But where did Wes Craven come up with the idea for Freddy Krueger? It turns out the inspiration for the murderous and nightmarish villain is a lot more real than you’d expect. Wes Craven unveiled long ago that the inspiration for Freddy Krueger came from a newspaper story a decade before A Nightmare on Elm Street would be produced.
The article detailed the unfortunate history of a family of immigrants. The group had managed to escape from the Killing Fields of Cambodia, but as a result, their young son suffered PTSD which included horrible nightmares. The dreams were so bad that their son ended up no longer sleeping at all, and he decided to stay awake in an attempt to escape having the same recurring nightmare.
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