Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street : The Prequel


As I said yesterday, Never Sleep Again : The Elm Street Legacy is positively chock full of little factoids that even the most diehard of Freddy fanboys probably don't know about. For example, did you know Peter Jackson co-wrote a screenplay for Elm Street Part 6?! In Jackson's vision, Freddy had become so much of a joke that the teens of Elm Street were taking sleeping pills with the intention of falling asleep just so they could enter the dream world and beat up on the haggard dream demon - an obvious riff on the fact that Freddy was no longer scary by the time the sixth installment came around. Crazy shit, huh!

Another little thing I never knew about was that the hour long pilot episode of the television series Freddy's Nightmares delved into the origins of Freddy Krueger, not to mention was directed by Texas Chainsaw's Tobe Hooper. I tracked down the episode on YouTube and just had to share it with you guys - I figure if I, the huge Freddy fan that I am, had never seen this until now, a few of you guys probably haven't either. While the origins of Freddy have been delved into in various films in the franchise, including the remake, this is the most in depth and complete telling of that origin story out there. The episode is called No More Mr. Nice Guy and according to Robert Englund, this episode showcases better than any of the others what Freddy's Nightmares was supposed to be - but ultimately ended up not being.

Sadly, Freddy would take on merely a Cryptkeeper role in later episodes of the show, serving mostly as a presenter of 30 minute long horror stories. The show would go on to become a bit of a Before They Were Masters of Horror, featuring young up and coming directors the likes of Mick Garris and William Malone. One episode even starred a then unknown Brad Pitt! After two seasons it got the axe and still has not shown up on DVD.


Mike Snoonian said...

I loved loved loved this show growing up, and wish it would come out on DVD.

As a heads up, all the episodes are available for streaming on aol tv

Johnny said...

Thanks for the heads up, Mike!

atomicfox said...

Thanks for this! I just started watching the first part. I love when the attorney says, "Where did he go?" and the woman is like, "After more children!" Haha, classic.

Halloweenman666 said...

I used to love this show! I don't understand why it wouldn't be out on DVD yet. If Friday the 13th the series gets its own DVD then this should too! I sound like a whiny horror fanboy haha. At least we have aol streaming versions.

The Film Reel said...

I remember staying up till the wee hours of the night as a young kid waiting for this show to come on. I'm not sure how many I managed to watch but I know I saw a good number of them.

Cat said...

Wow, I'm surprised you'd never seen it! When I worked at blockbuster (800 years ago) I ordered the vhs of Freddy's Nightmares.. they're pretty cheesy!

Alex said...

Wow, I thought you guys would be all over this by now.


One guy has put together a very nice fan set of Freddy's Nightmares with a lot of random extras.

I tried to buy one off him last year but something happened and I didn't end up getting it. I hope to try again soon because it would be awesome to watch the whole series.

Here in Australia some of the show was put out on VHS and I caught a few being sold as ex-rentals four or five years back. The show is so campy but can still be strangely creepy due to the low-budget 80's video look and the stories that seem to know no bounds when it comes to craziness. I'm fondly reminded of Freddy's Revenge.

Johnny said...

I've seen bootleg DVD's of the series available at every horror convention i've been to over the last few years. I always pick 'em up and strongly consider buying, but never actually have. Perhaps it's time I take the plunge.

Jay Amabile said...

when I was a kid I loved this show and was pissed to see it disappear. I had them on VHS for years but when I started deep sixing my vhs tapes...they went with them. As shitty as they are I still rather them over this new Platinum Dunes movie.

AllHallowSteve said...

I was just talking to a friend about this a few weeks ago when we were on our way to see the remake.

He was telling me that he remembered an episode all about the parents making the decision to go after Freddy, etc. I thought it sounded awesome and then -poof- there was your post! Nice timing.

There was also supposed to be a Nightmare on Elm Street REALITY SHOW back in 2004. I did some digging on that and found out what happened here if you're interested: