Robert Englund Teases His Freddy Krueger Appearance on The Goldbergs

A new preview of the upcoming episode has also been released.

By Chris Morse

The special Halloween episode of The Goldbergs featuring the legendary Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger finally airs on Wednesday night and we have a couple of previews to get ready to face the serial killer of your nightmares once again. For starters, Englund spoke with New York Post and discussed what went into making this appearance happen and how his character fit into this sitcom.

When he was first asked about donning the infamous make-up and outfit once more, Englund said no, but a little convincing was eventually able to get him on board, as the actor explained.

I’ve been very protective of the character for years … I said no to [series creator] Adam [Goldberg]. And then he sent me probably the most beautiful fan letter I ever received, telling me how much “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” meant to him. And then I started thinking about my fans, how it dovetails with the ’80s experience and this sort of retro memory play that “The Goldbergs” is about.

Some fans have thought this appearance on The Goldbergs was selling out the character but Englund just flat-out disagrees. Freddy had been exploited for years but it's the memory of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street experience that matters the most today, flashing many of us back to the days where you could rent the movie and have a blast while being scared. The actor explained how the character simply became part of our culture today.

Freddy’s been absorbed by popular culture. There’s Hello Kitty decals now. He’s been on “The Simpsons,” “South Park,” “Family Guy,” “Rick and Morty.” He’s in comic books. He’s everywhere with action figures and dolls and stuff, late-night talk show punch lines. It’s like Frankenstein now: he’s just a by-word, a logo for the memory of an experience. So I was able to kind of make peace.

Finally, as though it needed to be said, Englund touched upon the Freddy's more comedic side, which eventually became a very big part of the franchise and character over the years. It certainly won't be missing from this special appearance either.

Freddy’s always had this great personality and sense of humor — that kind of cool clown-jester-from-hell aspect — and over the years that has been exploited by us, me, the film editors. [Creator] Wes Craven, God rest his soul, had me cracking wise from the get-go.

As a final tease leading up to the episode's premiere, the official social media accounts for The Goldbergs dropped a short preview of a scene and we are pretty satisfied with Freddy's puns and Englund's delivery. Check it out for yourself below.

This special Halloween episode of The Goldbergs, titled “Mister Knifey Hands,” will air on ABC next week on Wednesday, October 24th at 8 PM eastern time.

About the Author

Chris Morse

Thanks to his friends and family, Chris grew up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games. From self-taught web design as a teenager to a formal education in computer science, he has always had a passion for web technologies and has channeled all of those interests into building this website platform. Chris opted to dive straight into horror with this project and is joined by some of those very same influential friends and family here on the staff. When not programming or gaming, you can find him heading to the midwest to cheer on his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers. Go Pack Go!

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