AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Freddy’s Nightmares (1988)

AWESOME-tober-fest 2012

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).

Freddy's Nightmares

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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One Response to “AWESOME-tober-fest 2012: Freddy’s Nightmares (1988)”

  1. I have yet to watch these but believe it or not I have both seasons on my computer. I think there’s something like 22 eps in each season. I’ve had them for some time just never got around to watching them. I did have this grand idea of putting them together on DVD with nice menus and everything but, you know, why do that when I can just let them sit on my hard drive for a couple of years. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

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