For some reason, the Nightmare on Elm Street movie franchise was my favorite thing to watch. Owning all of the DVDs, I religiously watched these films, which perhaps is saying a lot about me. In the 1980s slasher horror era, Freddy Krueger was a stand-out legend. The difference between him and such characters like Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers was that Krueger had personality. He talked. Was playful. And terrifying. The monster would haunt you in your dreams and if you died in your dream, you died in real life. Krueger was a former child killer, who was exonerated of his criminal charges due to wrongly filed paperwork. The parents in the neighborhood took it upon themselves to get vigilante justice, burning the man alive in the boiler room that he took his victims to. As a result, Krueger appeared to haunt the now teenage children of the parents who wronged him.

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The reasoning for the franchise’s success largely rests on Robert Englund’s shoulders. While Jackie Earle Haley did an okay job at the Christmas-sweater wearing monster in the 2010 remake, everything that made a Nightmare on Elm Street was because of Englund. Am I gushing? I’m sorry, everyone, but there’s no denying that Freddy Krueger is one of the best things to come from the 80s. And, true to the era; the ABC series the Goldbergs will bring Englund on for an episode, reprising his role as the horror movie icon.

It’s been 15 years since we’ve seen Englund don the claws and considering the “physical requirements” it’d take, it’s doubtful he’ll return to the big screen as the character. Still, we’ll most likely get a comedic performance, as Krueger is quite comical, you know, before he kills someone.

“I’m too old to do another Freddy now,” Englund previously shared with “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 sh*t. So it’s fun that the last moment of me ever playing Freddy is a wink to the audience.”

If you’re a horror movie buff like I am, let me know how excited you are to see Robert Englund back as Freddy Krueger? Especially on such a funny show like The Goldbergs.

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