It looks like Robert Englund is not quite done haunting our dreams. Entertainment Weekly reports that Mr. Englund will don the burnt-flesh makeup once again to portray the iconic Freddy Krueger horror role. Englund had portrayed the nightmare slasher in the original classic film A Nightmare on Elm Street as well as the seven sequels that are part of the original franchise’s timeline. He also portrayed the character for the “Freddy’s Nightmares” television show, which ran for three seasons in the late 1980s. Despite hinting over the years that his time as Freddy was done, the actor will be the focus of a new documentary entitled Nightmares in the Makeup Chair, directed by Mike Kerz.
In Nightmares, Englund will be transformed into Freddy by makeup effects artist Robert Kurtzman (Army of Darkness, In the Mouth of Madness) while telling tales of his previous movie roles, Wes Craven, and his admiration for makeup artists. “Nightmares in the Makeup Chair is my love letter to the Nightmare on Elm Street series and to practical makeup,” England said in a statement to EW. Director Kerz, who was inspired to create this documentary after viewing old photos of artist Jack Pierce applying the Frankenstein makeup to Boris Karloff, was eager to have the two horror movie legends work together in front of the camera.
Nightmares in the Makeup Chair does not yet have an official release date, but is expected to premiere at an as-yet-unknown movie festival later in 2017. A national theatrical run, along with a coffee table book chronicling the action from the documentary, are also being planned.
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