This week, we pay tribute to the undying legacy of Wes Craven by exploring the fictional crimes of Freddy Krueger as if he were a real life serial killer. (20 min) (8.7.20)
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THIS WEEK’S EPISODE:
Back in the 60s, a child killer by the name of Frederick Krueger was burned alive in his own home by the parents of his victims. Krueger supposedly died in that blaze. But a decade later, kids and teens in Springwood began to die in mysterious ways, most notably in their sleep. Things took a turn for the worse when somebody whispered the name, Freddy Krueger. Parents panicked, but continued to keep their dark secret quiet for fear of what may happen.
Of course, all this is pure fiction.
However, August is sort of the unofficial WES CRAVEN MONTH, with it being the month Craven was born (August 2, 1939) as well as the month he died (August 30, 2015).
So I thought I’d do something different on the show this week. And instead of tackling a terrifying true crime or attempting to unravel the mysteries of a fantastical fright, I’m doing a bit of both — with a twist.
I’m taking a look at Craven’s most iconic creation, Freddy Krueger, and I’m exploring his crimes, back story, and history as if he were a real life serial killer. Krueger is already larger than life…but what if he was a part of real life? It’s a fun little look at the history and inspiration behind the character, which includes Craven’s real life influences for the character creation.
Sadly, we lost Wes Craven a few years ago, and way too soon. The horror world will never be the same, even if his legacy does live on forever. I’m sure, before too long, we’ll get a new Nightmare on Elm Street movie, and there is a new Scream in the works as well. So we will see what the future holds for what the late, great Wes Craven has built.
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