A villain of nightmares Freddy Krueger is iconic for his method of murder through sleep and his bladed glove. Created by Wes Craven and originally appearing in Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, this character clearly plays with the idea of subconscious fears. Although there is no major background that Wes Craven based him on, there is a news story that Craven read before creating Krueger, featuring a family who had just escaped Cambodia when the son started having nightmares. Refusing to sleep so ‘the thing that was chasing him wouldn’t get him’, he eventually did fall asleep only to start screaming and suddenly die that night. Throughout the movies Krueger preys on children in their sleep, which is revealing one of the biggest fears, not waking back up. It is made worse when in at the end of the first movie it is thought that the main character, Nancy Thompson, killed him only for it to be revealed last minute that he survived.
Although not having as large an origin as the rest of the villains I have done so far, I do find it interesting how Wes Craven took it from a real event, making it even creepier.