I was probably 4 or 5 years old in a video store with my mom and brother. I was always attracted to horror movies, and the terrifying covers for the Friday the 13th films really caught my attention. Later, I was allowed to play the game on NES, which at the time I thought was amazing. On that note, I'd discourage anyone from revisiting the old game as it puts a bit of a damper on what I thought were great gaming memories
Later, I was allowed to watch the movies on Halloween night and the rest is history. When I learned that this game was in development, it really rekindled my interest and I plan to binge watch the movies in the very near future.
I used to have similar night terrors as OP except moreso about scenes from sesame street and ghost busters.. Anyone recall charlie chaplin (or a look-alike) start moving around and walking out of photographs?
I'd have similar dreams about Jason and Freddy, but I was able to realize that they are fictional characters and that this must be a dream. It would then occur to me that I could recognize and even control certain things in my dreams, but sadly I would just wake up upon that realization. Thankfully, the chainsaw digging through my guts never really hurt.