Freddy Krueger

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Color photograph of Freddy Krueger's face. 

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Freddy Kreuger is a character from the 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street. Written and directed by Wes Craven, the film covers the story of serial killer Freddy Kreuger, who is able to visit his victims in their dreams and kill them while they sleep. Craven states that the inspiration for Kreuger’s character comes from a series of deaths in the Los Angeles Times where multiple victims reported recurring nightmares before dying in their sleep. Freddy Kreuger is played by Robert Englund, though in the most recent remake released in 2010 saw him recast with actor Jackie Earle Haley. As of 2023, there have been 9 “Nightmare on Elm Street” films, all featuring serial killer Freddy Kreuger. 


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