If you can believe it, and you should since it makes a lot of sense, the history behind the infamous Freddy Krueger theme song is derived from a children’s nursery rhyme. If you can remember “One, two, buckle my shoe”, then you can see how the rhyme could easily be adapted to Krueger’s chilling theme song that was sung by the three young girls in their gleaming white party dresses. These were presumably victims of Krueger when he was still alive and either murdering or molesting children, depending on whether you go by the original story or the reboot. But as haunting as it is, the song was originally meant to be a spoof of the nursery rhyme. Somehow it ended up being something a lot more terrifying since it had people afraid to go to sleep at times after watching the movie.
If you can recall, the rhyme goes:
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.
Three, four, better lock your door.
Five, six, grab your crucifix.
Seven, eight, better stay up late.
Nine, ten, never sleep again.”
Tell me that’s not chilling and you might be a child born in the 90’s or later after Freddy was considered more of a horror legend to many and kind of a campy joke to others. The famed murderer’s fame kind of went away once the landscape of horror movies began to change and special effects started going the way of CGI. After his first two movies however things took a decidedly downward turn, though after part five it’s shown once again that the lyrics are very flexible as one line changed.
“Nine, ten, Freddy’s back again.”
To be honest after four times you’d think they would find a way to get rid of him for good, but Freddy is a persistent killer and keeps finding ways to come back. Thankfully after the Final Nightmare the thing that was impersonating the movie monster was killed and the nightmare finally ended, at least until the reboot came along. It wasn’t met with much enthusiasm however as in the minds of those that remember the first Freddy the new one didn’t quite live up to the hype. There was just something off about the whole thing, as though it didn’t feel right. Perhaps it was the fact that they showed Freddy begging for his life when the townsfolk came to burn him alive in his own boiler room. There’s no clear memory of him being repentant in any way or weak enough to beg when the first movies came out. He was actually kind of proud of what he’d been doing and simply wanted vengeance on those that had killed him.
Unfortunately the story degenerated as the movies wore on and his origin became something of a bad joke as the dream demons that gave him his power were something that fans didn’t really care for, as it gave too much in a way that was just extremely campy. Had they left the mystique of how he’d become a supernatural killer it might have been better. But the theme song is still enough to send chills down a person’s spine.