It’s been three decades since Freddy Krueger first slashed his way into our nightmares in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street – which makes it a pretty good time for Robert Englund, the actor who made Krueger one of horror’s most enduring boogeymen, to hang up his glove and fedora for the final time.
The actor did just that this past weekend, appearing at a horror convention in Chicago in what promoters billed as the “last” time Englund would wear the complex Freddy makeup. Unlike most horror films – where the bad guy is killed at the end only to return in a sequel -- this is the end of the line according to Englund.
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Chicago news channel Fox 32 was on hand for an exclusive interview with the man of our dreams as he was fitted into the prosthetic headpiece (Krueger was a child killer who was burned alive in an act of vigilante justice – he came back to haunt the nightmares of the kids of the people who murdered him) – an arduous process that takes over two hours from start to finish.
For his part, Englund admits he made peace with saying good-bye to Freddy years ago. It’s been 11 years since Freddy vs. Jason, and the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise attempted to reboot without him in the main role several years ago. So, what inspired the actor to return one last time? A worthy cause.
Englund got back into character to raise funds to help save the Midway Drive in Theater in Sterling, Illinois. Seems fitting that a horror icon would go out of his way to save a drive-in – a place where the older amongst us developed our love of the genre.
While Englund seems adamant that this is the end of the line for him as Freddy, we’ll always have him in our DVD collections – and our nightmares.
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