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.