Written by Patti Pauley
Just under two months ago, I expressed my deep and rather personal fondness for the fairly, universally beloved Nightmare sequel, Dream Warriors to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary. As a child of the ’80s, Freddy Krueger was a huge part of that era and the iconic slasher portrayed by Robert Englund, had become a living entity all its own and unregrettably marketed to kids in the form of talking dolls, lunch boxes, Halloween costumes, and that sweet, sweet little television program you may remember later in the decade that aired in my area right after dinner in my house at 6:00 PM, Freddy’s Nightmares. And you can bet your sweet ass I nearly choked on Mom’s meatloaf several times so as not to miss this week’s Springwood tale of terror. Call me an old, nostalgic turd if you will, but there was really nothing like growing up in that time. A time where slashers ruled the decade with a mighty razor-sharp glove. A time where as a horror-loving kid, an icon like Krueger becoming so mainstream and opening the genre door to new fans such as a few of my own friends, was truly a magical time as a horror Padawan.
Heather Lankenkamp said it best, “Every kid knows who Freddy is. He’s like Santa Claus, or King Kong.”
So with me being such a Fred-Head, imagine my excitement when I came across this rare, vintage video from the set of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors where the legend himself Robert Englund is seen giving a hilariously fantastic interview as Freddy to HBO. Uploaded from Youtube account Nightmare Companion, this raw, unedited interview conducted seemingly for promotional purposes for Dream Warriors, touches on Freddy’s goals- one of which is to appear on the Joan Rivers show, where as it so happens his alter ago Englund did appear later that year to promote the Nightmare film. Also note that “Freddy” gives actual directions to the original 1428 Elm Street house when prompted as to where Elm Street actually was. Classic Englund. Check it out in all its vintage glory below!