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Broom Hilda has hit the big time, and we're not talking about her waistline. Deadline reports producers Gilbert Adler and Jason A. Rosenberg plan to adapt Russell Myers' witch of newspaper comics fame as a feature film and more. Broom Hilda was previously adapted for television. It first featured on Archie's TV Funnies, which aired on CBS for two seasons, before being cancelled in 1973.
In 1978, Broom Hilda was part of the Fabulous Funnies TV show, which aired for 13 episodes before being cancelled by NBC. Adler has produced TV series including Tales from the Crypt (1991-96), Freddy's Nightmares (1988-90), and Perversions of Science (1997). According the report, Broom Hilda could be returning to TV, too.
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When it comes franchises, Nightmare On Elm Street is one of the most enduring, not only in the horror genre, but in the cinema landscape in general. What is interesting though is that, even after seven movies in the original run, an unsuccessful reboot and several other spinoffs, we never got a complete Freddy Krueger origin. There were moments here and there, but never a complete picture of how it all happened. That is, until now.
A new fan-made YouTube video that has been floating around has managed to finally deliver a complete origin story for Freddy Krueger. The video comes courtesy of the Playa TV YouTube channel and has taken bits and pieces from various films and even a decent chunk form the Freddy's Nightmares TV series in order to make the 18 minute video. Prior to this pretty impressive bit of work, the most complete version of the Freddy origin we had was in the pilot episode of Freddy's Nightmares, which first aired in October of 1988.
Robert Englund, who has of course played Freddy in most of the Nightmare On Elm Street cannon, was featured heavily in the first episode of the series but then oddly took on more of a hosting role for the rest of Freddy's Nightmares, sort of like the Crypt Keeper from Tales From the Crypt. The fan who made Freddy's Origins: The Beginning managed to make very good use of what Englund did in that first episode of the series though and by cleverly interweaving it with various bits of footage from some of Wes Craven's other Nightmare On Elm Street films, has put together something horror fans should really be able to get behind.
At the moment, Jason will be getting a new origin story in a Friday The 13th reboot that is finally getting off the ground, and Leatherface is finally getting a proper origin story later this year. Not only that, but John Carpenter has signed on to executive produce a new Halloween film. So it is a good time to be a legacy horror character, but outside of this fan video, Freddy is pretty much sitting idle. After the failed 2010 reboot of A Nightmare On Elm Street, it seems like nobody really knows what to do with the property.
Englund isn't getting any younger, and is pretty sure he'll never don the sweater and the makeup again for another turn as the "Springwood Slasher." Though, he is opening to returning to the franchise sans make-up for a cameo or secondary character in whatever the reboot turns out to be. With Craven unfortunately no longer with us, it may be a bit more difficult to get a new Elm Street off the ground that really resonates with fans. In the meantime, this fan made origin video will have to do. Be sure to watch Freddy's Origins - The Beginning for yourself below. »
Robert Englund will reprise his iconic role of Freddy Krueger to host El Rey's upcoming 45-hour "A Nightmare on Elm Street" marathon which kicks off the day before Valentine's Day. The run will include the first five films in the 'Elm Street' series along with several episodes of the "Freddy's Nightmares" anthology series.
Showtime's new series "Billions" drew record numbers for Showtime on Sunday night, the drama pulling in 2.99 million viewers, both in premiere ratings and advance sampling, to make the best series debut ever for the cabler - topping the 2.91M that tuned in for the "Ray Donovan" series premiere.
- Garth Franklin
Join El Rey Network and Freddy Krueger for the third annual "Rip Your Heart Out" Valentine's Day Marathon. This year will bring you and your Dream Warrior closer together with five of the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street films as well as episodes from the iconic 1988 series Freddy's Nightmares. The marathon will begin with the episode Black Tickets on Saturday, February 13th at 6Am Et/Pt and will conclude with A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child on Monday, February 15th at 2Am Et/Pt.
The entire weekend will be hosted by the star of the franchise - Robert Englund. Englund's portrayal of Freddy Krueger blasted him into the pop culture vernacular as heir apparent to the horror icons of the past, destined to stand alongside Lon Chaney's Phantom of the Opera and Boris Karloff's monster in Frankenstein.
After five years of success in regional theater Robert Englund. »
4 items from 2016