AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Freddy’s Nightmares (1988)
Week 3 of AWESOME-tober-fest 2012, day 2 of Freddy Krueger Week. Today I continue my look at the dream master in pop culture with the late 80s TV show, Freddy’s Nightmares.
Freddy’s Nightmares began airing in syndication in 1988. It was a horror anthology TV series hosted by Freddy Krueger. The show’s premise worked in much the same way as other hosted anthology shows like Tales from the Crypt (The Cryptkeeper) or Twilight Zone (Rod Serling).
The first episode, No More Mr Nice Guy, was directed by horror legend Tobe Hooper and featured an origin story for Freddy. Freddy is tried for killing children but gets off because he was not read his Miranda rights. The town forms a mob, catches up to him and burns him to the ground inside his hideout in an abandoned power plant. Throughout the series Freddy would begin and end the episode as the “host”. Some of the episodes of the series featured Freddy as the antagonist, but many of them only featured him tangentially or not at all.
The show ran for 2 seasons and has not been released on DVD in the US. However five episodes of the series were released on VHS in the mid-90s. The first three episodes were released on DVD in the UK, however, due to poor sales, all subsequent episode releases were canceled.
Here’s the intro to the show:
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