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Why Nightmare on Elm Street’s TV Show Failed, According to Robert Englund

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A Nightmare on Elm Street star Robert Englund explains why the short-lived TV spinoff, Freddy's Nightmares, failed.

Because A Nightmare on Elm Street was flourishing in the '80s, with five movies coming out that decade, New Line Cinema decided to give Freddy his own TV series, much like Paramount had done with Friday the 13th.

Freddy's Nightmares started in 1988 and lasted for two seasons (44 episodes) before it got canceled in 1990. The first episode of Freddy's Nightmares was a prequel to Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street, directed by Texas Chain Saw Massacre director Tobe Hooper.

Robert Englund's Freddy Krueger would appear in each subsequent episode as a host, similar to the Crpytkeeper in Tales From the Crypt, but the majority of the show followed an anthology format that didn't connect to the Springwood Slasher.

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