Freddy Krueger is one of the best loved horror villains of all time and the actor synonymous with the role, Robert Englund, is celebrating his birthday today.
In addition to playing Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street and its seven sequels, he’s appeared in the horror flicks The Phantom of the Opera, Night Terrors, The Mangler, Wishmaster, Urban Legend, Strangeland, 2001 Maniacs, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, and many others. The actor has also logged hundreds of hours on TV shows since the 1970s.
“When I was 9, I went to a birthday party. We were supposed to see a cowboy movie, but the programming got screwed up and we saw The Bad Seed instead. Horrifying. For years I was frightened of girls with pigtails.” (Source)
“Freddy Krueger is a great politically incorrect villain, the logo character of a franchise spawned by a low-budget movie, made by some reasonably artistic people who came up with a gimmick. And it is a great gimmick – the idea that a bogey man, a revenge-motif serial killer could manifest himself in the subconscious of the children of the people that did him wrong. Freddy likes it, he is having fun doing it. He is unapologetic about that. You have a punk-rock nihilistic villain.” (Source)
Robert Englund was born on the date in 1947 and, today, all of us at Dread Central wish him a very Happy Birthday!