the parents of Elm Street, in their rage, took a child molester and turned him into a mass murderer who kills kids in their dreams. How screwed up is that for the adult characters, knowing that their vigilante justice ultimately got their kids killed?

Call me a psycho, but I’m a sucker for a good, creepy, outrageously uncomfortable-feeling-making back-story, and that Freddy Krueger has in spades.


22 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge Day 6: Freddy Krueger (the Nightmare Demon)

  1. Freddy was one of the first horror monsters I watched as a teenager (and I’m revealing my age here) in the late 80’s. My fav is Dream Warriors, which I think is #3. He used to scare me silly when I first saw him, but I was also quite confused by him, because I knew Robert Englund as the friendly alien, Willy, from V, not as a homicidal demon 🙂
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    • lol I can imagine that being a bit weird! Like seeing the Care Bears murdering children. o.O
      Dream Warriors is up at the top of the list with me as well. Cheesy as it is in some parts, I love the teamwork of a bunch of kids bending the dream world to fight back. Too cool! lol

  2. omg! i was ten when i watched noes3. i had nightmares for a month about the marionette part! talk about bringing back a childhood memory! =D

    • Oh lordy, the marionette scene. Yup, that was a good one. *shudder*
      I can’t fathom watching any of those movies back when I was only ten…I was scared of my own shadow at that point in life!

  3. You remind me of the misses! She absolutely cannot watch scary movies. Not even the Hannibal Lecter series. She did however dream of being an FBI agent like Clarisse Starling. Ironic, isn’t it…?

    • Oh I can definitely watch the horror movies these days…it’s actually quite funny. I started out as the biggest wuss in the world, and now I’m the one laughing my ass off whenever my husband jumps at a scene. I’ve become terribly desensitized. @.@

  4. I devoured scary movies and scary books as a kid/teen. I couldn’t get enough of Christopher Pike and R.L.Stine. I always read them before bed and then could not get to sleep. Strange how kids like to scare themselves. And I totally agree that Freddy is one of the best scary villains ever!

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    • I’m sure there’s some kind of physiological reason for kids loving to scare themselves…lol Whatever the reason though, I’m definitely right there with you. Someday I’ll have to write a post about the “barracks” back home and what we as kids used to refer to as the “21 steps of death”. XD

    • Oh yes…even though I’ve seen all the movies a number of times (some of my husband’s favs, after all), there are still a couple of Freddy scenes that creep the hell out of me. lol

  5. Freddy! I loved the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Saw them all in the theaters when they came out (except the newest one). A great character thanks largely to Robert Englund’s great portrayal.

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    • The new one (I assume you mean the remake) was acceptable in it’s own right…if I had never seen a NoES movie before I probably would have enjoyed it just fine. That said, after watching Robert Englund play the character for so long, I just couldn’t get into this new portrayal. Robert did just too great a job of making the character quirky and insane, funny and terrifying all at the same time. 🙂

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