Freddy Krueger
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Freddy Krueger as portrayed by Jackie Earle Haley
Freddy Krueger

Groundskeeper (when he was alive)
Serial Killer


Freddy Krueger was the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street Film Series. That version of Krueger was the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street Reboot. In that film, Freddy appeared once again as a Dream Demon and a serial killer, though that time, he was also a child molester who killed the grownup children who caused his death in their nightmares, but was finally defeated by Nancy Holbrook. Unlike the Original Freddy Krueger, who, over the course of the series, developed a cheeky and dark humored personality and always cracked puns and jokes when he killed his victims, the reboot version of Freddy seemed to be more in line with how Wes Craven had originally envisioned the character; a darker, sadistic, and much more serious killer.

Killer File

Freddy Krueger was the Groundskeeper at Badham Preschool, a child molester, and he had a more personal connection with the protagonist, Nancy Holbrook, as he molested her and some of her friends and she was his favorite. Freddy initially appeared to have been wrongly accused and seemingly looked like a friendly gardener around the children. The parents, after they heard about the abuse from their children and observed slashes on their skin and clothes that were consistent with his Trademark Glove, burned Freddy to death rather than turned him into the police. The parents did that to spare their children the trauma of having to testify against him in open court.

Having been burned to death, Freddy somehow returned as a vengeful Dream Demon who killed off the grownup children in their dreams one by one as payback against the parents for killing him.

During the climax, Nancy pulled Freddy into reality and apparently killed him by severing his gloved-hand and slashed his throat with a broken paper cutter blade. However, Freddy was still alive and he killed Nancy's mother, Gwen Holbrook, from the mirror reflection.


The remake Freddy's clothing looked almost identical to the original Freddy Krueger; he wore the same red and green sweater and hat as well as sported the iconic glove that he used to kill his victims. The only difference were his burns, which looked much more realistic in the remake and had a noticeable hole on his cheek as well as one milky cloudy eye and one red blood shot eye. Along with those, that version of Freddy Krueger looked more gaunt and thinner than the original Freddy Krueger.

Victims of the Glove

  • Dean Russell - Killed in Springwood Diner via infliction of honey knife slitting throat.
  • Kris Fowles - Killed in home via glove blade slice across chest and impact of fall.
  • Jesse Braun - Killed in Springwood Police Station Cell via puncture hole through chest.
  • Marcus Yeon - Killed in home via head shove into computer screen.
  • Gwen Holbrook - Killed in home via puncture wound of blades through eyes and collision with glass.
  • Lisa Harper - Killed in her sleep by unknown causes.
  • Bret Tanzer - Killed in car crash from staying up too long.
  • The Other 5 Children - Killed by Freddy by unknown circumstances.


  • Billy Bob Thornton was considered for the role of Freddy Krueger.
  • Jackie Earle Haley, who played Freddy, originally auditioned for the role of Glen Lantz in the original Elm Street, but lost to his friend, Johnny Depp. Haley went on and portrayed Freddy in the remake 26 years later.
  • The remake Freddy being a child molester was something that Wes Craven had wanted the original Freddy to be in the first Nightmare Film, but the idea was dropped in order to avoid being accused of exploiting the spate of highly publicized child molestation cases in California around the time. A Nightmare on Elm Street then went into production.
  • A new version of Freddy Krueger was announced as a DLC Character for the reboot of the fighting game series, Mortal Kombat. Instead of going with how he normally looked, the developers instead chose the Reboot Freddy as the character model while they utilized a Robert Englund style of voice acting. 
  • This was the only Freddy Krueger portrayal to have his scars and burned appearance to be completely CGI rather than practical makeup affects.