Horror fans watching The Goldbergs this Halloween season are in for quite a surprise. The series' official Twitter account has revealed that seasoned horror veteran Robert Englund will be reprising his iconic role as the dream demon, Freddy Krueger.
@TheGoldbergsABC @RobertBEnglund Welcome to primetime... https://t.co/jE9tPMpYvt— Zomboy Productionz🧟♂️ (@Zomboy Productionz🧟♂️)1537563823.0
Cue the excited screams from the horror community.
The 71-year-old actor last portrayed the wise-cracking villain in 2003's Freddy vs. Jason.
@RobertBEnglund @TheGoldbergsABC There’s only one man who can be Freddy Krueger! I was fortunate enough to have you… https://t.co/5lrWEIBKcz— Kruegerfan1428 (@Kruegerfan1428)1537667385.0
@RobertBEnglund @TheGoldbergsABC https://t.co/YQ7R7HOohb— Mattie Rae Martin (@Mattie Rae Martin)1537655075.0
@TheGoldbergsABC @RobertBEnglund If this doesnt make Hollywood realize that NO ONE can portray Freddy Krueger bette… https://t.co/TSsZEARDNN— ЩILLIДM (@ЩILLIДM)1537624423.0
The news is so exciting that it may even bring new viewers to The Goldbergs.
I am not a fan of this kind of TV. But the fact of seeing @RobertBEnglund in the make up again has got hyped https://t.co/NQYdZTq6YK— 🎃The pumpkin slasher🎃 (@🎃The pumpkin slasher🎃)1537678545.0
@TheGoldbergsABC @privateutopias @RobertBEnglund Never heard of this show before. *Excitedly checking UK channel gu… https://t.co/VEUWBgEHFw— Fleapits (@Fleapits)1537599521.0
@TheGoldbergsABC @kyleo71 @RobertBEnglund I don't watch the show but I love Robert Englund and his creepy Freddy. This one I'll watch.— cat (@cat)1537584276.0
The reveal came in the form of a brief video with Englund and The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey, who portrays Beverly Goldberg.
#TheGoldbergs Halloween episode this year is going to be a NIGHTMARE! @RobertBEnglund will guest star as the one an… https://t.co/6LXPTBQpFf— The Goldbergs (@The Goldbergs)1537554855.0
Series writer Aaron Kaczander followed the video up with a recreation of a classic promotional image from the original film's release.
https://t.co/Otz0cEgw6m— Aaron Kaczander (@Aaron Kaczander)1537654854.0
@aaronkaczander @wendimclendonco @RobertBEnglund @TheGoldbergsABC Nice throwback! https://t.co/434hpIMkBy— 📚🎶Nikki🌊 🎨 (@📚🎶Nikki🌊 🎨)1537723370.0
Is this supposed to be terrifying or romantic? Either way, I'm excited! https://t.co/geTpxLvOPU— Wendi McLendon-Covey (@Wendi McLendon-Covey)1537662043.0
This news comes after fans have long since come to terms with the fact that they'd never see an Englund's Freddy Krueger again. Englund will return for A Nightmare on Elk Avenue, this season's Halloween episode.
There's no confirmed air date, but the episode is said to revolve around Adam, portrayed by Sean Giambrone, and his reaction to the film.
Fuck! @RobertBEnglund is such a LEGEND of horror!!! He is so iconic - even in THIS clip! They need to reboot A Nig… https://t.co/QAFEBs5F5j— Perez (@Perez)1537583908.0
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly from August 2017, Englund confirmed he would never don the striped sweater again. According to the actor, portraying Freddy is too physically demanding. "If I do a fight scene now it's got to be real minimal because I can't snap my head for eight different takes and different angles," the actor said. "My spine gets sore."
The Goldbergs takes place during the 1980s and the first A Nightmare on Elm Street released on November 9, 1984.
Younger fans of Englund's character will get a glimpse into the audience reaction to what has become a campy horror hit.
@TheGoldbergsABC @RobertBEnglund Gah, Robert Englund still looks good as Freddy, and by good, I mean still creepy.… https://t.co/wFRWGYsGFz— Lady Kyra (@Lady Kyra)1537711522.0
Omg!!!! Freddy is such a major part of my childhood and I absolutely love The Goldbergs!!! This is so darn cool!!!… https://t.co/6pjvJT6tEL— Rachel Williams (@Rachel Williams)1537676146.0