Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger: Krueger is a child murderer who killed at least twenty children over a decade before the film takes place. Furious, vengeful parents burned him alive in his boiler room hideout when he was released from prison on a technicality. Now, it appears he is manipulating the dreams of their children to exact his revenge from beyond the grave. According to Craven, Englund was not the first choice for the role of Freddy Krueger; they had initially wanted a stunt man to play the part. Michael Myers Max Soul Sneaker Shoes. Englund, however, was sent a copy of the script, and agreed to star. Englund had previously had minor roles in Big Wednesday (1978) and Bloodbrothers (1978), but was at the time best known for his role as an alien in the mini-series V and V: The Final Battle (1984).