The Confession of Fred Krueger is a 2015 nonprofit, short fan-film based on A Nightmare on Elm Street, and a loose adaptation of the short story The Life and Death of Freddy Krueger. Made with the intent of undoing the years of Villain Decay and Flanderization of the titular character, it chronicles his Start of Darkness through a confession to Lt. Thomas Russell.
The Confession of Fred Krueger provides examples of:
- Adult Fear: Even more so than the original series. Freddy is shown to have stalked playgrounds and watched children closely, with murderous intentions in mind.
- The Alcoholic: Underwood, and Freddy, in his adulthood.
- Attention Whore: Freddy immediately admits to Russell that he is the Springwood Slasher, and proudly describes his murders and his life overall in detail, as though he's expecting to gain something out of it.
- Berserk Button: Because of his past abuse, Freddy is visibly enraged when Russell refers to his victims as "poor, innocent children".
- The Cameo: Don Thompson makes an appearance near the end and tries to beat up Freddy for killing his daughter, Sarah.
- Card-Carrying Villain: While he takes a liking to his nickname, Freddy says he prefers "Springwood Butcher". He also refers to himself as a serial killer.
- Chekhov's Gun: Near the start of the interrogation, Freddy asks Russell for one cigarette, but leaves it on the table in front of him the entire time they're talking. It doesn't come into play until the final scenes.
- Child Hater: Freddy loathes children, especially those he sees as having a future.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Implied to be what Freddy did to Sandy Gray.Russell: What did you do to her?
Freddy: Wouldn't you like to know?
Russell: We were only able to identify her from her dental records.
- Darker and Edgier: Probably the most dark and disturbing portrayal of Freddy to date.
- Deadpan Snarker: In lieu of his usual one-liners, Freddy demonstrates a very sarcastic sense of humor.
- Deconstruction: Of the Lighter and Softer entries in the Elm Street franchise.
- Destroy the Abusive Home: Freddy admits that he finally got enough of the abuse and torched Underwood's house while he was asleep, but he walked away after setting the fire so he doesn't know if Underwood survived.
- Destroy the Evidence: At the end of the film, after Russell has punched Freddy and been dragged out of the room by his fellow cops, Freddy takes the tape reels out of the recorder and burns them with the cigarette Russell gave him.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It's Freddy Krueger telling a detective all about his life and crimes.
- Faux Affably Evil: Initially, Freddy is calm and cooperative with Russell, but he snaps a few times during the interrogation, and finally taunts him, saying that his children were intended to be his next victims.
- Freudian Excuse: Freddy had a rough childhood, to say the least. He grew up never knowing his real parents, living in and out of orphanages where he was abused, and was eventually adopted by the janitor of one of these orphanages, an alcoholic Fat Bastard pimp named Underwood, who, in addition to beating him with a belt and cutting him with a straight razor, would often let his friends molest him.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: See the tagline on the poster.
- Hidden Depths: Freddy occasionally comes off as surprisingly intelligent for a man who spent his whole adult life on the streets and his childhood in orphanages.
- Homage Shot: The poster hearkens back to the portrayal of Freddy in the first three films' posters, with the skeletal face and right hand and the metal plates simulating the framework of the glove.
- It's All About Me: A good chunk of Freddy's confession is him pitying himself for his abusive childhood, and he refuses to acknowledge that anybody else knows what it really is to hurt but him.Freddy: *mockingly* THOSE POOR, INNOCENT CHILDREN! WHAT DO THEY KNOW ABOUT BEING POOR?!
- Jerkass: Freddy gleefully recounts his crimes to Russell, demonstrating not only pride, but an absolute Lack of Empathy for his victims, or for anyone but himself.
- Large Ham: Freddy, though not in the Laughably Evil manner he has become known for.
- Named Weapon: Downplayed. Freddy doesn't actually name the glove, but he does call it "[his] friend" a couple of times.
- Never My Fault: In the comics, Freddy tells his victims' families that they have themselves to blame for not watching over their children more carefully. Though arguably, given the message the original film was trying to get across, it may also be a case of Villain Has a Point.
- Serial Killer: A surprisingly realistic depiction of an iconic fictional one, at that.
- Start of Darkness: Details Freddy's miserable life, which led to him becoming the horrible Serial Killer known as the Springwood Slasher.
- Straw Nihilist: Freddy believes that he has no future, and as such, wants to steal the futures of the happy, innocent children of Springwood.
- This Means Warpaint: A very malevolent take. Freddy has what appears to be black greasepaint smeared all over his face. A later scene reveals that he does this before starting to hunt his victims in the boiler room.
- Wolverine Claws: Freddy reveals why he made the glove in the first place. He was attacked by a group of five boys while trying to sleep, and was able to catch and kill one of them while the other four ran away in terror. He would go on to create a weapon with four blades as an homage to those four boys and their fear.
- Would Hurt a Child: Freddy loathes children with happy homes and futures and thus has no qualms about torturing and murdering them.