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Artifact Stats: Freddy Krueger’s Sweater

When you think about the biggest horror villains around, the dream-haunting Freddy Krueger would likely be high on the list.

This quick-witted killer became a hit after his first appearance in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. But it’s not just Freddy’s penchant for puns that made him famous; his iconic look helped him stand out from the slasher crowd.

Closeup of Freddy Krueger's sweater

Artifact Stats

Artifact: Freddy Krueger’s stiped sweater

Appears: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Why it’s scary: Director Wes Craven read in Scientific American that the two colors—bright red and dingy green—were the most difficult for the human eye to view side-by-side.

Freddy Krueger's sweater 

You can check out Freddy’s sweater, as well as his hat and notorious glove, in Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film.

Closeup of Freddy Krueger's iconic sweater at MoPOP

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Sweater created by Dana Lyman and signed by Robert Englund. Film directed by Wes Craven.

On Loan from the Collection of Jeff Nuzzo


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Adrienne is a writer and editor from Seattle and is MoPOP's Content Wizard (patent pending).