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One of the first movies I remember really being creeped out by was the original Nightmare on Elm Street. I can remember even being un-nerved by the song the children sang: “One, two Freddy’s coming for you, three four, better lock your door, five, six grab your crucifix, seven, eight better stay up late. Nine, ten, never sleep again.” In fact, it has been 15 years since Freddy’s last appearance in Freddy vs Jason. With that being said, Robert Englund (who has played Freddy in all but one film) is reprising his role as Freddy Krueger for the Halloween episode of ABC’s The Goldbergs. It was recently revealed that the episode is slated to air on Wednesday, October 24th. Here is the synopsis for the episode, entitled: “Mister Knifey-Hands”
Despite Beverly’s wishes, Jackie’s parents allow Adam to watch A Nightmare on Elm Street and a disagreement between the families ensues. But Beverly dreams of facing off with horror icon Freddy Krueger (guest star Robert Englund), which teaches her an important lesson about her son’s relationship with Jackie. Meanwhile, Erica realizes she’s not as popular as she once was as she starts hanging out at William Penn Academy despite the fact she’s no longer a student there.”
The idea of using “Nightmare” for the sitcom makes perfect sense in a land where it’s always 1980 something. Englund’s appearance as Krueger will be the actor’s first live-action return to the character since he faced off with Friday the 13th‘s Jason Voorhees in 2003. Since that time, Englund has worn the intricate makeup for convention appearances only and these were limited to photo ops for fans. Englund admitted as much when asked in a recent interview with ComicBook.Com if he had another Nightmare left in him.
“I’m too old to do another Freddy now. If I do a fight scene now it’s got to be real minimal because I can’t snap my head for eight different takes and different angles. My spine gets sore. I can still be mean and scary, but I’m mostly relegated now to sort of Van Helsing roles, old doctors and shit. So it’s fun that the last moment of me ever playing Freddy is a wink to the audience.”
For you Robert Englund fan’s, are you ready for one more appearance as Freddy Krueger? Share your Nightmare thoughts with us at GVNation.
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Senior Writer at GeekVibesNation – I am a 50 something child of the 70’s who admits to being a Star Trek/Star Wars/Comic Book junkie who once dove head first over a cliff (Ok, it was a small hill) to try to rescue his Fantastic Four comic from a watery grave. I am married to a lovely woman who is as crazy as I am and the proud parent of a 17 year old boy with autism. My wife and son are my real heroes.