Did anyone really think Robert Englund would wear that striped sweater and ghoulish clawed glove ever again?
The last time anyone was attacked by Englund’s Freddy Krueger was when he went up against fellow slasher Jason Voorhees in 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason. While other actors jumped into people’s nightmares in later Krueger films, the one true Freddy had seemingly hung up his hat.
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Yes, that really is Englund in the (burned, mangled) flesh coming to terrorize TV’s funniest ‘80s throwback family in the Halloween episode of The Goldbergs, "Nightmare on Elk Avenue." It does seem that Mrs. Goldberg is more charmed than scared when she coyly suggests that she has a Rolodex full of would-be suitors for Freddy, and acts like she’s on a first-name basis with him. Just remember: It’s Mr. Krueger to you.
"Nightmare on Elk Avenue" goes inside the head of Adam Goldberg after he sees A Nightmare on Elm Street and gets totally freaked out, as one does. Whether he gets insomnia for the rest of his life remains to be seen.
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect horror icon than old-school Freddy Krueger to break into the Goldberg house. Whoever thought they would never sleep again when Englund originally terrorized the screen in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies is probably screaming in ecstasy right now. No one knows whether he’s actually going to break in or whether the apparently smitten Mrs. Goldberg will just open the door for him to step into her dreams, but homicidal tendencies aside, it’s really Freddy Krueger!
Freddy isn’t the only long-(un)dead character who has risen from the grave to pay a visit to the Goldberg house. The Schwartz was with Rick Moranis when he brought Dark Helmet from Spaceballs back to Earth after the show’s pop culture geek Alex dreams of an epic lightsaber face-off. Too bad Moranis didn’t actually appear under that ridiculously huge helmet, but at least he voiced Darth.
So is Mrs. Goldberg going to be a willing Nancy? You’ll have to wait until Halloween to find out, though she does look kind of like Nancy's mom with a tad more hairspray. At least we know they get their nails done at the same place.
The Goldbergs' "Nightmare on Elk Avenue" episode debuts Oct. 31 on TV Land. Will you be watching?