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