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Krueger by BryanBaugh Krueger by BryanBaugh
I was always a big fan of Freddy Krueger and the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies... well, the first three films, anyway. Krueger is such a great character (well, in the first three films, anyway) and so much fun to draw. The frightened girl sitting on her knees with her hands on her face was kinda meant to look like my wife in her cute green pajamas.

People today have forgotten why the original "Nightmare on Elm Street" was such a big deal when it came out, in 1984. I was 12 years old at the time and already a huge fan of slasher movies like "Halloween", "Friday the 13th" and, of course, the Mount Everest of slasher movies, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre".

But back then it seemed like there were two kinds of horror movies: the "supernatural" horror movies which involved monsters, ghosts, aliens, demons, and hauntings. You know, "supernatural forces".

Then there were the "realistic" horror movies, which were about horrible things that could possibly happen in real life - movies about human monsters like serial killers and slashers, or killer animals like "Alligator" or "Cujo", for example. The action in those films might have been crazy but it was possible.

And then in 1984 - here comes "A Nightmare on Elm Street"... which blew everybody's mind because it seemed to be a slasher movie, but its central slasher character was a supernatural being with a vast arsenal of supernatural powers. This sort of flipped out me and all my friends.

Then of course there was the basic appeal of the Fred Krueger character himself, who, by the way, displayed a wry sense of malicious humor, but was NOT a comedic jokester in the first film.

The visual appearance of the character was just plain crazy - what the hell was up with that bright red and green sweater when all respectable serial killers were supposed to wear black/brown/dirty white/ or gray color schemes? But you had to love the gnarled, burned face, the fedora hat, and of course the most ingeniously imaginative weapon ever - the "Claw Glove". All these attributes made Fred Krueger fascinating just to look at. And not only was he doing all these horrible things but grinning the whole time - he was enjoying it! You couldn't help watching in sick fascination to see what this character would do next.

The murder scenes were really scary - but not so much for their brutality, as for the impossible weirdness of each event. Tina was not only slashed in the chest, but levitated into the air, and dragged up the wall and across the ceiling, so that her blood was smeared all over the room - even as she screamed and begged for help. This wasn't just scary, this was freaky and insane.

I remained a huge fan of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series through the second and third films, and you can bet I saw every single one of them in the theater as I progressed through my teenage years... but certainly after the awesomely climactic NOES Part 3: "The Dream Warriors" - the Fred Krueger character himself had been reduced to a comical mascot, and the power of each film was increasingly diluted to meaninglessness. I've been saying it for years - the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series should have ended after Part 3. Then it might have stood a chance of remaining a classic trilogy of horror.

Too bad the money grubbers who control these things couldn't contain their greed, resist temptation, and thus retain a bit of dignity for themselves and their creation...

As a result, the lasting impression most people have of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series is the corny dark humor of the tacky sequels rather than the ingenious creativity and magnificent evil of the original film.



Now then... Regarding the 2010 remake:

I enjoyed J.E. Haley as Fred Krueger. It was a little jarring at first - but I eased into it. It was sort of like adjusting to Benicio Del Toro playing The Wolf Man, after years of identifying only Lon Chaney Jr. with that role. Unfortunately the rest of the cast was not so easy to adjust to... I found almost all of them to be very weak. Giving the painfully uncharismatic, monotone lead girl the name "Nancy" almost felt disrespectful to Heather Langenkamp, who played the original Nancy. This new wanna-be Nancy just struck me as only barely interested in what she was doing through the whole movie.

Sorry to say I was also NOT a fan of the remake's overall approach, which seemed to be: "Let's just re-create all the memorable moments from the original, first film, but do each one in a way that is less cool & less effective." Absolutely hated the unnecessarily convoluted "Freddy was wrongly accused!" "No! wait, Freddy really WAS evil!" plot "turns" during the latter half.

All that said - it was filmed well, was aesthetically pleasing, had several brief, nice "Freddy moments" that were genuinely cool. And I actually really did like the end battle/resolution. Overall, I give it a rousing C- grade. Mostly it just got me in the mood to go back and watch original NOES again.


You can view my other Nightmare on Elm Street artwork here: [link]
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DvArtGal13 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
LIKE A BOSS!!!
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gwarnage Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
And I begin our litany
Of people killed by mostly me
Class Pet Hamster, he's first in line
Underwood not far behind
Ripped an arm off Jackie Ronson
Marty Benson not so squeamish
Sandra Tammy crushed by boiler
Petty Sammy anus-bending
Anton Walters he expoloded
Richard got his chest imploded
Betty Quinn she was de-eyeballed
Samuel on a pike was spitted
Cranial-crush Frankie Selds
Ocho Dann was kicked to death
Smashed was Ellie Joseph
Samantha had to join the Navy

The Litany of the Vanquished
The Litany of the Slain
You know their names will someday vanish
Enshrined in death they shall remain

Marty Celds death came quickly
Maggie Celds slow and sickly
Mangled spleen of Norbet Flay
Leo Hamms, yeah we betrayed ya
Crucified Samantha Helms
Bested Tammy, threats were hollow
Bobbly waged his mortal combat
Eddie Rambo raped with wombat

The Litany of the Vanquished
Loretta yes she lost her Breath
Tina Gray was drowned in blood
The Litany
Rod Lane was beaten badly
Glen was hacked and slashed up madly
of the Slain

Marge Thompson waped til dead
Schnieder claw through the waist
You know their names
Ron Grady slashed up fast
Andy with a face-rip fast
will someday vanish

Ricky Larue he was boiled
Nate Flanders was thricely fried
Enshrined in death
Garrett got a fiery death
Harold had to bite the meat hook
they shall remain

Betty Debs disemboweled
Bobert Garrison raked and trowled
Kerry had no luck
Jesse with a facial claw swipe
Lisa she had her face melted
Phillip was thricely belted
Jennifer glass and fire
Taryn got pointy overdose
Will Stanton heart attack
Donald Thompson hammer whack
Bloody beatdown Nancy Thompson
Roland Kincaid was chopped at chin
Joey Crusel stuck and skewered
Kristen Parker was manured
Sheila Kopecky was a fighter
Rick Johnson struck by lighter
Debbie Stevens what a joke
Dan Jordan get a rope
Greta Gibson overfed
Mark Gray his entrails sliced and diced
Lt. Blocker, death expected
Merit Blocker, resurrected
Carlos an ear-y mass
Spencer a spear up ass
John Doe wasn't very scary
But Chuck Wilson very hairy
Terrence Feinstein he got skinned
Chase Porter flipped and pinned
Julie got flesh knocked off
Double face chop Mark Davis
Mrs. Campbell saw her flesh a rending
Dean's death was never-ending

Jason Voorhees he never died
Kris Fowles did, though life he tried
Jesse Braun crushed by bison
Kicked the shit out of Marcus Yeon
Gwen Holbrook was raped and rotten
Had to hand my old prom date
Dream Girl crushed by weights so heavy
Found the head of Ms. Parker
Zsa Zsa Garbob got beat to death
Bashed and thrashed Mr. Jax
Smoke was found
Noob guts unwound
Reptile fucked a furnace
Kabal rather bloody
Sektor's arm was on fire
Shang Tsung dude what a dick

Kintaro run down by camel
Double arm rip Shao Kahn
Kratos got a spear up ass
Scorpion quickly gassed
Kano was executed
Goro electrocuted
Kitana murdered mama
Gruesome killing of Baraka
Nightwolf saw his guts spilling
Stryker saw the killing
Messy death for Ermac
Quan Chi crushed with log
And that's what this song is for
The creatures that were killed by Krueger
And that's what this song is for
So check in on the next NOES film
And that's what this song is for
So check in on the next NOES film
And that's what this song is for
The creatures that were killed by Krueger
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ragingspacebull Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
"Nothin' I like better than fresh meat!"
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:icongabreya1990:
Gabreya1990 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student General Artist
This is pretty sick and awesome! :-)
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! (Sick and awesome is always my goal!) Haha.
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:icongabreya1990:
Gabreya1990 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome! And you've achieved your goal!:-)
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zzaattaakkr Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Freddy gets all the cute girls!
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:iconbryanbaugh:
BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't he, though? Haha.
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Invaderskull1995 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice:) Robert Englund will always be the one and Only Freddy Krueger in my opinion
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Rammsteinfan1994 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Nice detail man
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