A Nightmare On Elm Street hit theaters back in 1984, and it introduced the idea that dreaming could be as bad as going camping, or being the family member of a certain masked wearing psychopath. And as a result, people like to relish in the fact that being killed in your dreams couldn't actually happen...right?
According to the creator of the original Nightmare On Elm Street movie, a teenage boy actually died in his sleep after refusing to go to bed - and that news article was his inspiration for creating the original Elm Street film.
Here's what the late Wes Craven said specifically.
I’d read an article in the L.A. Times about a family who had escaped the Killing Fields in Cambodia and managed to get to the U.S. Things were fine, and then suddenly the young son was having very disturbing nightmares. He told his parents he was afraid that if he slept, the thing chasing him would get him, so he tried to stay awake for days at a time. When he finally fell asleep, his parents thought this crisis was over. Then they heard screams in the middle of the night. By the time they got to him, he was dead. He died in the middle of a nightmare. Here was a youngster having a vision of a horror that everyone older was denying. That became the central line of Nightmare on Elm Street.
In a separate interview, he includes the detail of the boys parents finding empty coffee pots in his room. Which is eerily similar to what Nancy was doing in the original Nightmare On Elm Street flick.
Could this be a real life example of what someone being haunted by Freddy (or something similar) would actually look like? What attacked their young son in his sleep? Was he just exaggerating and died for other reasons?
If you need reminding about just how scary A Nightmare on Elm Street is, check out the clip below for a swift, sharp reminder:
Do you think this unfortunate child was killed by something in his dreams?!