The Inspiration behind Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street

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The Inspiration behind Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is without a doubt one of the scariest movies ever created. It was a story about a vicious killer that didn’t kill you when you were awake, but rather in your dreams.

The only way to escape Freddy Krueger was to not go to sleep. The horror franchise has become one of the best and highest grossing ones in history.

Everyone knows the Freddy song and knows at least a few lines from the movie. Most of us were scared as kids and some of us are scared even know as adults of Freddy. But where did the story of Nightmare on Elm Street come from?

Some say that this was the scariest movie ever created because of the fact that It was so creepy. Wes Craven admits that he got the idea for it after reading an L.A. Times article about a family that survived the horrors of the killing fields in Cambodia. When the family arrived in the United States the youngest son complained about horrible nightmares were a man that looked burnt was trying to kill him. He said the man said he was going to eventually get him so he refused to go to sleep.

Eventually the boy fell asleep after many days of staying up and the night he did fall asleep they heard horrible screams coming from his room, when they went in they found the boy dead. No one really knows WHY the boy died, but this wasn’t the first case of this. Medical doctors say it’s some kind of condition but others say it’s something much darker and menacing.

This is where NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET WAS BORN!

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Knowing the history behind this movie makes it that much worse. Could there be some type of entity out there that’s similar to Freddy Krueger?

Possibly…

Could it be something that people create in their own minds because of traumatic events? This also could be true, as we all know the mind is very powerful thing, but who knows.  Some people say it's genetics that have a role in their deaths, but others say that it isn't. There are stories from ancient times of creatures or beings that come to you in your dreams and take your soul.

Could this be one of those things?

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