Not only did Robert Englund play Freddy Krueger in each and every installment in the original Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, but he also slapped on the Christmas sweater for 44 episodes of a spinoff series called Freddy’s Nightmares – playing host to an anthology of horror stories.
Aside from a particularly memorable premiere episode that delved into Krueger’s origin story (directed by Tobe Hooper!), Freddy’s Nightmares had little to do with the franchise and Freddy was rarely involved in the stories themselves, though the show remains an interesting part of Elm Street history.
For whatever reason, Freddy’s Nightmares has yet to be released on home video, with only a select few episodes making it onto a recent Nightmare on Elm Street Blu-ray collection. At this point in time, there’s really no way to watch all the other episodes… but that’s about to change.
Robert Rodriguez’ El Rey Network, known to horror fans for the recently launched From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, just announced that they’ll be showing episodes of Freddy’s Nightmares beginning later this year, which will be the first time the series has aired on TV in many years.
As described in the network’s press release, Freddy’s Nightmares is an anthology show hosted by Freddy Krueger, featuring Twilight Zone-like stories about the residents of Springwood’s nightmares. Episodes consist of two stories, usually with a character from the first half becoming the focus of the second half.
No word yet on when the show will begin airing on El Rey, but this is great news for all Elm Street fans!