As horror fans, we typically have a favorite franchise or icon, one that stands out among the rest. I’ve always been a huge Freddy Krueger fan and I can’t count how many times I’ve watched the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. It’s kind of weird to love a skinny white dude who is knowing for killing the children of Elm Street, but then again, when it comes to horror, the things we are passionate about are typically a bit odd. Although there’s no excuse for the atrocities that Freddy Krueger committed, I’ve always assumed there must be a reason for why he went down such a dark and disturbing path. You know, beyond the fact that his mother was raped repeatedly by vicious criminals and, as a result, became pregnant with the abomination known as “Fred Krueger.” I mean, can you really expect something good to come from such a horrendous situation? In the horror short, The Confession of Fred Krueger, we finally get to hear HIS story.
Directed and written by Nathan Thomas Milliner from characters created by Wes Craven, The Confession of Fred Krueger finally explains the back story that fans of Freddy Kruger have been waiting for. The Confession of Fred Krueger stars Kevin Roach as Fred Krueger aka The Springwood Slasher, Thomas Dunbar plays Lt. Thomas Russell, as well as other familiar characters from the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.
The story takes place in 1973, as the Springwood Police Department arrest and question Fred Krueger (Roach), a man they believe to be the Springwood Slasher. He admits he is the notorious child murderer, but why did he do it?
Fred Krueger dives into his dark past and confesses why he committed the horrendous acts to young boys and girls. But will he ever stop?
Although this film is only a little over 30 minutes long, it captures everything perfectly. The backstory, the old characters with new faces, and the superb acting are excellent tributes to Wes Craven and the franchise. I think he would be proud of this story and it would have been interesting to hear his thoughts on it.
He talks about his early childhood in the orphanage, his abusive adoptive father and the steps that led him to be The Springwood Slasher. It doesn’t excuse anything he has done, but it really helps us understand him a bit more and how his mind works. Yes, you even feel something for the sick bastard.
The best thing about The Confession of Fred Krueger was Kevin Roach as Fred Krueger. He captured the look and personality of Freddy in every aspect: the way he was before the burning and before he was the man of our nightmares. He has wit and charisma, yet he’s completely twisted. He knows right from wrong but chooses the path that was bestowed upon him because he knows nothing but that life. That smile that crosses his face is full of pain, lust, evil, and sprinkled with sarcasm.
Overall, I loved this horror short. To me, it’s by far better than the 2010 remake and I wish we could see a full feature one of this. The story is well done and the characters are a perfect representation of the story that we’ve come to know and love. This film was made for horror fans by horror fans, and those are the ones that always stand out above the rest. On that note, if you’re a lover of horror or anything Freddy Krueger, be sure to check out The Confession of Fred Krueger on YouTube and let us know what you think!