The Nightmare On Elm Street franchise gave us one of the greatest cinematic slashers of all time. Its score is on par with the music and sound design in Halloween and the Friday the 13th series. But while Jason Vorhees was memorialized in Alice Cooper’s “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” from Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives and The Ramones famously sang about Pet Cemetery, no horror icon has been better immortalized in popular song and music video than the Springwood Slasher, Freddy Krueger.
Here we present 7 of the best Freddy Krueger themed music videos to brighten your Halloween in hues of red and green. That screeching sound you hear? It’s either Freddy dragging his finger knives across some metal in his spooky boiler room, or it’s some neighborhood alley cats reacting to the high notes in “Dream Warriors.”
In chronological order: One, Two, here’s some video clips for you…
Freddy Krueger – S.O.D. (1985)
S.O.D. (Stormtroopers Of Death) was a side-project formed by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, Anthrax drummer and behind-the-scenes guitar slinging riff-master Charlie Benante, former Anthrax bassist Danny Lilker (later of Nuclear Assault and Brutal Truth) and friend/frenemy/roadie Billy Milano.
Speak English or Die is remembered as one of the first true “crossover” albums to combine heavy metal and hardcore punk, as well as a comedically controversial attack on the nascent idea of “political correctness.” A cult classic, the album eventually sold over 1 million copies around the world, despite only being supported by a handful of live performances, including the hilariously titled 1992 reunion gig, Live at Budokan (which was recorded in New York City vs. the famous Japanese concert hall where Cheap Trick made the real Live at Budokan in the late seventies). Ian had sketched up a cartoon character called Sergeant D. while making Anthrax’s second album, Spreading the Disease. S.O.D. gave voice to Sgt. D’s Archie Bunker styled views on politics and social issues, in “Speak English or Die,” “Kill Yourself,” and “Pussy Whipped.”
This song, of course, was a tribute to another bad mannered miscreant, Freddy Krueger. After S.O.D.s short-lived tenure, Milano formed the soundalike band M.O.D. (Method Of Destruction), who paid tribute to Krueger a second time on their debut album, U.S.A. for M.O.D., with the song “Man of Your Dreams.” S.O.D. would reunite and reform off-and-on until about ten years ago, producing two more studio albums: Bigger than the Devil in 1999 and Rise of the Infidels in 2007.