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Get A Piece Of Freddy Krueger
After bursting onto the screens in Wes Craven’s seminal classic A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, New Line Cinema), Freddy Krueger became a box office and cultural phenomenon.
January 1, 2024
After bursting onto the screens in Wes Craven’s seminal classic A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, New Line Cinema), Freddy Krueger became a box office and cultural phenomenon. For the next 10 years, actor Robert Englund starred as Freddy in a total of 7 movies, hosted his own TV show called Freddy’s Nightmares, and released a record album, Freddy’s Greatest Hits. Even into the next two decades, people couldn’t get enough of their favorite burnt mass-murderer as movie theatres were filled to see Freddy take on his contemporary in a fight to the death in Freddy vs. Jason (2003, New Line Cinema) and get his origin story reimagined for modern times in 2010.
One of the aspects that made Freddy Krueger such an iconic figure is his signature look – fedora, red and green striped sweater, work boots, and of course, his ultimate fashion statement that also served as his favorite weapon of choice, the razor-fingers glove. What a fit. Craven said that he decided on the claw-like glove for his villainous dream-stalker after wanting to find the most primal weapon a human could be scared of and thought back to cavemen having nothing but their own hands to fight. He also recalled stories about bears reaching between crevices with their claws and snatching cavemen away to rip apart and eat.
The overall look of Freddy came from a childhood memory of Craven’s when he awoke one night and looked out the window to see a drunken man on his street in a fedora look up and make direct eye contact with the young Craven before making his way to the front door of Craven’s apartment building and trying to get inside. When it came time to design the scariest man to haunt a child’s dreams, Craven knew exactly the image from his own life to draw from.
In Julien’s upcoming auction, Robots, Wizards, Heroes, & Aliens, there are a number of original Nightmare on Elm Street lots you can bid on, including Freddy’s fedora hat from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987, New Line Cinema), Freddy’s workman boots from Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991, New Line Cinema), and Freddy’s iconic razor-fingers glove from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988, New Line Cinema).
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