The Robert Englund Story Documentary Explores Freddy Actor’s Time on Elm Street
From the makers of You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night and the upcoming widely-anticipated movies RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop and Pennywise: The Story of IT comes an all-new documentary celebrating the legacy and career of the legendary Robert Englund. Called ICON: The Robert Englund Story, the movie will document the iconic actor’s phenomenal career, beginning with his early days working as a young actor and going through his rise as one of the most beloved horror genre stars of all time. Along with Englund himself, many of the star’s co-workers from various projects will be interviewed for the feature, including cast and crew from Urban Legend, 2001 Maniacs, 976-EVIL, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Wishmaster, V, Dead and Buried, Phantom of the Opera, and, of course, the Nightmare on Elm Street movies.
“If anyone deserves this sort of recognition, then it’s Robert Englund,” says writer, producer, and co-director Gary Smart. He adds: “He has been a mainstay of horror cinema for nearly 40-years and without question has risen to the ranks in horror alongside Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. All of us at Cult Screenings are so excited to be celebrating this icon’s career.” Indeed, Englund has undoubtedly achieved the cult status of each one of those iconic legends to come before him, but he’s in good company as well. In addition to touching on Englund’s horror legacy, ICON will also touch on the passionate fandom of other major horror icons like Kane Hodder, Doug Bradley, Nick Casle, Jeffrey Dombs, Brad Dourif, Tony Todd, and others.
Of course, Englund’s standout role is that of Freddy Krueger, whom he portrayed in Wes Craven’s 1984 movie A Nightmare on Elm Street and its sequels. It can easily be argued that the character would not have become the pop culture phenomenon that it had if any other actor had been in the role. However, big fans of Englund appreciate him from a variety of other classic movies as well. An extremely talented and versatile actor, Englund has never turned in a lazy performance, and the best part of ICON will be that it will highlight some of the horror star’s other great work which may have been missed by some of his fans.
This is not the only documentary in the works to dive into the legacy of Robert Englund. Long after retiring as Freddy Krueger, Englund decided to take a seat in the makeup chair one more time for the movie Nightmares in the Makeup Chair, focusing specifically on the behind-the-scenes process Robert Kurtzman transforming Englund into Freddy. Another upcoming doc, FredHeads, highlights Englund’s biggest fans by exploring the fandom that is the Nightmare on Elm Street community. Both movies have previously released teaser trailers, but there’s no word yet on when these docs will become widely available for all of us to watch.
We can expect to see plenty of Englund’s fellow horror legends in the movie as well, as Kane Hodder has already been confirmed to appear. We’ll likely find out more information when the crowdfunding campaign goes live. According to the press release, the Indiegogo campaign for the doc will be go for 30 days, launching on June 1. You can watch a sneak peek of the documentary on official Facebook page for ICON: The Robert Englund Story.