If horror movies are to be believed, it’s only a matter of time before your house is invaded by some maniac or gang of wrong ‘uns. Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) has the good sense to set her house up with a load of booby traps, setting her nemesis Freddy Kruger (Robert Englund) on fire, before catching him with a swift one to the family jewels courtesy of a spring-loaded sledge hammer. To be fair, she knew Freddy was coming – but to be completely safe, it’s best to get the house booby trapped in preparation for potential intruders.
The king of it, of course, was Peter Jackson, who made it an art-from in his early filmmaking days in New Zealand. The film, about a heavy metal band who accidentally summons an ancient evil force, is packed with more gore, guts and DIY tools to the face than you could shake an eviscerated intestine at. Considering most of his career choices of late, Johnny Depp might occasionally wish his bed would swallow him up.
Killers come and killers go, but there’s never been a horror movie villain like Freddy Krueger, and there’s never been a horror movie star like Robert Englund.
Yes, Bruce Campbell was approached about making an Ash vs. Freddy vs. Jason movie, which would have pitted his famous Evil Dead hero against the slashers from Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. As Campbell explained to in the video above, his suggestion that Ash kill Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees just didn’t go over.
The original incarnation of the wildly popular Nightmare on Elm Street series ran for eight movies over three decades, from 1984 to 2003. It was a cultural phenomenon born from a partnership between two men: writer-director Wes Craven, who passed away Sunday at the age of 76, and his fiery star Robert Englund, who played the knife-gloved tormenter of teens, Freddy Krueger. In 2014, Yahoo Movies sat down with Englund for a lengthy chat about his work on the Nightmare films, which you can watch in two parts above and below.