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Artifact Stats: Freddy Krueger’s Fedora

Freddy Krueger's iconic fedora at MoPOP

Love him or hate him, Freddy Kruger has one distinct style.

Though the fedora may seem like the least iconic of Freddy’s three main fashion items, the story behind its inspiration will leave you with goosebumps. Read on, brave soul.

Freddy Kruegers shadow at MoPOP

Artifact Stats

Artifact: Freddy’s brown fedora

Appears: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Inspired by: In the documentary Never Sleep Again, director Wes Craven tells a story of being a child in Cleveland and waking up in the middle of the night to a shuffling sound outside. Craven looked outside and saw a “man in an overcoat and sort of a fedora hat.”

The man stopped and looked up right into his eyes. Craven moved away from the window in fear, but when he looked again, the man was still staring up into his window.

The story would be scary enough if it ended there, but it doesn’t. After that, the man tried to enter the building but mysteriously disappeared when Craven’s brother went downstairs with a baseball bat.

Closeup of Freddy Kruegers Fedora

You can see Freddy’s fedora, sweater, and glove in Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film.


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Fedora 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).

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