Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fangoria February - Life After Krueger!

Fangoria February is a month long celebration dedicated to the grooviest horror movie magazine ever created... FANGORIA!
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As I mentioned in the Freddy's Domination post, Fangoria went through a couple year stretch where they stuck Robert Englund in every possible place they could. Front covers, back covers, main stories, filler stores, you name if Freddy Krueger was on there. There came a point, however where all good things must come to an end and eventually audiences grew tired of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and its start protagonist. This would not stop Fangoria from finding some way to still include Robert Englund as a cover story on one of its magazines, though. Hence the LIFE AFTER KRUEGER article. A tell all interview of sorts with Robert Englund talking about what projects he has done after Elm Street and how Freddy Krueger changed his life.

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In typical classy Fangoria fashion, this piece is wrote with the utmost respect towards Robert Englund. You can tell that the man interviewing him is generally interested in hearing what Robert has to say. Unfortunately a lot of Roberts work after Elm Street is very hit or miss, though he obviously never comes right out and says that in this piece. He talks at length about how 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' was the best thing to happen to his career (some would even say that film gave him a career) it was also a double edged sword and he got typecast into the horror genera, which to his own admission was not his first choice of film.

He also speaks about how he tried to carefully select rolls after Elm Street exploded in popularity. Avoiding obvious attempts by other studios to cash in on his fame, instead trying to pick rolls in films that wanted him for his acting abilities and what he could bring to the roll that nobody else could. It is, as usual, a very classy and informative piece by Fangoria. It was nice to see that after so many years of them whoring Krueger out, that they would pay the same respect to the man who made the roll so iconic in the first place.

2 comments:

  1. Interesting. But, c'mon, when you hear the name Robert Englund, what comes to mind? Freddy Krueger. I would have to agree that NOES did give him his career. But his work in those movies was great!

    On a side note, I see your birthday is in a few days, so happy early birthday Kyle!!

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    1. Oh easily! Without Robert 'Nightmare' wouldn't be half the film it is and no-place near as legendary. Proof by the fact that when they tried to reboot the series without him, everything sort of fell flat. Robert Englund owned Freddy Krueger and nobody will ever be able to replace him.

      Thanks man. Birthday is indeed coming up on Sunday. I have no immediate plans, other than probably watching a couple horror flicks or something! =)

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