The Best Freddy Krueger Quotes to Make You Never Sleep Again

Freddy Krueger is one of the most horrifying slashers to date. His melted flesh and knife fingers are enough to scare anyone. And combined with that disfigured visage is a man who has always been a monster. Freddy was preying upon the weak and powerless long before he was the scarred creature who haunts teenage nightmares. Killing delights him. We see that evidenced time and time again in the Nightmare on Elm Street films whenever he speaks to or about his victims.

Below, check out the best Freddy Krueger quotes guaranteed to make you never sleep again!

“I’m your boyfriend now!”

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A lot of horror centers around the violation of young women’s bodies. Freddy plays into this when he goes into Nancy Thompson’s nightmares. She picks up the phone to call her boyfriend, except Freddy answers. Transforming the phone into his mouth, he licks Nancy’s teeth. It’s extremely disturbing, especially with his little quip about taking her partner’s place.

“Come to Freddy.”

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Freddy is a child killer. Thus this quote harkens back to a sweet phrase parents might say. “Come to daddy” or “Come to mommy” are common and harmless. Unfortunately, Freddy has twisted these words to mock his victims. It’s even more upsetting if you consider him saying this to the children he hurt when he was still a living human.

“I’m going to split you in two.”

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Nancy Thompson is one tough final girl. She figures out Freddy’s weaknesses, does her best to stay awake, and talks back to him when most other teens would be petrified. Her tenacity really riles Freddy. Thus his threats get more intense and visceral the angrier he becomes.

“Kill for me!”

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

In the Nightmare on Elm Street sequel, Freddy graduates from haunting dreams to crossing into the waking world. He needs help, however. Freddy spends the entire film stalking a young boy named Jesse. He wants to possess Jesse so he can kill outside of dreams. The whole idea of bodily invasion is scary enough, but to have this immortal murderer take you over and use you to hurt your friends is another thing entirely.

“Who gives a f*ck what you think?”

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

Clearly, Freddy has no remorse about his craven ways. He has no empathy for the people he kills. While this is pretty obvious, it’s still chilling to hear him be so brazenly rude and apathetic while he commits one atrocity after another.

“How’s this for a wet dream?”

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Again, A Nightmare on Elm Street has always had some psychosexual undertones. We have the morality rule — no sex if you want to survive! Freddy skulks around teen dreams, which are filled with pubescent longing. His long, weaponized fingers penetrate young bodies. And of course there’s that famous bathtub scene. Need we elaborate? In any case, this quote more fully acknowledges those themes. At least Freddy owns every facet of his creepiness.

“Every town has an Elm Street.”

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

In context, this quote explains how Freddy can travel further than Springwood. It’s also true — many towns share street names. But taken further, we can view this quote as a comment on the prevalence of crime and serial killers in general. In film, especially in the ’80s and early ’90s, every small town had its own slasher. Additionally, real life violence pervades even the nicest neighborhoods, not just the infamous ones that make headlines. Therefore, you shouldn’t think you’re safe just because you live outside of one of “those” places…


New Nightmare (1994)

Everyone knows the Freddy Krueger nursery rhyme. The lyrics warn people about Freddy and give some basic recommendations for how to avoid his grasp. Interestingly enough, however, Freddy never sings it. The kids do. That’s certainly twisted. But in New Nightmare, Freddy finally gets his own stab at the song crafted in his honor. Now there’s some killer endorsement!

“Why are you screaming? I haven’t even cut you yet!”

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Running into Freddy Krueger basically guarantees your death. Also, he’s awful to look at. That red and green sweater, melted face, and leather gloves combo would frighten anybody. Thus his latest victims scream upon sight — out of fear, and for help. Freddy mocks their noisiness, citing that there’s no reason for it until he actually gets started on the slicing and dicing. Yikes!

“Did you know that after the heart stops beating, the brain keeps functioning for over 7 minutes? We got 6 more minutes to play.”

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Look, you don’t even need to know what’s happening in this scene to be absolutely terrified by these words. Possibly, anything you picture might be worse than what’s shown onscreen. Because Freddy is promising that the pain will be prolonged. Death can’t even offer sweet release. Plus, the image of a killer “playing” with your corpse has to make your skin crawl.

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