Trailer Drops For Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story
There’s another genre bio on the way, this time it’s the man best known for playing everyone’s favourite child killer who’s in the spotlight as Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story comes to Screambox and Digital Platforms on June 6th. Directed by Christopher Griffiths and Gary Smart who also directed Pennywise: The Story of IT and You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night and co-written by Smart and Neil Morris who worked with them on the “Dark Gitties” series of original horror tales, it promises to cover not just the NOES franchise but early roles such as Stay Hungry which also featured a then unknown bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It also covers films like 976-EVIL which he also directed. Speaking of directors, I see Gary Sherman’s name in the credits so hopefully his role in the criminally underrated Dead & Buried will get some attention. I’d also love to hear about the shooting of Galaxy of Terror, Never Too Young to Die, which features Gene Simmons as an evil hermaphrodite, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and so many other of his lesser known roles rather than the same ones we keep hearing about. At just over two hours long there should be time to include some of them.
A classically trained actor and director, Robert Englund has become one of the most revolutionary horror icons of our generation. Throughout his career, Englund starred in many well-known movies but shot to super-stardom with his portrayal of supernatural serial killer Freddy Krueger in the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise. This unique and intimate portrait captures the man behind the glove and features interviews with Englund and his wife Nancy, Lin Shaye, Eli Roth, Tony Todd, Heather Langenkamp and more.
The film which was shot over the course of two years highlights the life and career of the classically trained actor and director.
The documentary follows Englund’s career from his early days in Buster and Billie and Stay Hungry (starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger) to his big break in the 1980s as Freddy Krueger to his directorial debut with the 1988 horror film 976-EVIL to his iconic acting status in current roles such as the hit TV series “Stranger Things.”
Robert Englund, Nancy Englund, Eli Roth, Adam Green, Tony Todd, Lance Henriksen, Heather Langenkamp, Lin Shaye, Bill Moseley, Doug Bradley and Kane Hodder
Gary Smart and Christopher Griffiths
Gary Smart and Neil Morris
Run Time: 129 minutes Rating: Not Rated