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'Nightmare On Elm Street' Had A Prequel Written With Charles Manson In

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'Nightmare On Elm Street' Had A Prequel Written With Charles Manson In

A script for an unreleased story in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise in which Freddy Krueger didn't actually commit the murders has gone on sale on eBay.

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It's not difficult to see why the film never got made, however, as the film's plot revolved around the idea that Charles Manson actually killed all of the kids in the films.

It was written by John Saxon, who played Lieutenant Donald Thompson in the 1980s slasher flick.

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Credit: New Line Cinema
Credit: New Line Cinema

Saxon wrote the script as a prequel to Wes Craven's 1984 classic horror, which is interesting because not a great deal of Freddy Krueger's back story hasn't exactly been given that much airtime, outside of a couple of mentions in the film and one pilot episode for a series called Freddy's Nightmares.

It's called How the Nightmare on Elm Street All Began and it sounds insane.

TheMovieWizard, an eBay seller, recently posted it on the online marketplace website, but until then it was pretty much unheard of.

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The story starts in 1969, a long time before the events of the first film.

Freddy Krueger is portrayed as a therapist who is accused of killing some young people (so far so normal, right?) but it then, through a set of events that we aren't immediately privy to - we'd have to buy it to get the whole story, obviously - Charles Manson becomes involved, Freddy is burnt to death (that happens in the original movie) and he begins his campaign to kill all the kids in their sleep.

However, unbeknownst to all of the parents, the young people who died in the first instance were actually killed by Charlie Manson.


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Credit: New Line Cinema
Credit: New Line Cinema

Hmm, you do have to wonder why this never got made. Oh wait, no you don't - it's because it is absolutely mental.

Whilst it's obviously not part of the official story, it would certainly have put the cat amongst the pigeons to tell a bit more of the origin story of the evil sleep slasher.

It definitely would have raised a couple of eyebrows when it turned out that he was not the original killer (although it wouldn't necessarily absolve him from the other crimes committed after death).

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Either way, it's a cool story - somebody has since bought the script on eBay, it looks like about $350 were spent.

That's a small price to pay to own a piece of horror cinema history, and almost certainly one of the most insane story ideas that you could get your hands on.

Featured Image Credit: New Line Cinema

Topics: Film, Horror, Charles Manson

Tom Wood
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