The Goldbergs is preparing for its Halloween episode, and they have booked a particularly frightening guest star. Taking to Twitter to promote the special installment of the series, the show has shared a video clip featuring two of the episode’s stars. In it, actress Wendi McLendon-Covey can be seen seemingly in-character as Goldberg matriarch Wendy, as she introduces viewers to the series’ frightening special guest: Freddy Krueger! You can watch the clip for yourself below:
That’s right! Robert Englund is in full makeup as the infamous horror movie character! Making it all the more-headline worthy is that back in 2017, the actor expressed hesitance about reprising the role for a movie. Another thing worthy of note is how stellar the special effects makeup is. CGI still does not create such a realistic result. It may not be a return to the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, but it is still very exciting for fans of the horror franchise.
It has been almost 15 years since Robert Englund portrayed Freddy Krueger in a movie. That happened in 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason. In 2010, the original film was remade with Rooney Mara in the lead, although Jackie Earle Haley took on the role of Krueger. With The Goldbergs‘ Adam love of pop culture, you can bet he will be involved with the appearance of Freddy Krueger.
The Goldbergs is set in the ‘1980s, which puts it around the time the first A Nightmare on Elm Street was released (which was 1984). Could the evil Krueger be haunting Adam’s nightmares? Well, it seems a possibility. The promo is a significant reveal, and it looks like The Goldbergs will not be holding back on Robert Englund bringing Freddy Krueger back to life.
For The Goldbergs to land Robert Englund reprising his infamous role is a pretty big deal. Given that the show is a comedy, it would be highly unlikely that the show’s take on Freddy Krueger will be as terrifying as the horror franchise’s. Could donning the makeup spark renewed interest in a potential remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street with Englund reprising the role of Krueger? It has been eight years since the 2010 remake, which means a million in Hollywood years.
If it does, fans could potentially have The Goldbergs to thank for it. Interest in reviving the franchise would surge even more if the fan favorite were back in the role. While 15 years is an extensive time to be away from a role, based on the clip Robert Englund is able to pick up exactly where he left off.
The Goldbergs will return for its sixth season premiere on Wednesday, September 26 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The Halloween episode featuring Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger should air sometime in October. The Goldbergs will not be the only series making its return this fall, including on the Alphabet Network.