If Freddy Krueger was on your list for Valentine’s Day, then you will find him over on the El Rey Network this year. The network, which was started by Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez, has been hosting quite a few legends lately, which includes its hit series From Dusk till Dawn.
According to horror website Dread Central, Freddy Krueger is coming to the network to host a marathon of his favorite hit films and TV shows. And when they say marathon, what they actually mean is 45 hours of non-stop Freddy Krueger starting on February 13 and ending on the night of Valentine’s Day.
For those who are wondering, the original Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund, will be back as the nightmare man himself. Krueger will host the entire marathon of his hit films and shows, starting with the TV series Freddy’s Nightmares, on February 13.
— Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) January 16, 2016
The El Rey Network has not quite made it into every living room in the country, still being new and launching their brand while slowly growing their market presence. Freddy Krueger is just one of many different themed TV shows and films they offer.
The network itself thrives of certain classic content and new TV shows. It is the brainchild of Rodriguez and features content that he and fellow Hollywood friend Quentin Tarantino love to produce or display. That content includes Kung Fu classics, Grindhouse films, Iconic TV, Director’s Chair (documentary), Bullets and Brawlers, as well as classic Cult Horror, which is why Freddy Krueger is coming this February.
Their original TV shows includes From Dusk till Dawn, Lucha Underground, and The Director’s Chair.
Although it does feature a lot of classic content that glorifies the grittier side of cinema, they also act as a platform for emerging indie filmmakers and other people in the industry.
There might be a handful of people out there that do not know who Freddy Krueger is, so let’s just give you a quick refresher. Way back in 1984, the late Hollywood fright film director Wes Craven dreamed up a whole new level of horror when he introduced Krueger to the world as a dream, or nightmare, monster that would come into certain teenagers dreams and kill them while they were asleep in the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street.
The premise behind the film was that when Krueger killed a person in their dreams, they would die in real life. The back story to Freddy Krueger was vaguely told in the first film, which would later be expanded upon.
In his mortal life, Freddy Krueger was a man who hunted down and killed children. The parents of the town had enough of the mystery killer, so when Krueger was caught and tried for his crimes, he was accidentally released from jail on a technicality.
The parents of the children that lived on Elm Street could not just let that go so after his release, they tracked him down to an abandoned boiler house and burnt it to the ground, effectively killing the mortal version of Freddy Krueger and accidentally creating a demonic monster that would live on in the dream world.
Years later, Krueger would return for the children he did not get to kill in life and started picking them off one by one in their dreams. He was not just a killer, but more of torturous man who killed his victims by toying with them in the dream world, which he controlled with an abundance of omnipotence.
The first film spawned eight sequels and one remake. One of the original sequels to the film series was with rival killer Jason Voorhees in the 2003 film, Freddy vs. Jason. That was the last time that Robert Englund ever played Freddy Krueger on film. He was replaced with actor Jackie Earle Haley in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
— Tiffany Stockton (@tiffys1983) January 23, 2016
All that is about to change now on the El Rey Network now, when Englund straps on the killer knifed glove and the red and black sweater to once again become Freddy Krueger.
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