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Here’s What Freddy Krueger Almost Looked Like! (Exclusive)

A NIghtmare On Elm Street

We have a very special Halloween treat for you, courtesy of Thommy Hutson (@HutsonRanch), who wrote and produced the astoundingly good Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.

A documentary about the entire A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, created by the late Wes Craven, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy was adapted into a book of the same name (the book extensively covers the first film in the franchise).

I’m both a huge fan of the doc and accompanying book (funded using Kickstarter and sold out), which are filled to the brim with never-before-revealed details and imagery. Stuff of legend. Stuff that belongs in a museum.

One such item of note are a series of photographs that depict the work of David B. Miller, the creator of Freddy Krueger’s infamous look.

Bloody Disgusting was able to obtain exclusive permission to share said photos that give us a look back to 1983 (approximately) when Miller was testing various concepts for Robert Englund’s Freddy makeup! Ultimately, it was a pizza dinner that provided the final inspiration for a look Craven approved.

“The final design for Freddy that went through, and this is a true story, is pepperoni pizza,” said Miller.

Miller was also inspired by Night of the Comet. He explains in the book: “I did a zombie cop makeup in Night of the Comet. Wes saw that picture and said, ‘This is very close to what I want Freddy to look like.'”

As an added bonus, there’s also a test shot of Freddy wearing a paperboy hat instead of a fedora, as well as the Springwood Slasher in the iconic red and green sweater with short sleeves (yikes!).

Freddy Krueger is quite possibly the most famous of all the 80’s slashers, and could easily be the poster demon for horror. If we see just a silhouette of Freddy, we immediately know that it’s him. It’s amazing to look back at these photos and wonder what could have been? How would a slight alteration to a design have changed the course of history? While we’ll never know, we can at least relish in these behind-the-scenes photographs from the most famous horror franchise of them all, A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Photo Credit: David Miller/Courtesy of Thommy Hutson



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42 Comments
  • Reminds me of an Irish street tough for some reason lol

    • The conspiractor

      Freddy O’Krugger, the drunkest demon to haunt your nightmares so far.

  • Marcin R

    random post from 2nd account since my official BD account was marked as ‘spam’

  • pablitonizer

    This definitely could’ve been the look from A nightmare on Elm Street remake back in 2010 instead of that crappy inconsistent CGI effect. This looks like a solid option for a different actor playing Freddy

  • drijcore

    So he was a member of AC/DC?

  • Halloween_Vic

    Dope shit!

  • oh god, sleeveless sweater Freddy

    • Waveboy

      What an awful look. XD
      The top right picture of freddy in the left photo looks pretty creep though

  • Jeremy Stewart

    Brian Johnson Freddy Krueger seems like a neat Halloween costume idea

  • freddy just might be one of those few characters that just cannot be re-casted.

  • disqus_f0m0KOHNzQ

    Hate to say thi Bd but your not the first one to post this picture and tha picture has been online for a while now

  • Brian

    The concept artwork on the left was based on the face of David Warner, who they originally cast as Freddy. Would be cool if they had a collection of different concepts kicking about applied to Robert.

  • brewers_rule

    I remember them making such a big deal about getting the makeup of burn victims correct for the remake w/JEH. Would’ve been nice if Mara had put more effort into the film.

    Regarding the original’s makeup, I kind of got annoyed with how fake Freddie looked the further the series went on. It’s almost as if they kept adding more and more latex to his face to the point where he looked like he was wearing rubber spaghetti.

    • TheMcAlisterShow

      Yeah, the remake wasn’t great by any means, but it would have been improved immeasurably if Rooney Mara (who, we have since learned, is an extremely talented actress) wasn’t acting like she was too good to be there.

      • Kevin Thomas

        I don’t feel that she was acting like she was too good to be there, I sort of suspect that Samuel Bayer barely gave any direction to the actors, perhaps that is because of his music video background and he was more focused on how things would look instead of the performances. I know there was a lot going on after the movie came out that everyone was not happy during filming and that there were lots of problems on set. I can’t say it with certainty but it sure seems like it shows in the final product.

  • AdamX

    I’d have been way less unnerved growing up by Newsies Freddy.

  • Tsadi Waw Mem Taw

    The paperboy cap makes sense in terms of what Freddy Krueger almost certainly actually represents, that being the Knights Templar, who used both green and red crosses on their standards, whose members were burned alive on allegations of child molestation, with Frederick of Prussia being a major figure in the agenda of which the templars were purveyors whether one believes they continue to exist or not. The reason the cap fits into this scenario is that it seems like it may be a toned down version of the Phrygian cap or liberty cap associated with the Zarathustrian “Great Architect” Mithra/Mitra, after whom the mitre/mitra of Christian clergy is named. It’s also worn by the Smurfs.

    • KennyThaKilla

      The choice of red and green stripes on Freddy’s sweater was the result of Wes Craven reading an article in Scientific American in 1982 that said the two most clashing colors to the human retina were this particular green and red.

      “I wanted this costume that would be recognized if he changed into any other thing in the room. I was an old Plastic Man comic book fan—I don’t know if you’ve ever seen that in your history books! Anyway, he used to change shape, but you could always tell it was him because the couch would be red with a green stripe down it—or yellow? So I wanted Freddie to be a shape-shifter that could be recognized from his colors.” – Wes Craven

      So yeah, you can forget about all of that Templar nonsense. And the Smurfs, lol.

      • Tsadi Waw Mem Taw

        Maybe you’d benefit from learning the meanings of the words exoteric and esoteric, but most people don’t, as they are born to be followers.

        • KennyThaKilla

          And maybe you’d benefit from being secluded in a rubber room for a few years.

          • Tsadi Waw Mem Taw

            Fuck you, you motherfucking moron shitbag fucking lemming follower mindless bitch, and your whole family too, you motherfucking infuriating;ly stupid, cowardly, ignorant fucking scum!!!

            For anyone who is capable of thought, here’s that fucking patent I mentioned from the United States Patent and Trademark Office website.

            http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=3951134.PN.&OS=PN/3951134&RS=PN/3951134

            http://www.google.com/patents/US3951134

            And for Kenny Tha Illiterate punk bitch, here’s hoping you and every fucking zero value contaminant like you is taken out of the way of the truth and of decent people sooner than fucking later, BITCH!!!!

          • Tsadi Waw Mem Taw

            Fuck you, you motherfucking moron shitbag fucking lemming follower mindless bitch, and your whole family too, you motherfucking infuriatingly stupid, cowardly, ignorant fucking scum!!!

            For anyone who is capable of thought, the number of that fucking patent for remote mind control technology I mentioned is 3951134, and again, it is a United States patent, and can be found both on Google and on the United States Patent and Trademark website.

            And for Kenny Tha Illiterate punk bitch, here’s hoping you and every fucking zero value contaminant like you is taken out of the way of the truth and of decent people sooner than fucking later, BITCH!!!!

          • Маразм Клинический
          • Tsadi Waw Mem Taw

            In fact, here’s something to explain Kenny the Cornholed by His Kinfolk Cunt’s responses to my comments

            https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/a8/c0/50/a8c050c8c54c497baff52f62a3edec38.jpg

            And here’s the patent on remote mind control technology from 1974 to which I was referring, right on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website:

            http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=3951134.PN.&OS=PN/3951134&RS=PN/3951134

            and here’s Google’s page contaning the same patent:

            http://www.google.com/patents/US3951134

          • Tsadi Waw Mem Taw

            Here’s an explanation in the included meme for everybody as to why this lummox sheep mental defective illterate filth is responding to my comments in such a way, and you can look up the patent to which I referred on Google.

            Googling “United States Patent 3951134” will bring up the patent issued by the United States government to Robert Malech for his remote mind control technology.

            Again, they do not issue patents for technologies that don’t work, and absolutely not for those which are nonexistent.

            In fact, I’ll place a capture from Google’s page containing the patent in this comment as well:

          • Tsadi Waw Mem Taw

            …….

        • Маразм Клинический

          You idiot.

  • Tsadi Waw Mem Taw

    …and if you weren’t aware, Elm Street is the name of the street in Dallas on which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and much evidence has been presented which connects the secret society apparatus of which the Knights Templar are/were a part to that brutal and audacious crime.

  • Charles Volcher

    The current Freddy Kruger is OBAMA

    • Mayan Empire

      More like yo MOMMA.

  • Tsadi Waw Mem Taw

    Bloody Disgusting is on the verge of getting its motherfucking ass sued off. If you think you’re going to delete my comments made in response to being referred to as insane and leave that original offending comment, you had better be prepared to panhandle for the rest of your motherfucking lives!!!

    • We don’t delete comments. We moderate any comments that have links or images within them. This is because of abuse from commenters in the past.

  • Tsadi Waw Mem Taw

    Here’s an explanation in the included meme for everybody as to why that lummox sheep mental defective illiterate filth is responding to my comments in such a way, and you can look up the patent to which I referred on Google.

    Googling “United States Patent 3951134” will bring up the patent issued by the United States government to Robert Malech for his remote mind control technology.

    Again, they do not issue patents for technologies that don’t work, and absolutely not for those which are nonexistent.

    In fact, I’ll place a capture from Google’s page containing the patent in this comment as well:

    • Маразм Клинический

      Moron…

  • Tsadi, I had to approve these messages so that they would appear as they were pending per moderator decision, which is one of my responsibilities here at Bloody-Disgusting. While I may have approved your comments, I think they’re vile and that your approach to “discussing” and “debating” people is reprehensible and flat out disgusting. That is all I’ll say on the matter as of now. But know that you are being watched very carefully.

    • Tsadi Waw Mem Taw

      “While I may have approved your comments, I think they’re vile and that your approach to “discussing” and “debating” people is reprehensible and flat out disgusting. That is all I’ll say on the matter as of now. But know that you are being watched very carefully.”

      Well then, you have revealed to everyone with a fucking brain what a motherfucking moron devoid of any regard for truth, justice and good you are. I didn’t ask for your commentary, you deranged fuck. You manipulated shit by holding my comments made in self defense in response to a claim of insanity by a lummox like your own fucking stupid fucking disordered ass up for no justifiable reason because YOU WANTED TO FUCKING PREJUDICE THINGS IN FAVOR OF PIECES OF FUCKING SHIT LIKE YOURSELF!!!! FUCK YOU, YOU MOTHERFUCKING SHITSTAIN SCUM MOTHERFUCKING BITCH!!!!

      • You are hereby banned. Good bye.

        • KennyThaKilla

          I can’t believe this guy hasn’t blown up a federal building by now. Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

        • Маразм Клинический

          Thank you.

      • KennyThaKilla

        Seems reasonable.

      • Маразм Клинический

        lol you such a bitch.

  • zonilo1 .

    Yep this is what conspiracy nuts truly are, bunch of irrational violent psychopaths that quickly paint themselves as the victims while they’re the ones who are actually the aggressors that actually are extremely dangerous as displayed by Tsadi Waw Mem Taw’s behavior here.

    I hope he’s banned for his disgusting abusive behavior is not welcome nor is that rage uncalled for and totally unjustified.

    There’s no point debating with this man while he deserves to be locked up forever and throw away the key before he harms others.

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