November 3, 2009
Where’s the love for Robert Englund?
My mum emailed me today to remind me that the premiere of V was tonight. My brother, mum and I watched the show regularly when it originally aired back in (gulp) 1983. We were all fond of Willie, the innocent alien played by Robert Englund.
When I was a teenager my friends Skinny, Sims and I were really into horror movies. We even went to Fangoria‘s Weekend of Horrors in Toronto in 1991. The horror movie convention featured my favorite make up artist Tom Savini, Kane “Jason” Hodder from Friday The 13th VII and VIII, Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead 1 and 2), scream queen, Linnea “Queen B” Quigley and the Godfather of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast). The only person missing was Robert Englund who we all knew and loved as Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, but we didn’t hold it against him. The guy had a busy schedule back then!
We were all huge Freddy Krueger fans. The cool thing was that Robert Englund always returned to play Freddy in each of the many sequels. Englund was everywhere as Freddy. He attended countless horror and sci-fi conferences, television shows, movie cameos and even charity events.
And now history is being re-written without him.
In an interview with TV Guide, Englund said that the remake of V makes him “feel pretty old”. He added that, “My two biggest hits are being remade so there’s kind of a perfect storm right now.”
V premiered tonight as a remake without Robert Englund. I didn’t have the heart to tune in. The remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street is slated for next year without Robert Englund. Seriously, who else could play Freddy freakin’ Kruger?
What’s the world coming to?
While I’m on the topic, can somebody please put a stop to lame remakes of classic horror films?
Photo by: AP