Freddy Krueger's horrid 'burn victim' origins (video)
05:00 AM, Jan 22, 2014
If you ever thought that horror icon Freddy Krueger looked like a burn victim with intense fingernails, you were not far from the truth.
Robert Englund, the A Nightmare on Elm Street star who disrupted the sleep patterns of millions after the 1984 horror classic, says Freddy Krueger’s look was based on medical depictions of severe burn victims.
In an exclusive clip from Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (now out on Blu-Ray and DVD), Englund explains his first day in the make-up chair as Freddy Krueger with make-up artist David Miller.
“David whipped open this medical textbook, the first day I sat down, and he said ‘This is what we’re going to do to you.’ And it was real burn victims,” said Englund.
During the extensive time in the make-up chair, Englund found his demonic serial killer.
“A lot of what I discovered and used for the entire experience of playing Freddy was those first few make-up applications in David Miller’s garage somewhere,” said Englund. “When I got a brush in my eye, I found a little Freddy in there.”
Naturally whenever Englund finished for the day, he ripped off the bits of make-up and started leaving them on the floor of the studio — which itself is a pretty terrifying scene.