A Nightmare on Elm Street really does have one of the most brilliantly simple premises in horror movie history. A strange man, Freddy Kreuger, can kill teenagers through their dreams. That’s it, really. Even Kreuger himself has a simple, understandable back story as a villain: he was caught molesting school kids, and so the parents in town took justice into their own hands and killed him before he could hurt anyone else.
But as it turns out, Krueger’s backstory was initially fairly different. He didn’t just get caught abusing kids, we was a flat out serial killer. Not only that, but he killed the siblings of every one of final girl Nancy’s friends, and had even murdered a sibling that Nancy never even knew she had.
Nancy’s mom originally explained all of…