Robert Englund Is Returning As Freddy Krueger In New Documentary

February 1, 2017

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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Robert Englund is sliding on his glove and sitting down in the makeup chair one last time as Freddy Krueger in the documentary ‘Nightmares in the Makeup Chair’.
Back in 2014, Englund brought Freddy out of retirement and appeared in full wardrobe and makeup to treat fans to a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Chicago’s Flashback Weekend. Directed by Mike Kerz, the upcoming documentary goes behind the scenes at Flashback Weekend. We will see Englund in the makeup chair, sharing stories while FX master Robert Kurtzman transforms Englund into our favorite dream-stalking killer. It will “take fans on an exciting, fun, and emotional journey through Englund’s years as Freddy Krueger with stories and anecdotes, all while paying tribute to the legacy of Wes Craven.”

I was inspired by the vintage photos of the legendary artist Jack Pierce applying the Frankenstein makeup to Boris Karloff. Sadly, those sessions were never documented on film.” Kerz explains. ” That is why we created our documentary – fans will see two modern horror legends at work. Robert Englund is fascinating as he shares insightful stories about the Elm Street films and Freddy with the audience. And it is amazing to watch Robert Kurtzman apply the various stages of makeup to transform Robert Englund into Freddy Krueger.


Nightmares in the Makeup Chair is my love letter to the Nightmare on Elm Street series and to practical makeup.” Englund had this to say about the documentary. “I’ve always been in awe of the multi-talented makeup effects artists. From sketching to sculpting, they realize the design. Then to the fine precision of the molding and the manufacturing of the makeup appliances which are nearly paper thin. And then, the application process where I sit in the makeup chair and I become their living canvas as they glue me in and paint the appliances. This documentary not only captures their talent, but I think it might inspire a new generation of practical effects artists. I was happy to become Freddy once again to share the makeup process with the fans.

The documentary will be showing at film festivals this year. As soon as a DVD release date is announced we will let you know, in the meantime check out the official website and the trailer for ‘Nightmares in the Makeup Chair’.

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