Robert Englund is of course best known for playing Freddy Krueger in all seven original Nightmare on Elm Street films, as well as reprising the role in Freddy vs. Jason. Needless to say, it’s highly likely that Freddy would’ve never become the iconic pop culture figure that he did if it weren’t for Englund, and for that reason and that reason alone, we should all be kissing the man’s feet.
While it’s almost impossible to imagine anyone in the role other than Robert Englund – let’s pretend that remake doesn’t even exist, shall we? – an interesting bit of trivia connected to the Elm Street franchise is that Englund actually wasn’t Wes Craven’s first choice to play the nightmarish dream demon. That honor instead belongs to English actor David Warner, who donned the Christmas sweater in the early going. Yes, Freddy was almost an Englishman.
The origin story of the Freddy Krueger character is tied to a memorable event in Craven’s childhood, where he heard strange noises outside of his house one night, and upon looking out the window, saw a creepy old man walking past in a fedora. As if sensing a young Craven’s fear, the man looked up into the window and spooked him something fierce, leaving an indelible mark on the director’s life. Craven was particularly struck by the way the old man seemed to get enjoyment out of scaring him, which became the general basis of Freddy Krueger.
Conceived and written as being an old man, Craven naturally auditioned older actors for the role and it was David Warner who stuck out to him. Warner, who had previously played Jennings in The Omen, was originally cast to play Krueger, going so far as to sit for makeup tests (above). Proving that it just wasn’t meant to be, Warner soon thereafter dropped off the project, due to scheduling conflicts.
It was then, and only then, that Craven met Robert Englund, whose audition so impressed him that he had a complete change of heart about the character, deciding that a younger actor could pull it off just as well, if not better, than an older one could – after all, once the makeup is on, you can’t tell the age of the actor underneath anyway. And so, with Warner no longer attached, Englund was hired to take his place, and Freddy Krueger – as we know and love him – was born.
(Interesting to note that over a decade later, David Warner appeared in Scream 2 as drama teacher Gus Gold, at long last working with Wes Craven.)
All due respect to Warner, but I am incredibly happy that things worked out the way they did, as again I truly believe that Freddy just wouldn’t have been Freddy, without Englund underneath the makeup. As we saw in that awful remake, just because you’re a great actor doesn’t mean you can handle the role, and though I’m sure Warner would’ve done a fine job, I’m willing to bet that Freddy would’ve never become as iconic as he did if he didn’t leave the project, and pave the way for Englund to come in.
‘Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed’ Trailer Lets You Play as a Ghost or Suit Up and Form Your Own Crew
Today, Illfonic gave big details on a game that had been teased earlier in the year. That’s right, Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is on its way to PC and Consoles this fall. The game will be a huge immersive multiplayer and single-player experience. In the game, you will be able to side with the ghosts becoming several iconic spectrals including Slimer. In addition to playing as a ghost, you can become a Ghostbuster, suit up in totally custom suits and bust ghosts using proton accelerators.
Use classic equipment as well as new untested gear, while you travel through New York visiting spots that were popular in the films and beyond. Cause, not only is the game pulling from the films, it is also grabbing characters and locations from The Real Ghostbusters.
Work with Ray, Winston and the guys in order to become the best Ghostbuster that you can be. The only question is, are you ready for mass hysteria? Cats and dogs living together? We are too. Let’s get to bustin’.
If you digitally pre-order the game it gets you a playable Slimer, a custom particle thrower and proton pack, and special clothing colorways.
The synopsis for Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed goes like this:
Form a team with up to three other Ghostbusters to track down Ghosts haunting a number of locales. Sniff out paranormal activity with the P.K.E. Meter and charge it to unleash a short-range pulse disabling Ghost movement. Unveil hidden rifts acting as the Ghost’s spawn points and teleportation portals, and destroy them. Use the powerful Particle Throwers to capture the Ghost, deploy a trap, and wrangle them into it before they escape!
Meanwhile, the Ghost works alone, roaming around stages like the Museum, an abandoned Prison, and other spooky locations, including a new one to be revealed at Gamescom. Frighten civilians to scare them away. Possess objects to raise the overall Global Haunt percentage, to regain ghost power, or just cause mass hysteria. Use slime to temporarily stun Ghostbusters. Move the rifts to keep them guessing, summon minions to make an escape, and show the Ghostbusters they should be afraid of this Ghost!
Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed will be available on October 18 via PC, Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4|5, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. Pre-orders are available starting today!
In order to check out the full trailer for Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed check it out RIGHT HERE!!
‘The Midnight Club’ Gives Us a Peek at the Latest From the Minds of Mike Flanagan and Christopher Pike
To those before. To those after. To us now. And to those beyond. Seen or unseen. Here but not here. Christopher Pike’s The Midnight Club is a classic. That is why it is so great to see these characters come to life in the first tease from the series.
Christopher Pike’s The Midnight Club is a classic. That is why it is so great to see these characters come to life in the first tease from the series.
It is a short tease but, one that those familiar with the works will be really excited to see. The characters in The Midnight Club are larger than life with their big hearts and stories, so putting physical faces to these is really great.
The synopsis for The Midnight Club goes like this:
“At a hospice with a mysterious history, the eight members of the Midnight Club meet each night at midnight to tell sinister stories – and to look for signs of the supernatural from the beyond. A new horror series from Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy’s Intrepid Pictures (The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass) and Leah Fong, based on the creative work of bestselling author Christopher Pike.“
It is also really exciting to know that the team behind Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is behind the series as well.
We can’t wait to join The Midnight Club when it arrives on Netflix beginning October 7.
Source: (Vanity Fair)
You Can Watch the 1st Episode of the Terry Crews-Starring ‘Tales From the Walking Dead’ Right Here
The Walking Dead anthology spin-off, Tales from the Walking Dead had its premiere and folks mostly dug the first episode. It stars Terry Crews and Olivia Munn and is titled Evie/Joe.
Crews was super excited about being in the world of The Walking Dead, being a huge fan himself.
“You’ve got to understand, I was worried. You have to know because I’m a fan too. I am the biggest fan. The last thing you want to be is the guy who ruined the franchise,” Crews said “This is a dream. This world is as big as Marvel. It’s as big as any other world. And I am a big-time horror, sci-fi fan, and especially of (The Walking Dead).”
The synopsis for this episode of Tales of the Walking Dead goes like this:
“In a road-trip story, reclusive prepper Joe (Terry Crews) abandons his bunker in search of a female prepper from his past; along the way, he meets an unlikely ally Evie (Olivia Munn) who is his opposite; they team up in an effort to find their lost loved ones.”
There are five episodes left after this one. We are dying to check out the one that stars Parker Posey as a publicist trying to “Fake News” her way through the beginning of the Walker outbreak.
The first full episode of Tales of the Walking Dead becomes available below beginning at 1 p.m. CT.