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For other versions of the character, see Freddy Krueger (disambiguation).

This version of Freddy Krueger is the main antagonist of the 2010 remake of the first A Nightmare on Elm Street film. In the remake, he appeared as a spirit and a serial killer after he was burned to death.

However, unlike his original counterpart, who was a child killer, this version of Freddy was a child molester, which Wes Craven envisioned. It isn't stated whether or not he'd killed anybody when he was alive nor he does have a family of his own.

After his death and transformation into a spirit, Freddy killed the majority of the teenage children, whom he blamed for his death, in their nightmares, with the exception of Nancy Holbrook and Quentin Smith, who are the only ones that survived.


Freddy Krueger was the Groundskeeper at Badham Preschool. A pedophile and child molester, he had a more personal connection with Nancy Holbrook, as she was his favorite, and he molested her and the other preschoolers. Freddy initially appeared to have been wrongly accused and seemingly looked like a friendly gardener around the children. Eventually, the parents, after they heard about the abuse from their children and observed slashes on their skin and clothes that were consistent with his trademark glove, chased Freddy down to a building, in which Freddy locked himself in. One of the parents threw in a container of gasoline with a burning rag. It is implied that he did this to force Freddy to come out, not to intentionally burn him to death. However, Freddy did end up burning him to death. The parents did that to spare their children the trauma of having to testify against him in open court.

Having been burned to death, Freddy somehow returned as a vengeful spirit who killed off the teenage children in their dreams one by one as payback against the parents for killing him and/or as payback against them for reporting his actions to their parents.

During the climax, Nancy pulled Freddy into the physical world and apparently killed him by severing his gloved-hand and slashed his throat with a broken paper cutter blade. However, Freddy was shown to still be alive and he killed Nancy's mother, Gwen Holbrook, from the mirror reflection. (ENTP)


Powers and abilities



The reboot Freddy's clothing looked almost identical to that of both the Freddy Krueger of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series and the Freddy Krueger of Freddy's Nightmares; he wore the same red and green sweater and hat as well as sported the iconic glove that he used to kill his victims. The biggest difference were his burns, while the previous Freddy Kruegers did indeed look burnt the remake's Freddy's burns looked much more realistic and made Freddy realistically look like a person who had been horribly burnt. This Freddy also had a noticeable hole in his left cheek as well as one milky cloudy eye and one red blood shot eye. Along with those, this version of Freddy Krueger looked more gaunt and thinner than the previous Freddy Kruegers.


Unlike the original Freddy Krueger, who, over the course of the film series, developed a cheeky and dark humored personality and always cracked puns and jokes when he killed his victims, the remake version of Freddy seemed to be more in line with how Wes Craven had originally envisioned the character; a much more darker, serious, and violent killer.

When he was alive, Freddy appeared to be nice and friendly towards the children at Badham Preschool, but underneath that friendly facade lies a dark desire to sexually molest and abuse them. He is also shown to be fearful of getting into trouble as he is tried to run away from the parents of the children he molested, though this fear only ended up sealing his fate as when he tried to hide in a building to avoid danger the parents proceeded to set the inside of the building on fire. After becoming a spirit and because they are responsible for his death, he developed a strong hatred for the parents that killed him and would go as far as to take revenge on them by killing their children in their dreams as a way to make them pay.

When stalking and pursuing his victims, he is focused, calculating and somewhat cold, though he nevertheless displays some traits of sadism, as much like his original, he is known to taunt his targets. Because of his hatred against the parents that were responsible for his death, he became vengeful and even developed a quick temper, as he can torment the children of the parents in a very ruthless and even violent manner rather than than out of sadism and malice, to the point where he can fits of violent rage, which is evident where he began smashing Quentin into metal pipes which left his mouth bleeding. During his battle against Nancy and Quentin, Freddy tends to become extremely violent and aggressive even when provoked, as he threw the latter into a mirror when he tried to stop him from killing Nancy.


"Why are you screaming? I haven't even cut you yet."
—Freddy taunting Jessse
"You really shouldn't fall asleep in class."
—Freddy taunting Kris
"Sweet dreams!"
—Freddy about to kill Nancy
—Freddy Krueger's breakdown
"Tag. You're it."
—Freddy before slashing Quentin in the chest
"One, two, guess who's coming for you."
—Freddy singing
"I'm real."
—Freddy confirming his existence to Nancy
"Now why don't you just f*cking die!"
—An enraged Freddy attempting to kill Quentin and his last words in the film.


  • Billy Bob Thornton was considered for the role of Freddy Krueger.
  • Jackie Earle Haley, who played Freddy, originally auditioned for the role of Glen Lantz in the original Elm Street, but lost to his friend, Johnny Depp. Haley went on and portrayed Freddy in the remake 26 years later.
  • The remake Freddy being a child molester was something that Wes Craven had wanted the original Freddy to be in the first Nightmare film, but it being straight out stated was dropped in order to avoid being accused of exploiting the spate of highly publicized child molestation cases in California around the time. However, it is strongly implied at times in the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. It is, however, straight out stated in Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series, which is a different story than any of the movies, in the episode "It's My Party and You'll Die If I Want You To".
  • This version of Freddy makes an appearance as a DLC Character for the reboot and ninth entry of the fighting game series, Mortal Kombat. Despite his resemblance to the 2010 remake's version of Freddy though, he is voiced by Patrick Seitz imitating Robert Englund's voice as the character. 
  • This version of Freddy was added as DLC killer for the online survival horror game Dead By Daylight in 2017, along with Quentin Smith as a playable survivor. He is the third killer from a licensed property to be featured in the game, as fellow slasher villains Michael Myers of the Halloween film series and Leatherface of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre film series were added to the game prior to his inclusion. 
  • This was the only Freddy Krueger portrayal to have his scars and burned appearance to be completely CGI rather than practical makeup affects.  

List of confirmed human molestation victims of Freddy Krueger

  • Nancy Holbrook
  • Kris Fowles
  • Dean Russell
  • Jessie Braun
  • Quentin Smith

List of confirmed human murder victims of Freddy Krueger

  • Dean Russell - Killed in Springwood Diner via infliction of honey knife slitting throat.
  • Kris Fowles - Killed in home via glove blade slice across chest.
  • Jesse Braun - Killed in Springwood Police Station Cell via puncture hole through chest.
  • Marcus Yeon - Killed in home via head shove into computer screen.
  • Gwen Holbrook - Killed in home via puncture wounds of blades through head.
  • Lisa Harper - Killed in her sleep by unknown causes.
  • Bret Tanzer - Killed in car crash from staying up too long.
  • Nancy Lumb - Killed by Freddy by unknown circumstance.
  • Carrie Bush - Killed by Freddy by unknown circumstance.
  • Craig Jackson - Killed by Freddy by unknown circumstance.
  • Elizabeth Cook - Killed by Freddy by unknown circumstance.
  • Sukari McGill - Killed by Freddy by unknown circumstance.

Animal victims

He apparently killed Rufus in a dream.


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