Back in the late 80s, the glorious, glorious late 80s, there was a show called FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET THE SERIES. It aired late on Saturday nights in my part of the world, and I would always make it a point to stay up and watch it. I loved it, though it was uneven. Sometimes the storyline of the week featured Freddy; those were my favorites. But more often, Freddy would serve just as the narrator, playing Rod Serling to a segmented episode that otherwise didn’t have anything to do with him. Some of those episodes were terrific. Some not so much.
I love the new series TRUE TERROR WITH ROBERT ENGLUND currently airing on the Travel Channel. Its vignettes are all culled from newspaper reports from the last century and Englund appears as himself and not as Freddy, but the show reminds me so much of FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES with Englund serving as emcee. His raspy, conversational recitations serve as televised comfort food for me during these uncertain times. Inside I’m a little kid, plopping down on the floor in front of the television to let Uncle Bob tell me stories for an hour. The stories themselves have thus far all been entertaining enough, but it’s Englund who brings this boy to the yard. It could only be better if he wore his fedora and Christmas sweater.