Robert Englund (‘Red’,’Zombie Strippers’) keeps telling us all that he is done dressing up as Freddy Kruger though he’s just done it again for an upcoming documentary titled ‘Nightmares in the Makeup Chair.’ In our nightmares, this is for real the last time he’ll ever be dressing the part of our character though one can hope another solid excuse comes in for him to be willing to look burned alive while wearing the claws and fedora again.
The documentary itself is being directed by Mike Kerz and has Englund telling about his years as Kruger, paying tribute to Wes Craven, and so much more.
The reason Englund decided to get into the Freddy makeup one last time was simple:
“Nightmares in the Makeup Chair is my love letter to the Nightmare on Elm Street series and to practical makeup. I’ve always been in awe of the multi-talented makeup effects artists. From sketching to sculpting, they realize the design. Then to the fine precision of the molding and the manufacturing of the makeup appliances which are nearly paper thin. And then, the application process where I sit in the makeup chair and I become their living canvas as they glue me in and paint the appliances. This documentary not only captures their talent, but I think it might inspire a new generation of practical effects artists. I was happy to become Freddy once again to share the makeup process with the fans.”
Sadly, I do believe that this will be the last time that Robert Kurtzman turns him into the serial killer that many of us have grown up watching.
You can check out a trailer for ‘Nightmares in the Makeup Chair’ below!
On top of Englund’s comments, Kurtzman also chimed in stating:
“Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger is one of the greatest horror characters of all time, and it was exciting for me to create my own version of Freddy. I always look forward to working with Robert Englund. He’s a captivating storyteller who tells these entertaining stories in the makeup room. And during this film he tells these great stories about the Nightmare films and playing Freddy while I’m applying the Krueger makeup.”
As applying the makeup isn’t a quick process, there is plenty of time for storytelling while it gets put on. I suspect we’ll be seeing a few stories being told while he is being prepped in the chair.
Director Kerz also says:
“I was inspired by the vintage photos of the legendary artist Jack Pierce applying the Frankenstein makeup to Boris Karloff. Sadly, those sessions were never documented on film. That is why we created our documentary — fans will see two modern horror legends at work. Robert Englund is fascinating as he shares insightful stories about the Elm Street films and Freddy with the audience. And it is amazing to watch Robert Kurtzman apply the various stages of makeup to transform Robert Englund into Freddy Krueger.”
With Syfy showing that ‘FaceOff’ is a successful series, there is clearly a fan base that enjoys watching how these creatures are brought to life for movies and television. This is one documentary I am eagerly waiting to see released in order to check out!
What are your thoughts on ‘Nightmare in the Makeup Chair’? Are you glad to see Englund as Freddy one last time even if it isn’t for another movie? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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