Trick or treat. Englund speculated that they were ‘disappointed’ when he chose acting over pursuing a career in law. Englund is one of only three actors to have portrayed a horror movie character eight times in a row. The other holders of this prestigious title are Doug Bradley and Tobin Bell. After his rise to stardom, Englund was able to meet some of the directors and producers whose films he had admired for so many years. Copyright 2018, Bounding Into Comics. Just six years prior, Krueger had also taken a small role on another classic of the era: 1978’s Halloween. He had a surprising job in 1978’s Halloween But what you might not have been aware of is that he also played the role in all 44 episodes of Freddy’s Nightmares, a small screen spin-off of the film franchise. Tempt them. Force him out of the closet or back into the closet and we can do that,” he elaborated. Back in the 80’s children would go school and talk about the films that our parents had rented out the night before, upon speaking to my husband about this we found that we had a lot more in common then we first thought. In the movie industry, that is. According to Englund, he had a passion for movies from a young age and, as a child, was obsessed with Peter Pan. He detailed, “Again, you look at Nightmare 3, the fan favorite “Dream Warriors,” you want to take that place where they all meet and maybe some of the kids are there for drug rehab.”. In 1988, Englund directed the horror movie 976-Evil and in 2008 he worked on Killer Pad, as well as two episodes of Freddy’s Nightmares. Nothing says you’ve had a lasting impact in Hollywood more than having Quentin Tarantino reference you in his work. There is clearly no end to Englund’s talent, and he is actually a record holder. Of course, growing up in Los Angeles, it’s hardly a surprising choice of hobby. Beyond his many appearances as Freddy, Englund has literally dozens of horror movies to his name, including a grisly 1989 take on The Phantom of the Opera. Englund was tasked with tossing sacks of dead leaves around the set in order to make things look more autumnal. Englund claims audiences would be accepting of this idea, but in order to really pull it off you would need someone clever. Unlike many celebrities these days, Englund does not come with an arm-length list of ex-wives. Disclosure Information: Some of the organizations with products on our site may pay us a referral fee or affiliate commission when you click to apply for those products. And I think it’s the same thing with Child’s Play … I think they’re so part of the culture and they’re being rerun so much and they’re available on DVD.”, The horror master would go on to point out what he felt was part of the secret sauce of Nightmare’s success when it was first introduced, “They also have to recognize what is the secret. I booked all the photo shoots I could with him and as many autograph signings as I could and it was so worth it the queues were long to see him but with my diamond pass in hand it went so swiftly, standing at his table I noticed he could just talk naturally with his fans, there was no rushing them away and eavesdropping on the conversations he was having with the people in front of us to our conversation there was no repetition, Robert even spoke about a show he was hooked on called “The Outsider” to my husbands glee as this is his favourite show on tv at the present. Would this be a better way to see the Dream Demon come back to film? ‘I’m on my third generation of fans,’ the actor explained in a recent interview. 20. This passion informed his film career too, helping him get an audition for the role of the young surfing soldier in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. Makeup artists on the set of Nightmare on Elm Street would later recall that Englund was so talkative and friendly that it made the application process lengthier than it needed to be. He also encounters lots of death metal fans, and recounts feeling pleasantly surprised when most of them turn out to be ‘really sweet guys’. England also recounted how he is frequently recognised by fans and casual viewers alike. Being a classically trained actor, Englund isn’t afraid to branch out of the realms of horror movies every once in a while. Craven originally wanted English actor David Warner for the role after he was blown away by his incredible audition. At 5’9” and with a wiry build, Englund definitely didn’t fit the bill. According to Englund, his roommate at the time convinced him to take a trip to the film set, located in Pasadena. This was for a 2018 episode, rather aptly entitled Mr Knifey-Hands, in which Freddy Krueger makes an appearance on Halloween. Wes Craven and Bob Shaye the founder of New Line Cinema talk about the origin of A Nightmare on Elm Street on STARZ’s “Going to Pieces” horror special which you can see below: As we reported last year, The Craven Estate is currently accepting pitches though there is no word on if they will move forward with a new project with this IP. A born Californian, Englund has been a surfing enthusiast all his life. He also made appearances in some, um, slightly less highbrow movies, like the 2008 comedy Zombie Strippers. Much to our excitement, he’s recently hinted he might be interested in reprising the role when the latest revival of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies finally gets out of development purgatory. Englund explained, “If they redid Nightmare 2, for instance, and really deal with the subtext, Freddy toying with that boy’s sexuality.”. This is a very similar view that the late Wes Craven had when he came up with the original concept of A Nightmare on Elm Street back in the 1980s when he read a story about a boy who was terrified of falling asleep and died when forced too. Seemingly destined for a life of ‘nice guy’ roles, Englund was thrilled at the chance to bring out his evil side and play Krueger. He has been married twice, first to Elizabeth Gardner in 1968 at the tender age of 21. He would perform in professional children’s theatre shows, with roles in various productions including Hansel and Gretel, Pinocchio and Aladdin. At the age of 8, 9, 10 years old it was the normal to watch these films over and over again, infact I remember writing my own version of a Freddy film in my mind when trying to sleep at night and each night I would add and add to it and if filmed it would of become a 10 hour epic. So in closing yes we are the “Freddy family” but we are also want to extend a hand to Robert and his family to join the “Williams” family whenever he is in Wigan (Manchester). After a rather notable gap in his love life, Englund wed Nancy Booth in 1988, and the pair remain married to this day. Robert Englund got his big break in horror movies in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, but it wasn’t the actor’s introduction to the genre. When we were made aware that Robert Englund was attending London comic con it was a no brainier I was going, my husband was going and we were taking the children we have done other exhibitions like for my husband The previous London comic con where he got to meet his hero Williams Shatner and events closer to home like “for the love of horror” in Manchester where I met other horror heroes such as Kane Hodder and CJ Graham aswell as others.