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In 1984, the late horror auteur, Wes Craven, introduced the world to a character that would haunt the dreams of moviegoers for years, particularly because that is in his job description.

A nightmare with Freddy Krueger may be your last. The grim, grinning, egregious killer (a role originated by Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street) exists only in one's dreams, but whatever he does to the dreamer becomes reality, including murder. Craven's creation has since become an icon of villainy. Even for those who have never heard of the film franchise, a bell always rings when they hear that chilling name: Freddy Krueger.

How did Craven come up with such a name?

That is right. Nightmare fans can thank Craven's childhood enemy, Fred Krueger, for inspiring their favorite cinematic boogeyman. It is doubtful that this kid may have sported a fedora, tattered sweater, bladed glove, and had full-body burn scars, but he must have been a real pain to endure for his name to eventually become synonymous with that image.

But Nightmare's art imitating life model does not stop just there. Craven claimed that the story was inspired by an article in the L.A. Times about a teenage Hmong refugee whose horrific nightmares kept him awake for days at a time, only to later die in his sleep.

Good luck sleeping tonight after learning that.

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