One of the main stumbling blocks to any future Nightmare on Elm Street reboot is that fact that, for better or worse, fans seem unwilling to accept anyone besides Robert Englund in the integral role of Freddy Krueger. Indeed, Englund has become synonymous with “The Springwood Slasher”, a character he helped flush out in the original Nightmare and numerous sequels. When Nightmare was rebooted in 2010, Freddy was played by Jackie Earle Haley—and fans were not impressed.
It’s a Catch 22 because Englund himself has put Freddy in the review mirror of his career. While he’s expressed interest in participating in a future reboot in some capacity, the actor officially retired Krueger after a final appearance at Chicago’s Flashback Weekend in 2014.
That appearance is now the subject of a feature film documentary: Nightmares in the Makeup Chair!
We just got the Press Release a few hours ago:
Robert Englund is back in the Freddy Krueger makeup in the new documentary NIGHTMARES IN THE MAKEUP CHAIR. Fans will enter the makeup room and see the entire process as special makeup effects artist Robert Kurtzman transforms Robert Englund into Freddy Krueger once again!
Official Synopsis: Robert Englund takes fans on an exciting, funny, and emotional journey through his years as Freddy Krueger with stories and anecdotes, all while paying tribute to the legacy of Wes Craven. Join Robert Englund as he meets fans as Freddy, while he is interviewed in full Freddy makeup by horror host Svengoolie (Rich Koz), and as he shares his memories and insights on Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare on Elm Street series.
Robert Englund says, “NIGHTMARES IN THE MAKEUP CHAIR is my love letter to the Nightmare on Elm Street series and to practical makeup. I’ve always been in awe of the multi-talented makeup effects artists. From sketching to sculpting, they realize the design. Then to the fine precision of the molding and the manufacturing of the makeup appliances which are nearly paper thin. And then, the application process where I sit in the makeup chair and I become their living canvas as they glue me in and paint the appliances. This documentary not only captures their talent, but I think it might inspire a new generation of practical effects artists. I was happy to become Freddy once again to share the makeup process with the fans.”
Look for Nightmares in the Makeup Chair’s release this October.