Today, June 6, 2017, is Robert Englund’s 70th birthday.
Horror icons just don’t get any more iconic than Robert Englund, whose 40+ year career is still going strong today. Of course, Englund is most known for playing the character of Freddy Krueger so memorably across eight films that no other actor will probably ever be able to successfully lay claim to the role, but his work extends well beyond the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. In fact, our own Trace Thurman spotlighted 7 of Englund’s best non-Freddy roles on this very day last year, in celebration of his 69th birthday.
How are we celebrating Englund’s birthday this year? Personally speaking, I decided to bust out my VHS copy of the 1989 documentary The Making of a Nightmare, which was released by United American Video. To date, the 50-minute doc has never made its way onto DVD or Blu-ray, but the good news is that it can be found over on YouTube in its entirety.
And we’re embedding it here for your viewing pleasure!
The Making of a Nightmare was released in conjunction with A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (my personal favorite sequel), and it specifically chronicles the making of that film while also recapping the franchise up to that point. Featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Robert Englund, director Renny Harlin, and stars Brooke Theiss and Lisa Wilcox, among others, the doc is packed with behind the scenes footage from the filming of several key scenes, including Kincaid’s junkyard death and Debbie’s gruesome transformation into a roach.
Seeing Robert Englund talk as Robert Englund, while in the full Freddy Krueger makeup, makes us smile pretty wide. And we hope it does the same for you.
Happy Birthday, sir!