Continuing with our theme of spooky Halloween related content, today we’d like to talk about another legend of classic horror, Freddy Krueger, more specifically we want to talk about how his look was inspired by some random homeless dude.
Yes, according to Wes Craven, the gnarled, monsterish look of Freddy Krueger was inspired by a unnamed homeless who was apparently just as scary Krueger himself. We say this because according to Craven, the image of the disfigured vagrant stayed with the director his entire life and looking at Krueger, it’s not hard to see why.
As for the name Freddy Krueger, again according to Craven, as a child he bullied by a kid called Fred Krueger and when the time came for him to think of a name for a child molesting asshole who murders people in their sleep, he opted to use his bully’s name because fuck bullies. The rest of Krueger’s appearence was partially inspired by the obscure and stretchy DC superhero, Plasticman. Craven was a big fan of plastic man as a child, which explains why he was bullied, and loved that when he disguised himself as a lamp or something, you could always tell because of his costume.
Craven wanted Krueger to share this trait and decided to make him wear the most butt-ugly sweater he could think of, which he consciously made green and red because those colors are apparently the ones that clash the most.
In other words, Wes Craven named a child murder after his childhood bullym made him wear literally the most ugly sweater he could find and then made him as look like a burned testicle. Man, remind us not to piss off Wes Craven.