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Freddy Kruger

Updated on April 17, 2020

Nightmare on My Street (DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince)

Despite Fear

Despite the fright that comes along with the mention of Freddy Kruger, the main antagonist in the Nightmare on Elm Street movie series, this psychopathic and serial killing horror movie character is a favourite and has a huge fan following.

Freddy, curiously enough, is quite charming and funny - in a twisted sort of way - so long as you're watching him via DVD, rather than dreaming about him!

Urban Legend Packaged Up For The Screen

Inside the storyline of Nightmare on Elm Street - down throughout the sequels of these popular movies, Freddy Kruger's name is hummed aloud several times too often in the town of Springwood.

Paying attention to the urban legend surrounding Freddy Kruger is what makes him powerful - quite literally! He uses peoples' belief in him to gain power within his undead persona and then Freddy lashes out to do untold damage. This means that talking about Freddy, whispering about Freddy, even thinking about Freddy Kruger makes him able to appear. When he does manifest and appear out of seemingly nowhere, his victims are helpless in slumber, their minds engaged in dreaming about Freddy - almost always despite their conscious efforts to forget about him!

Wes Craven created the Freddy Kruger character and the iconic undead madman-murderer is played by Robert Englund in the Nightmare on Elm Street films.

What a terrific twist on the concept of 'urban legend.' To put an urban legend inside a storyline and have the legend as the power behind a character or as the deciding factor of whether or not the character exists during a given moment.

The 'dream' vehicle by which the urban legend/character navigates is one of the most interesting fright-inducing factors in the extended storyline. Interesting because there seem to be endless possibilities in using the subconscious for so many purposes - utilizing supressed memories, thoughts supressed during normal waking hours, hopes and fears, reality and 'un-reality' - the list goes on. Fright-inducing because we've all had nightmares before and know the power of being stuck in fright between what is not real and what is real during the daytime.


Awe, Freddy has misplaced his glove again

Would you like to go return it to him?
Would you like to go return it to him?

Creepy Freddy Chant

"One, two, buckle my shoe" Freddy Style, featured in the films:

"One, two, Freddy's coming for you

three, four, better lock your door

five, six, grab your crucifix

seven, eight, gonna stay up late

nine, ten, never sleep again"

In one of the films "The Dream Child" the little girl sings it differently, with:

"seven, eight, gonna stay up late

nine, ten, Freddy's back again"

Freddy Has Some Weaknesses

First Weakness: In the realm of reality

IF someone can manage to pull Freddy into the real world, he loses his ability to bend reality

If Freddy is pulled into reality, he is vulnerable and can be injured

Second Weakness: Fire!

Fire will slow Freddy down and make him panicky and confused for a little while

Third Weakness: Someone experienced in navigating while In the dream state

Someone who has learned the skills of lucid dreaming extremely well can thwart some of Freddy's manipulations in the dream state


Courage/bravery weakens Freddy, since he gains power through other peoples' fear of him. Exhibiting enough courage can pop Freddy temporarily out of a person's dreams

Holy water and crucifixes seems to make Freddy nervous and have been used in the films to release some of the souls that Freddy has consumed

When Freddy was popular enough to be in a TV Series, the television show suggested that Freddy has no power outside of Springwood. At least this was true initially...

...eventually, the storyline from the movies saw Freddy able to reach beyond Springwood - particularly in the movie where he battles Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series/sequels. Freddy and Jason scrap on Jason's home turf, Camp Crystal Lake.

Frederick Charles Kruger

Within the mythology/legend of how Freddy Kruger got to be so evil and twisted is the idea of madness perpetuated by his father(s) - yes, plural - fathers: 100 madmen raped his mother, a holy nun, and in this insane and horrific way, Freddy was conceived by mother, Sister Mary Helena, and 100 violent madmen.


During the Christmas season, 1937, Sister Mary Helena (Amanda Kruger before she had taken vows in the church) visited Westin Hills psychiatric hospital which housed the worst of the WORST individuals considered criminally insane in the late 1930s. Under bizarre and inexcusable circumstances (staff in a hurry to get home for the holidays were negligent about proper lock-down security at some point), Sister Mary Helena found herself trapped inside one of the psychiatric wards - in the infamous tower which housed the most criminally insane patients. Sister Mary Helena was locked inside the ward with 100 madmen for several days and suffered repeated beatings and rape in this time. When staff returned to the tower, only by a miracle was she still alive.

She was also pregnant.

Little Freddy was born November 29, 1938 but was placed into the care of the state when Sister Mary Helena gave the boy up for adoption.

Mr. Underwood adopted Frederick Charles.

Because his origins were well-known, Freddy was teased relentlessly as a child, further adding to the anger that was already genetically implanted in him by his father(s). While still young, Freddy began to harm small animals. The killing of small animals also turned into self-harm, so by the time Freddy grew into his late teen years, he was a pretty mixed up individual.


But let's not forget he was also a very VIOLENT person before ever reaching the age of majority!

To add more to Freddy's motives for violence, his step-father, Mr. Underwood - a chronic and violent alcoholic - was very abusive to the young Frederick Charles. After Freddy had finally had his limit of the long-term abuse, he murdered Underwood with a razor, thus, had graduated from killing small animals - to killing a human being.

And his violence toward people had just begun!

Original Trailer Nightmare on Elm Street

Freddy The Family Man

Yes, it's TRUE

Freddy was a family man! He married a gal named Loretta.

Loretta and Freddy lived in Freddy's childhood abode at 1428 Elm Street. The couple were proud parents to a daughter, Kathryn.

For a time, the Kruger family lived in relative peace, bliss and apparent happiness. Freddy maintained a good job over at the local power plant and for a long time, little Kathryn Kruger's daddy showed no tell-tale signs of the murderous man he really was.

One day, Loretta found her way down to the Kruger basement and happened to discover a sealed wall down there. She snooped a little further and her curiosity ended up as her literal un-doing! What she found in the secret basement area was horrific and unbelievable:

  • Torture devices and tools
  • Newspaper clippings, mostly about the "Springwood Slasher"
  • A home-fashioned, claw-glove

Unfortunately, Freddy caught Loretty snooping around...

Freddy strangled his wife to death right in front of little Kathryn's eyes! He told Kathryn that he had to do this to mommy for "snooping in Daddy's special work."

It was be a little while yet, though, until authorities caught up with Freddy.

Quick Video Summary On How The Springwood Slasher Came To Be

Fan made video on Freddy Kruger

Freddy Finally Gets Caught!

While it seems that the demented killer in Freddy lay somewhat dormant (enough to allow him to appear relatively normal to outsiders) between the time he viciously killed his step-father and when he later strangled his wife, Loretta - after government/child services took his little daughter, Kathryn, away, Freddy seems to have snapped.

After Kathyrn is uprooted, little children start to go missing around Springwood. The media and authorities begin to say there is a stalker and murderer of children on the loose and give this elusive culprit the title of "The Springwood Slasher."

For a time, authorities are perplexed about the missing and murdered children and find no solid clues, no leads...

Freddy brings little children to the basement of the power plant where he works. There, he tortures and kills them - and goes for a long time undiscovered - until 1966. In that year, Freddy is finally arrested for the murders of at least 20 missing children.

Little Kathryn is placed in foster care while Daddy is in jail. She is also adopted out to a nice family.

Once Freddy is brought to trial, he is let loose on a technicality - a search warrant was not properly authorized. A drunken judge failed to sign search warrant papers correctly, and so Freddy was released from jail in 1968.

Although Freddy was a free man upon his release and all evidence in his case was deemed inadmissible by the courts, the parents of the slain children Freddy murdered had much different plans for Freddy than freedom at the time he was released.

The irate parents tracked Freddy down. They came upon him at his old place of employment, the local power plant - the place they thought he was most likely to go after being released from prison. They trapped Freddy in the basement - which was soaked with gasoline - and threw Molotov cocktails into the building.

The parents of the murdered children and like-minded neighbors had planned well enough and there was no way for Freddy Kruger to escape the fire.

It seemed the end had come for Frederick Charles Kruger.

The Dream Demons

Three evil Dream Demons come for Freddy as he is burning up in the fire set by the parents of his victims.

The work of the Dream Demons is to seek out the most deranged, evil soul walking among the living - and coax that one into an eternal and maniacal deal:

The person's soul, traded for the ability to turn dreams into reality - but the soul-selling evil mortal can only navigate within the dream state.

Frederick Charles Kruger, killer of children - accepts the Dream Demons' offer to "be forever," right as the flames from the horrendous blaze have almost entirely consumed him and taken his life.

Freddy's remains are collected, but instead of being interred into sacred ground in a cemetery, his charred remains get locked up inside the trunk of an old, red Cadillac. The car is at an out of the way location that people will likely never find on the site of Penny Brothers Auto Salvage.


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      Donna Taylor 

      5 months ago

      Donna Taylor kristen

    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Hi HoBoJimmy! Don't worry 'bout being called a chicken for being a little spooked by Freddy... A whole TON OF US are STILL SCARED OF FREDDIEEEEEEEEE! :) I REFUSE to watch a Nightmare on Elm Street past a certain hour... or I will not be able to go to sleep. Freddy movies are afternoon movie fare for me haha.

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      9 years ago

      This an awesome HUB, Great Writing!

      Freddy messed me up for a few years. I dreamt about him chasing me and I was afraid to fall asleep for a LONG while.

      Write On!

    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Ira Herset, I believe Freddy's biological mother had dedicated herself to God and was a nun. She was doing the work of God in an insane asylum facility when something happened with the security system. She ended up being raped and nearly killed by numerous men in the asylum who were considered the most dangerous and violent threats to society (paedophiles and killers), expected to never be let out into general society. A baby was conceived (Freddy) out of this violence/rape ordeal, and Freddy's mother managed to survive the attacks. The storyline relies on the "evil in his blood/DNA" and "conceived by evil" ideas, so Freddy was sort of bound to be bad/evil via his evil, dangerous, violent father(s). I think this is the strongest assumption in the movies/story concerning Freddy's motives/tendencies for killing.

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      Ira Herset 

      9 years ago

      So is it ever revealed why he first became the Springwood Slasher? Because we know he killed children before he killed his wife. So is it ever revealed what made him start killing children? Maybe it was the thrill of having power over someone? Or was it something deeper?

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      9 years ago

      i was humming because he is scary and i had bad draems and i die but im alibe.

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      10 years ago


    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Sorry this hub didn't please you, freddyfan15, when you were anonymously stopping by.

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      11 years ago

      this sucks ive heard better !!!!!!

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      optimus grimlock 

      11 years ago

      Great hub from begining to end! The new freddy movies is an insult to the original in every way. freddy has no personality what so ever and jackie earl haley is out of his league! Just an observation, keep up the good work!!!

    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      I guess you meant something like "wow" Deannnnna, eh?

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      11 years ago

      Hollllyyyy shittt

    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      I found the poem waaaaay interesting, blake4d!

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      11 years ago

      You should read the poem I have posted called The Harlequin

      of all things, I did not know what you just told really should go read it. Wow,..I think I am gonna right now.

      Thanx for that rather ironic an cool insight, Im gonna have to think on that one a bit, You just struck something deep in my life, unwittingly I assume.



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      11 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Yep I think that, particularly in film, the film creators, crew, actors, etc., are delivering definite covert messages and also a great deal of social commentary, blake4d.

      In Clockwork Orange - "proper attire"/top hats, white suits, gloves for those in the film who are the most violent (ie: the violence is not contained or hidden beneath the "pure" (white) symbolic attire or within the "proper" appearance).

      I don't mind hobo clowns as much as most other clowns, blake4d - but hadn't thought of it much 'til reading your comments overall. I haven't seen as many hobo clowns display bad intent as I've seen the "prettier" clowns with makeup and white face paint commit atrocities and violence, either. Maybe that's part of why hobo clowns aren't so bothersome to me.

      Here's something for you...

      Since you're thinking about clowns... I'm researching on "Harlequins" which were early stock characters in theatre - of a macabre nature. Or, in European folklore were connected with Faeries. Or/and along a pagan theme, are supposed to be related to Bacchus. All related to jesters, mimes, and clowns. In my research so far, it seems the harlequin - has all the features of all the rest. Funny clothing like the jester, face-paint like the mime, and can be way "ha-ha" and silly like the clown...except the Harlequin's purpose is unlike the others.

      (Thought you might find this interesting, is all)

      While clowns, mimes, jesters appear to have a positive purpose early on - the Harlequin seems to be a catalyst (perhaps, a "trickster"?) for evil - sort of like the harlequin is the most severe shape-shifter of all these types of stock character...and maybe that's why he/it resembles all the others but doesn't have their same catalystic effect. The harlequin seems to be the earliest EVIL stock character or the one who developed to have a purpose of mal-intent...

      Or - perhaps I'm up to late at night again lol

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      11 years ago

      We are on to something, I just realized In a Clockwork Orange by stanley Kubrick, all ot the LSD milk drinking Ultra Violence thugs wore top hats, gloves and all white. Again the need to be extra cleanly (next to Godly?) while committing atrociites and ultra violence. You hate clowns...

      Well hippies with lsd and chaotic mayhem as their goal is just another kinda white face clown to me. Say no to gloved tree huggers.

      (on a side note, yes face painted white face clowns, mimes etc do tend to have an evil presence. But the Hobo clown...with only a fake nose a black top hat, and if I am not mistaken wears no white face make up and wears no gloves - or ones with holes for his fingers. To me the Hobo dclown is the opposite energy of the white face evil clowns like Pennywise in IT. Unfortunately you never meet a Hobo clown who is very smart, and they usually drink A LOT. I think hard liquor is a kind of holy water against the evil clowns. Also Hobo clowns alwys have shoes that are tattered, and are usually the one who can speak, and may carry a horn to blow like the one Stooge did...) That's it, like the Three stooges, they were a trio of Hobo clowns. They use props but do not paint faces.Maybe face paint is like warpaint,,,not funny? Okay enough clowning around.


      Of course hands and gloves are a phallic thing, What else are you supposed to jack off with?

    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Very interesting theory on gloves, blake4d...

      Now this is scary and we must really be on the same wavelength sometimes 'cos I have actually thought a lot about the same things, along with "masks," however, I think most of my ideas concerning masks are about my clown phobia, so I haven't always associated the whole mask thing with other features involved in 'costumes' very often 'til now - including the gloves, as you see these items. I guess I've considered the gloves - just not as in depth as you have.

      I think there's a huge phallic thing going on with gloves, though - in a lot of the horror-movie 'costumes.' ie: most gloves (except surgical ones) make the hand appear bigger - Texas Chainsaw Massacre/Leatherface's workgloves, the Freddy Kruger modified gloves (huge and deadly phallic extensions), "caped-crusader" and superhero gloves make their hands look bigger, too. I think some of the effect is in the hand no longer looking "human" in cases of severe and violent horror films - the dehumanizing, more and more, of the killer/attacker.

      I think, with masks, the same 'dehumanization' is going on and the whole complex concept of "altered identity" is particularly spooky...probably part of the reason I really dislike clowns - even if they're not wearing masks...the facepaint is spookier to me 'cos you can see the shape of their real face WHILE you see the altered make-up lines.

      Instant phobia: clowns + just add gloves = mythbuster running away lol

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      11 years ago

      I have a theory MB. Basically when someone wears a glove or gloves, they are always scarier than the non gloved.

      Examples: Freedy big knife fingered glove and weapon of choice, the Elephant Man wore gloves, Dr. Jekyll didn't but Mr. Hyde did wear gloves, Phantom of the Opera wore mask and gloves even while playing, Dr. Phibes (vincent price) and all evil doctors wear rubber gloves while performing their evil surgical sacrifices, Dr. Doom in the comiic books big metal gloves, infact every reallycool super hero has gloves on Batman,Green lantern, or else they have hands made of stone or something, Dr. Strange and all great magicians wear gloves at least some of the time, Leatherface from Chainsaw massacre wore those famer gloves while cutting up meat, all boxers wear gloves, all evil temptresses show up in elbow length gloves, and anyone with gloves on is up to no good cause they are trying not to leave finger prints. And anytime they show a girl washing dishes with rubber gloves in a porno, you know she is about to take it standing up from something big long and hard enough to make her scream like she saw bigfoot.

      Oh yeah, federal agents bust down your door, will be wearing gloves to dust for prints and blood. All robots have fake or gloved hands, OJ simpson had on bloody gloves allegedly, Michael Jackson was the gloved one. This may not apply, but didn't Rocky and Bullwinkle wear gloves when flying their plane and crashing it to the ground.

      Which brings up a side point, those fingerless bike riding gloves are never scary. Noone wearing fingerless gloves, or bicycle short has ever made anyone afraid of anything except maybe today they were about to come out of the closet.

      And I always though Thing from the Adams Family should have been give a glove to wear. The only thing scarier than a gloved psycho, is an ungloved hand running around by itself naked. There you go, my opinion is based mostly on conjecture. But if you follow my train of thought - you will come to see why with Gloves, No Love.

    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Hey eric - thanks for stopping by and asking that all-important question - is there a way to kill Freddy Kruger? Well - yes - but with a technique that is too hard for most people to do...people have to stop allowing Freddy to live in figments of their imagination...

      That probably doesn't help any, huh?

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      11 years ago

      is there ANYWAY TO KILL HIM?

    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Hi Brandon! Thanks for stopping by - also for leaving a very appropriate and interesting article link. I've visited your hub, also on the topic of Freddy Kruger, and was rather horrified by the details you've turned up about strange deaths in Southeast Asia. Very mysterious and frightening, indeed.

      For other readers: Do visit the link Brandon has provided. There's a freaky article awaiting you that I'm not even sure how to respond more to at this time. About something the Asians have called "bangungot."

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      11 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very cool hub! :) I really like how you've gleaned Freddy's weaknesses for everyone, based on the movies!

      I have a new hub, just in time for "A Nightmare on Elm Street," in which I cover the real-life story Freddy Krueger's reign of terror is based on!

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      11 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      ahhh - no time, no time, Crazdwriter, Freddy would have to line up to see me in person...I've got other nightmares goin' on lol

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      11 years ago

      aaa but myth. I am sure he would love to the thank you in person for finding his glove. lol

    • mythbuster profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Yeah well, Crazdwriter, while you're talking to Freddy, tell him I'll just MAIL IT - no need for him to stop by and pick up his glove lol

      Thx for reading - glad you liked the hub.

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      11 years ago

      ooo that song always creeped me out when the little girls in the white dresses ssang it wihle playing jump rope. Great hub, mythbuster. I definitely enjoyed reading this. and don't worry I'll tell Freddy where is glove ran off to. LOL

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      Annette Thomas 

      11 years ago from Northeast Texas

      I had the pleasure of working with Robert Englund in 2004 on his new reality show "Real Nightmares". You can read about it in my Hub "My reality show experience: the whole story". He is a very talented man, interesting and genuinely likes his fans. He's very accessable and easy to talk to. He set me at ease right away and was genuinely interested in my phobia. Robert Englund: the man, myth, legend!

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      11 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Hey susanlang, I'm heading right on over to read your material and find out what your views on Freddy are!

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      11 years ago

      Mythbuster... I must say you did a good job in putting this hub together. I have an interest in Freddy Kruger as well, but, for very different reasons. Your a very good writer and I hope you stop by my hub and read what I had to say about Freddy. Thank you.

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      11 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Thanks, STORMY - glad you were impressed. I gather you were impressed, as you write in all caps and exclamation!

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      11 years ago

      WOW WHAT A GREAT STORY!!!!!!!!!!!


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