One of the highlights of last weekend’s Monsterpalooza convention in Pasadena was the Nightmare on Elm Street Panel, attended by none other than Robert Englund himself—the actor who has become synonymous with the iconic Springwood Slasher. The highlight of that highlight was when a fan asked Englund about his all-time favorite Freddy Krueger kill—and the answer will surprise you.
With some 43 names on his kill-list, we might assume picking a favorite might be difficult for Englund, but he didn’t hesitate: The moment came during Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. Ricky Dean Logan played Carlos, a hearing-impaired teen whom Freddy subjects to a particularly painful death. Check out the scene in all its glory in the video below.
Robert Englund: “That’s such a Cronenberg head explosion, you know? The guys loved doing that. But yeah that’s what I love, it’s a very politically incorrect sequence. And I know many, and I don’t even know what the politically correct term is anymore – I don’t think it’s disabled anymore – special needs actors? I work with actors that are in wheelchairs or have problems with their sight and they don’t want to just play goodie-goodie people all the time. They don’t just have to be the good guy, or the nice guy, or the saint, or the martyr. They want to be bad guys and villains as well. And I love the political incorrectness of that. Freddy is an equal opportunity serial killer. He doesn’t care if you’ve got a hearing-aid, he’ll get you.” Source
While hardly a fan favorite, Freddy’s Dead is still unique for its creative kills and insight into Krueger’s pre-demon days; it’s also the only Nightmare film in the franchise to be directed by a woman, Rachel Talalay (who also co-wrote the script). Check out the trailer, synopsis, and poster for Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, released in 1991, below.
Official Synopsis: Murderous ghoul Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) has slaughtered every last child in his hometown. He ventures on to a new location, scouting fresh young victims to hack up with his finger blades. He arrives in a small town in which his long-lost daughter, Maggie (Lisa Zane), works as a therapist for troubled youths. He attempts to recruit her for his dastardly pursuits, but she has other ideas. Father and daughter meet for a bloody showdown that will determine Freddy’s fate once and for all.
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