- NAME: FREDERICK CHARLES KRUEGER
- OTHER ALIASES: THE SPRINGWOOD SLASHER
The parents and citizens of Springwood, decided to keep both Freddy and the incident a close guarded secret for years. It was openly referred to as an urban legend. That is, until late 1981 when the children of the parents responsible for killing Krueger, were ending up dead in their sleep. Krueger had been recruited by demons in the bowls of Hell as the "Dream Killer", able to attack people when they were at their most vulnerable: while they slept. For years, Kreuger kept surfacing, attacking and killing while people slept. Every time, he would seemingly be beaten, only to return to terrorize again. It wasn't until his own daughter came along, who killed him once and for all. Or so it seemed.
Looking to escape the pits of Hell, Freddy enlisted the services of Jason Voorhees, to help him regain his powers, and return to wreak havoc on the children of Springwood. Kreuger's plan backfired and the two titans of horror battled it out to the bloody end. While Jason appeared the victor, Freddy showed that you can never count him out.
The character of Freddy Krueger first appeared in the 1984 Wes Craven film, A Nightmare On Elm Street. Unlike Jason, Freddy was played by Robert Englund in every incarnation of the character except the 2010 remake. Jackie Earle Haley played the character in 2010. Freddy has appeared in 9 films, which include Freddy VS Jason and the 2010 remake. The series also spawned two TV shows: Freddy's Nightmares and A Nightmare On Elm Street: Real Nightmares, which was more of a game show. Freddy has also appeared in video games, comics, and cartoons. Unlike most of the horror screen villains, what separates Freddy is his voice. Over the course of the Nightmare series, Freddy became more of a macabre, wisecracking taunting killer. Some may argue too much.
In 2007, Universal licensed the character from New Line Cinema to be one of the faces of Halloween Horror Nights XVII: Carnival Of Carnage.