LAist Interview: Horror Legend Robert Englund aka 'Freddy Krueger'
Robert Englund has been involved in film and television for 35 years, other than his most famous creation, Freddy Krueger, he's been in television staples such as "Soap", "CHiPs", and "V" as well as movies like The Phantom of the Opera, Strangeland, and 2001 Maniacs. He's also been a director and is now an author with the release of his autobiography Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street With the Man of Your Dreams, which tells the stories of his life in the business so far with anecdotes about everyone from Burt Reynolds to Johnny Depp. We talked with Englund about his book as well as his new web series, "Fear Clinic", which is available on FEARnet - with five new episodes this week, including one featuring teen heartthrob Lucas Till. Englund plays the notorious Dr. Andover who specializes in treating phobias with cures that might be worse than the ailment.We spoke with Robert Englund in New York via phone on October 29th.
LAist: Can I wish you a Happy Halloween?
Robert Englund: This is my favorite time of year Tom, you know that, trick or treat buddy!
LAist: The 13 year old Fangoria reader in me is very excited to be talking with you!
Robert Englund: Ah, well I talk in my book about the 14 year old that Wes Craven has kept alive inside himself and the 14 year old Mark Hamill that wrote letters to the editor of Famous Monsters magazine, so I understand. Fangoria has been very good to me and I plan to take all the covers that I've been on and put them in a plexiglass frame.
LAist: Tell us about "Fear Clinic"'s Dr. Andover.
Robert Englund: This began with a wonderful feature film script called "Fear Chamber" that came across my desk and something about it really struck me. I loved the idea that we could do with the phobias what we did with the dreams in Nightmare on Elm Street but it was still a very distinctly different project and not at all derivative. I expressed interest with the Andover character who is this obsessive semi-genius psychologist who has a controversial technique for treating debilitating phobia disorders. He's obviously made some mistake or harmed someone in the United States and lost his medical license so he's moved his clinic south of the border but he's very much in demand because his technique actuallys works, he's a doctor of last resort for people with really bad disorders. His clinic is this seedy Girl Interrupted meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with a little Altered States thrown in.
One of my patients, played by Danielle Harris of Halloween movies fame, I can't seem to cure, and I'm obsessed about that and have thrown her in a cell in the clinic but she's stolen a Blackberry and is broadcasting updates from the clinic to the web.