This would have been so terrible and so amazing at the same time: Apparently, there was almost a scene in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985, directed by Jack Sholder) where a parakeet turned into a demonic simulacrum of Krueger himself. No seriously! An image made its way onto the set of Nightmare on Elm Street trading cards released in 1991. I myself wasn’t even aware of this hilarious bit of trivia until I saw this in my twitter feed.
— Cake Wolf (@tweetcakewolf) April 8, 2017
Does anyone know if there’s a version of the #NightmareonElmStreet 2 #horror film that has this bird turning into Freddy scene in it?
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The first thing I had to do when I saw this was to confirm its authenticity, and it’s legit: Per IMDB:
Special-effects man Rick Lazzarini created a “demonic parakeet” puppet for the scene in which the Walsh’s pet bird flies around and explodes. His puppet was not used because the filmmakers wanted a regular looking bird.
The irony of this is impressive, considering the scene has gone on to be one of the most widely derided in horror history. It’s bad, man. Have a look in the video below:
Now, I’m not saying a para-Freddy would have made the scene better, but it couldn’t have made it any worse!
Next thing I did was see if I could locate what @cakewolf was looking for, but alas, I found absolutely no existing video footage, or even still pictures of the Kruger-keet—and believe me, I looked (spending more time than I care to admit, actually!). Ultimately, there was nothing but the trading card image that sent me on my quest in the first place.
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If anyone else has something I missed, please let me know in the Comments section. And for kicks, check out the trailer, synopsis, and poster for A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge below.
Official Synopsis: Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) moves with his family into the home of the lone survivor from a series of attacks by dream-stalking monster Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). There, Jesse is bedeviled by nightmares and inexplicably violent impulses. It turns out Freddy needs a host body to carry out his gruesome vendetta against the youth of Springwood, Ohio. While Freddy gains influence, Jesse and his girlfriend, Lisa (Kim Myers), race against the clock trying to figure out what’s going on.