Halloween always brings out the worst, and of course that really means the best icons of the horror genre and this year is no exception. As well as the arrival of Halloween kills, Elvira’s 40th Birthday Special on Shudder and many other dark treats, the Horror Hub Marketplace on Twitch will see Doug Bradley, known to many as the face of Hellraiser‘s Pinhead, and Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund, sit down to chat in front of the To Hell with Doug Bradley series. Oh, he has such pleasures to show us.
Currently in its first season, To hell is a recorded casual gathering of Bradley, Steph Sciullo and a who’s who of the horror genre, which includes actors, producers, musicians and other icons of the dark side of movies. Since the chat is live, fans also have a chance to interact with each other and the show by asking questions in the chat and generally discussing the genre and everything they like about it. Bradley will host Robert Englund on Thursday, October 14 from 8 p.m. EST on the Horror Hub Marketplace.
Of course, neither star needs much introduction, with Bradley’s Pinhead and Englund’s Krueger appearing in a whopping 16 films between them, creating two of the genre’s best-known characters. While both films have suffered from declining returns over the years with the final episodes of the Hellraiser series with Bradley – who sensibly ducked from 2011’s Revelations and the 2018 judgment– scrape straight to DVD releases, the last of which was in 2005. Englunds Krueger at least managed to have all of his appearances right up to his last film on the screen of Freddy vs Jason hit theaters and none of his entries probed the depths of the Hellraiser series when it came to continuity and coherence.
As for the future of the franchises, there’s little chance of either actor reprising their respective roles in new movies, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of the monsters they originally brought to life on screen. A new Hellraiser movie has just finished filming and is expected to hit Hulu next year. This time, the High Priest of Pain will take the female form of Jamie Clayton, which will essentially bring the character back to the roots of Clive Barker’s original novella, The Hellbound Heart, who depicted Pinhead as an almost genderless creature with a very fluid character. Plus, a TV series based on the franchise has also been in the works as of last year, so perhaps another hiatus will revive the franchise after a few decades of bland, cheaply made sequels.
When it comes to Freddy Krueger, it’s a bit more ambiguous. Englund himself has commented that he is now too old to do the work required to bring the character back to life, though he came out of Freddy’s retirement to appear on an episode of the TV show. The Goldbergs. Unlike the oft-compared Jason Voorhees of the Friday the 13th movies, which is silent and mostly hidden under his mask and prosthetics, Robert Englund is essentially Freddy Krueger in every way. While there’s always a chance someone will take over the character, and indeed Jackie Earle Haley tried it in the 2010 reboot after nearly 40 years as the face of Freddy, it’s hard to imagine the character being taken over by anyone without it feels like a pastiche. However, there are always talks about new iterations of the Nightmare in Elm Street, and with countless streaming options, chances are we haven’t seen the last of Springfield’s knife-fingered killer.
Watch these two icons in conversation on Horror Hub Marketplace on Twitch starting at 8pm EST on October 14th, next Thursday. Which is coincidental today.
Topics: Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, Twitch