"A filthy child murderer who killed at least twenty children in the neighborhood...the lawyers got fat and the judge got famous ...but somebody forgot to sign the search warrant in the right place and he was freed just like that."
Description: Ronnee Blakley as parent Marge Thompson relates the story behind infamous child killer Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) to her daughter, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) in the horror film classic A Nightmare on Elm Street(1984).
Every neighborhood has its odd ball. For the people of Elm Street, it was Freddy Krueger. After killing some 20 kids, this fiendish child murderer (dubbed "The Springwood Slasher") was caught, incarcerated and brought to trial for his crimes. But the evidence against him was inadmissible due to a technical glitch and he was set free.
However, the people in town—just like a mob scene in a ‘Frankenstein’—movie decided to inflict their own retribution on Krueger by hunting him down and setting his body on fire in the boiler room where he worked.
Unfortunately, the fire killed the body, but it just inflamed Krueger’s evil soul to return and haunt the dreams of the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you! / Three, four, better lock your door! / Five, six, grab your crucifix! / Seven, eight, better stay up late! / Nine, ten, never sleep again!?"
|Tina Gray:||All day long I've been seeing that guy's weird face and hearing those fingernails.|
|Nancy:||Fingernails? That's amazing you saying that. That made me remember the dream I had last night.|
|Tina Gray:||What'd you dream?|
|Nancy:||I dreamed about a guy in a dirty red and green sweater.|
|Tina Gray:||Well what about the fingernails?|
|Nancy:||Well he scraped his fingernails along things. Actually they were more like finger knives or something. Something he'd made himself. They made a horrible sound [Imitating nails on a chalkboard] Screeech.|
Years after the death of Fred Krueger, four teenagers, the children of those people involved in his death, all begin to experience nightmarish dreams starring a disfigured serial killer in a green and red stripped sweater who wears a glove fitted with long, sharp knives on his right hand.
As the teens begin to share their dreams and realize they are all seeing the same man, Freddy Krueger begins to kill them one by one by entering their dreams and doing them harm.
After Tina Grey is gruesomely murdered in her sleep by Freddy Krueger, her boyfriend Rod Lane is accused of the crime. A short time later Rod is found hanging to death in the jail cell. Freddy strikes again.
Finally Nancy Thompson, the daughter of the police officer who arrested Krueger has had enough and prepares to fight back. Using a number of booby traps Nancy dispenses her own justice. She goes to sleep and battle Freddy in his own territory.
In the end, Nany believes she has conquered Freddy Krueger, but he is just too powerful to defeat, and consequently, he reappears to threaten Nancy, her family and remaining friends.
|Nancy:||I know you're there Freddy.|
|Freddy:||You think you was gonna get away from me?|
|Nancy:||I know you too well, Freddy.|
|Freddy:||Now you die.|
|Nancy:||It's too late, Krueger. I know the secret now. This is just a dream. You're not alive. This whole thing is just a dream. [she turns around and faces him] I want my mother and friends again.|
|Nancy:||I take back every bit of energy I gave you. You're nothing. You're shit.|
Note: The Freddy character returned in the sequel films Nightmare on Elm Street 2 :Freddy’s Revenge (1985); Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987); Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Master (1988); Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989); Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991); and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994); Freddy vs. Jason (2003); and the reimagining of the franchise Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).