Wes Craven‘s 1984 masterpiece, A Nightmare on Elm Street, was certainly originally and was Freddy Krueger‘s first exposure to the world, almost instantly becoming the most iconic horror legend of all time.
Though his character of the dream-stalking child molester with severely burned skin was created from his imagination, the concept was inspired by a true story.
The family escaped, but the youngest son couldn’t get rid of the fear of something chasing him in his dreams. The nightmares became worse, even to the point he was scared to sleep and stayed awake for days. Craven commented:
“He told his parents he was afraid that if he slept, the thing chasing him would get him, so he tried to stay awake for days at a time. When he finally fell asleep, his parents thought this crisis was over. Then they heard screams in the middle of the night. By the time they got to him, he was dead. He died in the middle of a nightmare. Here was a youngster having a vision of a horror that everyone older was denying. That became the central line of Nightmare on Elm Street.”
”In 1981, the peak year of these deaths, 26 men, often Hmong refugees from the highlands of northern Laos, died in their sleep. Usually victims were simply found dead, but when medics arrived quickly, the men’s hearts were fibrillating or contracting wildly, a symptom Parrish said may result from numerous possible causes.” -LA Times
Medical experts attributed the young boy’s death to the same reason, but Craven used the inspiration to officially develop the script for A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1981.
The movie was released in 1984 and didn’t take long to light up the horror world with the Springwood Slasher terrifying fans who got to see it on the big screen.
The movie spawned a huge franchise and in 2003 it crossed paths with Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th where the two collided. Though Robert Englund has stated he will not return to his role as Freddy Krueger, the character will live on forever.
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