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1980s Horror Documentary In Search Of Darkness to Celebrate its World Premiere on October 6th at Beyond Fest

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It was a time when horror reigned supreme, when slasher icons stabbed their way through cinemas, when practical effects oozed from the pores of mind-bending creations that had to be seen on the big screen to be believed. It was the ’80s, and this magical era of horror is dissected with more than 40 top-level interviews in the new film In Search of Darkness: The Definitive ’80s Horror Documentary.

Featuring Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures author and Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson as one of the documentary's interviewees and producers, In Search of Darkness will make its world premiere at Beyond Fest this Halloween season.

In Search of Darkness will screen at Los Angeles' Egyptian Theater on Sunday, October 6th at 6:00pm. We have the official festival trailer and press release with more details below, and to learn more about the world premiere screening,
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Nightmare on Elm Street Fan Theory Attempts to Explain Freddy's Dream Powers

Well, this is interesting. Looks like someone on Reddit "just" posted a new theory surrounding how Robert Englund's Freddy Kruger achieved his dream powers in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street series. While I've seen more than a few people mention that this is a "new" theory regarding Freddy and his dream powers, to be thorough here, the Reddit post where this comes from is two years old. That said, it just recently resurfaced and has become a thing in the horror community so let's get into it here.

The theory states that this.

"In the original Noes Freddy is not quite as powerful as he would seem to be in later films, this is probably meta, due to the budget and special effects limitations of the time, yet we may have a better answer.

A deleted scene from A Nightmare on Elm Street states that Nancy
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John Carl Buechler Has Passed Away

Whether he was working as an actor, director, or makeup effects artist, John Carl Buechler brought a unique talent to every project he worked on over the decades, and it is with great sadness that we share the news that he has passed away at the age of 66.

Buechler passed away after a battle with Stage IV prostate cancer, as confirmed by the GoFundMe page that has been set up to raise much-needed funds for his medical costs.

When you talk about influential makeup effects artists from the last four decades, Buechler's name deserves to be mentioned at the top of the list. A practical effects guru, Buechler helped bring monsters and nightmares to life on screen in the heyday of practical effects, working on films such as Trancers, Halloween 4, TerrorVision, the first three Ghoulies films, and so many more projects that dazzled generations of horror fans.

If you grew
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John Carl Buechler, Horror Effects Legend and Director, Dies at 66

John Carl Buechler, Horror Effects Legend and Director, Dies at 66
As you might imagine when it comes to being a horror movie fan, on top of loving and having an encyclopedia-level knowledge of directors and actors and scream queens, even the casual fan also takes great notice of the people behind the scenes of the make-up effects. One such hero of the gore galore genre is actor, writer, producer, director, special effects artist John Carl Buechler. And today we have the unfortunate news that after being diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer in 2019, Buechler has passed away at the age of 66.

As mentioned-above, Buechler is best known for his work as special effects makeup designer on such creepy classics as Luca Bercovici's Ghoulies, Troll, Crawlspace, TerrorVision, Stuart Gordon's Dolls and From Beyond, Cellar Dweller, and Renny Harlin's Prison. He also contributed effects to Brian Yuzna's Bride of Re-Animator, Adam Simon's Carnosaur, and Adam Green's original Hatchet.
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DJ Jazzy Jeff Uploads Hi-Res Nightmare on My Street Music Video

DJ Jazzy Jeff Uploads Hi-Res Nightmare on My Street Music Video
Back in 1988, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released the single "A Nightmare on My Street." From the studio album He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper, the song is based on A Nightmare on Elm Street and was considered by producers to be used in the fourth movie. However, the folks at New Line weren't impressed with the single, filing a lawsuit against the label for copyright infringement. This not only meant the song wouldn't be included in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, but also that its official music video needed to be destroyed. Presumed to be gone, the music video would be unseen for three decades before a YouTuber recently uploaded a complete version of it, although it was of a very low quality.

Perhaps pleased with the positive response online to the video, DJ Jazzy Jeff has now uploaded the remastered version of "A
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Watch the Fresh Prince's Long-Lost A Nightmare on My Street Music Video

Watch the Fresh Prince's Long-Lost A Nightmare on My Street Music Video
30 years later, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's A Nightmare on My Street music video has finally been released. The quality is a little dodgy, but for old school hip hop and horror fans, this is a huge deal, no matter what the quality is. Earlier this week, we received images from the set as well as some storyboard art from the canceled music video based on A Nightmare On Elm Street, and even that was enough to lead to hope that the video might see the light of day.

As a special Halloween gift, we now have the "A Nightmare on My Street" music video in all of its nearly 7-minute glory. The song is from DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's iconic album He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper and was the third single from the record. At one time, the Freddy Krueger referencing song was
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First Look Ever at the Fresh Prince's Banned A Nightmare on My Street 1988 Music Video

Beyond the massive success of the Nightmare On Elm Street film franchise, the pop culture phenomenon of Freddy Krueger was also making chart-topping hits for bands like Dokken and rappers The Fat Boys. Back in 1988 everyone wanted a piece of Freddy mania, including Will Smith and his DJ, Jazzy Jeff. While there are tons of behind the scenes stories revolving around the time Elm Street licensing rights became available, DJ Jazzy Jeff's and the Fresh Prince's "A Nightmare on My Street" has always been shrouded in some mystery, until today.

We now have our first look ever at the now infamous canceled music video for the Fresh Prince's "A Nightmare on My Street," thanks to director/production designer, Greg W. Harrison. The song had DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince battling iconic slasher Freddy Krueger. Though the rap track appeared on their huge hit album 'He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper',
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Happy Birthday The Dream Master! Let’s Talk Englund’s Multiple Freddy Pitch

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite entries in the Nightmare on Elm Street series (if not my number one favorite) is Renny Harlan’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master starring Lisa Wilcox, Tuesday Knight, Brooke Theiss, Rodney Eastman, and Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. The killer fourth entry, which […]

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Class of 88: Revisiting All 22 Episodes of Freddy’S Nightmares Season 1

In October 1988, 10-year-old Heather’s dreams came true with the debut of Freddy’s Nightmares, the (mostly) anthological television series centered on the town of Springwood and its most infamous resident, Freddy Krueger. While I don’t think it’s unfair to say the show has some rough edges to it, Freddy’s Nightmares still remains a historic moment for the horror genre, as it was the first time a horror icon transcended two popular mediums simultaneously. Just a few months before the debut of Freddy’s Nightmares, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master had just dominated cinemas during its theatrical run, which meant “Freddy Mania” was at a fever pitch within the world of pop culture, and fans couldn’t get enough of the wise-cracking, fedora-wearing dream stalker. And I was right there in the middle of it all, having the time of my young horror-loving life.
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Class of 88: Child’S Play: A Killer Doll Movie with Real Humanity

While most of the big horror franchises of the decade were getting the sequel treatment in 1988—a year that saw the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers, Phantasm II, Poltergeist III, The Howling IV and even Critters 2: The Main Course—one of the biggest and most lasting franchises of the next three decades was just getting its start. Yes, the 1988 release of Tom Holland’s Child’s Play kicked off 30 years of murderous antics from Charles Lee Ray, the serial killer who had his soul transferred into a Good Guys doll named Chucky. Seven movies, one recently announced remake, and another recently announced TV series later, the Child’s Play series is as strong as ever, even outlasting many of its ’80s franchise contemporaries.
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Crystal Lake Countdown: Looking Back on ‘Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan’

There came a point when seemingly every major slasher franchise gave up on any pretense of seriousness and simply tried to cash in on insane premises rather than insane kills. It was usually the 4th films that did it. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) tipped the perfectly balanced scales of Dream Warriors (1987) and introduced us to a caricatursihly over-the-top Freddy Krueger. Bride of Chucky (1998) replaced straight-laced childhood terror with a brilliant riff on the iconic Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Usually, it was setting the action in space that did it, as was the

Crystal Lake Countdown: Looking Back on ‘Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
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Class of 88: Listen to Lisa Wilcox Discuss A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast

On a new episode of Corpse Club, Heather Wixson continues Daily Dead's "Class of 88" retrospective series with a very special guest from A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise!

As Alice, she faced Freddy Krueger multiple times in the ’80s and lived to tell the tale. Several decades later, Lisa Wilcox still maintains a strong presence on screen, and with A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master celebrating its 30th anniversary this August, the talented actress joined Corpse Club co-host Heather Wixson to discuss her cinematic career on a very special installment of Daily Dead's podcast. In this in-depth episode, Wilcox discusses how she got into acting, her beloved portrayal of Alice in The Dream Master and The Dream Child, her guest-starring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation, upcoming projects, and much more! So, brush up on your martial arts, grab a slice of Freddy's soul pizza, and
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A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Started Filming Before It Had A Director

A Nightmare on Elm Street may have started off as the vision of renowned filmmaker Wes Craven, but by the time the series had progressed to A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, New Line Cinema had very much taken the reins, to the point that the studio didn’t even need a director to start production.

When the Midnight’s Edge podcast spoke to Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives helmsman Tom McLoughlin recently, the director recalled how he was in talks to work on the 1988 Freddy Krueger flick, but turned the project down after realizing that he wouldn’t be given the creative control that he wanted.

“When I finished Friday, I was offered Nightmare 4 and went to New Line, met with them, and I said, ‘I love Freddy, I would love to do one of these, but I really want to do what I just did,
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Class of 88: Ghoulies II and the Explosion of Small Creature Features

In the early ’80s, small creatures called Mogwais forever changed the horror comedy landscape. The year was 1984 and Joe Dante’s Gremlins (written by Chris Columbus) became a smash hit for Warner Bros., bringing in over $153 million in North America alone and securing its spot as the number four highest grossing film of the year. The movie was a genre bender, opting for black comedy that lightly dipped its toes into horror waters (despite the warning to Not Get Them Wet!). These little guys were cute and cuddly (until you fed them after midnight), and were so immensely popular, they launched ginormous merchandising and marketing campaigns and spawned a cluster of knock-off movies all centered around small, weird, cutesy-gross little creatures. Ghoulies II was one of those movies.

Mostly unconnected to the original film, Ghoulies II follows the pesky little toilet monsters as they wreak havoc in an amusement park funhouse called Satan’s Den.
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Best 4th Movies in Franchises Ranked, From ‘Jaws IV’ to ‘Mad Max Fury Road’ (Photos)

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Best 4th Movies in Franchises Ranked, From ‘Jaws IV’ to ‘Mad Max Fury Road’ (Photos)
Not many film franchises get the distinction of hitting number four. It’s even more impressive when they’re actually good. This 4th of July, we’re counting down from worst to best some of the most notable “number four” in their respective franchises.

“Jaws IV: The Revenge”

“I have never seen it (Jaws 4) but by all accounts it is terrible,” star Michael Caine said about the movie. “However, I have seen the house that it built and it is terrific.”

X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009)

Thank the heavens that “Logan” and “Deadpool” happened.

Batman & Robin” (1997)

Isn’t this an ice list?

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” (1972)

Fans of the “Planet of the Apes” prequels might be interested to see Caesar’s original origins, although the new films do the character more justice.

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol” (1987)

Did you know the Razzies had a “Worst Original Song” category?
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9 Freddy Krueger Songs and the Stories Behind Them

9 Freddy Krueger Songs and the Stories Behind Them
The A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise gave us one of the greatest cinematic slashers of all time. Its score is on par with the music and sound design in Halloween and the Friday the 13th series. But while Jason Vorhees was memorialized in Alice Cooper's "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" from Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives and The Ramones famously sang about Pet Cemetery, no horror icon has been better immortalized in popular song than the Springwood Slasher himself, Frederick Charles "Freddy" Krueger.

Here we present 9 of the best Freddy Krueger themed songs to brighten your nightmares in hues of red and green. That screeching sound you hear? It's either Freddy dragging his finger knives across some metal in his spooky boiler room, or it's some neighborhood alley cats reacting to the high notes in Dream Warriors

In chronological order: one, two, here's some Freddy Krueger songs for you.
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Mondo to Release Remaining Texas Frightmare Weekend 2018 Screen Prints & Enamel Pins

Missed Mondo at Texas Frightmare Weekend? No worries, there’s still plenty of collectible items like the Phantasm T-shirt, Mike Saputo's A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master screen print, and spooky enamel pins to go around online today (beginning at 12:00pm Ct).

"Texas Frightmare Weekend is a show we look forward to every year, and this year was no different. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by the booth to chat or pick something up. For anyone who couldn't make it out to the convention, we've got you covered! Tomorrow we will have all remaining posters and pins from Frightmare 2018. Additionally we'll have a stellar Phantasm t-shirt that made its debut at Fantastic Fest 2018.

These products will be available Thursday (5/17) at Noon (Ct) via mondotees.com.

Nightbreed by Sara Deck. 24"x36" screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 175. Printed by Dl Screenprinting. $45

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Vertical) by Robert Sammelin.
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Killer Crowdfunding: Rubberhead Volume II: Sex, Drugs, And Special FX and Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film

As someone who has had the pleasure of spending a good amount of time speaking with many different members of the special effects makeup industry over the last few years, I always get excited whenever new projects from the community are announced. Currently, there are two different crowdfunding efforts underway, and believe me, special effects fans are going to want to get involved with both.

First up is Steve Johnson’s follow-up book Rubberhead Volume II: Sex, Drugs, and Special FX, which promises more mind-blowing content and wildly unforgettable tales from his glory days on the sets of films like Ghostbusters, Blade II, The Abyss, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, and many more. As someone who has had the pleasure of speaking with Johnson a few times—and I also recently checked out the first volume of Rubberhead, which was an absolute thrill to finally read
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Here’s Everything That’s Coming to and Leaving Hulu in May

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Here’s Everything That’s Coming to and Leaving Hulu in May
Next month, enjoy plenty of sports-related flicks with the addition of the Oscar-nominated “I, Tonya,” on May 31 and all the “Rocky” movies on May 1.

Other highlights include the Hulu original series “All Night,” out May 11, which chronicles teens trying to make their high school dreams come true during an all-night grad party, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s 2017 remake of “Baywatch,” available May 12.

Catch Season 4 of FX’s “The Strain” on May 16 and the complete first season of TNT’s “Claws” on May 11.

Also Read: Kyle Chandler Replaces George Clooney as Lead in Hulu's 'Catch-22'

See everything that’s coming and leaving below:

Available May 1

3 Ways to Get a Husband (2010)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

A Very Brady Sequel (1996)

The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

Baby Boom (1987)

Back to School (1986)

Barefoot (2014)

201 (2017)

The Box (2009)

Booty Call (1997)

Breakable You (2018)

Bride and Prejudice (2004)

Bull Durham (1988)

The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

The Crow (1994)

The Crow II: City of Angels (1996)

The Crow III: Salvation (2000)

The Crow IV: Wicked Prayer (2005)

Demolition Man (1993)

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Eight Men Out (1988)

Elizabethtown (2005)

Emperor (2012)

Executive Decision (1996)

Foxfire (1996)

Gator (1976)

Godzilla (1998)

The Hangman (2017)

Also Read: Hulu, Spotify Launch $13 Bundled Subscriptions

Here to be Heard: The Story of the Slits (2017)

Hot Boyz (2000)

The House I Live In (2012)

Immigration Tango (2010)

Iron Eagle IV: On the Attack (1995)

Kalifornia (1993)

Lost in Vagueness (2017)

Love is a Gun (1994)

Malena (2000)

Man of the House (2005)

Manhunter (1986)

Mansfield Park (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Men in Black II (2002)

Men with Brooms (2002)

Never Back Down (2008)

New Guy (2002)

New Rose Hotel (1998)

Ninja Masters (2009)

No Greater Love (2015)

The Pallbearer (1996)

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

Pret-a-Porter (1994)

Priest (2011)

Race for your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)

Rocky (1976)

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky III (1982)

Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky V (1990)

School Ties (1992)

Set Up (2011)

She’s All That (1999)

Starting out the Evening (2007)

Strategic Air Command (1955)

The Swan Princess Christmas (2012)

Also Read: Hugh Laurie Joins Hulu 'Catch-22' Adaptation With George Clooney

The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure (1998)

Thief (1981)

To Rome with Love (2012)

Traffic (2000)

Untamed Heart (1993)

Valkyrie (2008)

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Available May 5

Drunk History: Complete Season 5A (Comedy Central)

Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin: Complete Season 1 (Sunrise)

The Longest Week (2014)

Warrior (2011)

Available May 6

I’m Dying Up Here: Season 2 Premiere (*Showtime)

Available May 7

Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Complete Season 3 (Disney Xd)

Available May 8

Running Wild with Bear Grylls: Season 4 Premiere (NBC)

Available May 9

T@gged: Complete Season 2 (AwesomenessTV)

Available May 11

All Night: Complete Season 1 (Hulu Original)

Claws: Complete Season 1 (TNT)

Bleeding Heart (2015)

Into the Fade (2018)

Available May 12

Patrick Melrose: Series Premiere (*Showtime)

Baywatch (2017)

Frank Serpico (2017)

Jane (2017)

Still Mine (2012)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Available May 13

Tonight She Comes (2016)

Available May 15

Animals (2015)

How to be a Latin Lover (2017)

It’s A Disaster (2012)

Periods. (2012)

Soul of a Banquet (2014)

Take Every Wave (2017)

The Other F Word (2011)

The Snapper (1993)

The Strange Ones (2018)

Available May 16

12 Monkeys: Complete Season 3 (Syfy)

The Strain: Complete Season 4 (FX)

Knights of the Damned (2018)

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

Available May 19

Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

Shooters (2002)

Available May 21

American Folk (2017)

Neat (2017)

Available May 23

Half Magic (2018)

Available May 24

Curvature (2017)

Available May 25

Hollywood Game Night: Red Nose Dat Special (NBC)

Mad to be Normal (2017)

Available May 27

The Wedding Plan (2016)

Available May 30

America’s Got Talent: Season 13 Premiere (NBC)

World of Dance: Season 2 Premiere (NBC)

Available May 31

American Ninja Warrior: Season 10 Premiere (NBC)

I, Tonya (2017)

Please Stand By (2018)

Rain Man (1988)

And here’s everything that’s leaving:

May 31

1984 (1985)

The Accused (1988)

A Feast at Midnight (1997)

Antitrust (2001)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Boulevard (2015)

Branded (2012)

Breakdown (1997)

Captivity (2007)

Chaplin (1992)

Diablo (2016)

The Doors (1991)

Earth Girls are Easy (1988)

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Finder’s Fee (2003)

Fluke (1995)

Forces of Nature (1999)

Fred: The Movie (2010)

Fred: Night of the Living Fred (2011)

Fred 3: Camp Fred (2012)

The Glass Shield (1994)

Glitter (2001)

Gordy (1995)

Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

Harriot the Spy (1996)

Hart’s War (2002)

He Named Me Malala (2015)

Hesher (2010)

High School (2010)

Honey (2003)

Honey 2 (2011)

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

Jennifer 8 (1992)

John Q (2002)

Kingpin (1996)

Love Crimes (1992)

Show of Force (1990)

Manhattan (1979)

Manny (2015)

The Million Dollar Hotel (2001)

National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie (2011)

National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze 2: College @ Sea (2006)

No Stranger Than Love (2016)

Outlaws and Angels (2016)

The Pick-up Artist (1987)

Regarding Henry (1991)

The Secret of N.I.M.H. (1982)

Southie (1998)

Sprung (1997)

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

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Kotobukiya’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Freddy Kreuger Artfx statue revealed

Sideshow has revealed Kotobukiya’s Freddy Krueger Artfx statue which is based on the appearence of Robert Englund’s iconic villain in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. The collectible is available to pre-order now, priced at $129.99. and is expected to ship between September and November this year; take a look at the promotional images here…

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The classic villain from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, Freddy Krueger is joining Kotobukiya’s Artfx lineup! Expertly sculpted by Naoya Muto and painted by Franken, this Sixth scale Artfx statue is modeled after Freddy’s appearance from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.

The subtle details in Freddy’s wicked smile and posture portray his twisted character. His signature fedora is removable, and the angle of his hands can be adjusted, allowing you to create a variety of poses.
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