Robert Englund to Host Shadows of History for the Travel Channel

Freddy Krueger himself will investigate frightening, odd, and creepy stories in a brand-new series.

By Michelle Kaotic

For eight films, A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Robert Englund entered dreams to acquire his victims. This time, he is stepping out from behind his knitted sweater and sharp claws to host a new series exclusively on the Travel Channel. This news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.

Shadows of History, slated to air later this year, will feature six episodes exploring strange, supernatural-related stories that appeared in past American newspapers. If the series proves to be a success, there could be more episodes added in the future. With the help of historians and scholars, Englund will try to prove or debunk these stories that could find the horror icon venturing into the unknown. Travel Channel GM Jane Latman had the following to say in a statement paired with the announcement.

How can you make fascinating and petrifying stories even more scary? Add the genius of Robert Englund. As if tales of flying monsters, zombie cannibals and ghost ships were not enough, we are cranking up the volume for maximum impact. And our fans are going to go nuts for this legendary actor.

Known primarily for the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, the 71-year-old Englund has also appeared in lower-budget films, television series, and, most recently, as a guest on an episode of The Goldbergs last year. The actor is also a fan favorite on the convention circuit around the world.

In addition to Englund signing on for a TV series, fellow horror icon Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) is also contracted to be the host of a new reboot of Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Scheduled to air later this summer, the ten hour-long episodes will also be on the Travel Channel network. Campbell had the following to say when the show was announced earlier this year.

"Because amazing things happen all around the world, we should have no shortage of unbelievable stories to share with a fresh new audience."

It appears that both legends will be attempting to find what is truth or fiction in their respective new series. Stay tuned to Dead Entertainment for upcoming details.

About the Author

Michelle Kaotic

Growing up in Northern Ontario, Canada, I still remember that first time watching The Exorcist as a kid. While others looked away, I took in every pea green puke and head-spinning moment that I could. Since then, horror and music have become passionate hobbies in my life. Although new to the convention scene, I’ve been collecting both horror and music items for over two decades. Two moments that make these hobbies worthwhile were coming face to face with Freddy Krueger himself, the legendary Robert Englund, and shaking hands with guitar icon Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. I started Kaotic Notes back in 2015 to house the numerous reviews, interviews, photos, and videos that I had done, and continue to do so to this day. It’s only rock and roll with a touch of blood and gore. What can go wrong?!

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