Get ready to scream! We’re kicking off MTV’s Killer Halloween — an in-depth competition to determine the best and scariest movie murderer — with “A Nightmare on Elm Street” baddie Freddy Krueger. Each day, we will offer up two of the fiercest competitors cinema has to offer, and we’ll ask you to rank them on their deadliest attributes.
We’ve already seen “Freddy vs. Jason,” so now it’s up to you to decide who wins Freddy vs. Ghostface or Jason vs. Leatherface, etc. Face your fears and check back every day this week for two new killers and another chance to decide just who is the scariest of them all!
Occupation: Plant worker, school janitor (remake)
Weapons: Razor fingers, dreams
Arch-Enemies: Nancy Thompson, Jason Voorhees, Red Bull
Profile: “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.” With those words from a set of angelic-looking dream children, your fate is set. Freddy Krueger, the dream killer from Wes Craven’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street” series, will come at you with the unlimited power of your nightmares and not only take you out in your sleep but in the real world as well with his famous set of razor fingers.
Freddy got his start in 1984 with the original “Elm Street” movie. Famously played by horror legend Robert Englund, the killer known for his burn marks was a plant worker in Springwood who murdered children in the town. (He became a school janitor in the 2010 remake.) After a legal technicality allowed Freddy to walk away from the charges without a scratch, the parents of Springwood decided to take the law into their own hands. They killed Freddy, but that didn’t stop him. Freddy returned to stalk the children of Springwood in their dreams. One by one, Freddy took his victims (including a young Johnny Depp in one particularly bloody scene), but he finally met his match in Nancy Thompson, his most famous victim.
Though Craven originally conceived of Freddy as a more serious psychopath, the character’s humor came to define him in his later iteration, spouting off one-liners before taking his hapless teenage victims. The kills would take on elaborate and surreal methods.
In 2003, Freddy went toe-to-toe with another ’80s horror icon, Jason Voorhees. They fought it out from Elm Street all the way to Camp Crystal Lake. The fight ended up too close to call, when Jason emerged from the water holding Freddy’s head — which winked right before the credits rolled.
The remake didn’t grab hold of audiences like Freddy previously did in the ’80s, but it’s never a good idea to count him out. He has a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it.
Where do you think Freddy falls in the scope of horror-movie psychopaths? Let us know in the comments!
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