Horror film fans the world over rejoiced with this weekend’s breaking news that iconic actor Robert Englund has been cast in a major recurring role in the upcoming fourth season of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things.
Englund starred in the venerable 1980s-90s horror film franchise A Nightmare on Elm Street as the finger-knife wielding killer Freddy Krueger who had the power to kill you in your dreams. The Wes Craven created horror film proved so popular on its initial outing back in ’84 that seven sequels and a remake quickly followed along with a litany of commercial tie-in products such as comic books, video games, and a television show. To say that Robert Englund – already a respected character actor by the time he donned Krueger’s ratty sweater and beat up fedora – was everywhere in the pop culture of America during that delightfully frightful time would be a severe understatement. The landing of Englund’s services for the already super-popular 1980s set Stranger Things production can only be counted as a coup for a television show that specializes in utilizing many of the popular actors and tropes of that time. Other actors who can lay claim to their salad days being in and of the 1980s that have gone on to be featured to great effect in the show include dynamos Sean Astin, Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine, Paul Reiser and- as a de facto stand-in for his own iconic father Gary Busey who was everywhere in the 70s-90s – Jake Busey.
Robert Englund will play the part of Victor Creel in Stranger Things, a character described in press releases as being a somewhat disturbed man prone to intimidating others. Oh, and by the way, he’s been in a psychiatric hospital since the 1950s for perpetrating a bloody murder.
Six other new additions to the Stranger Things cast were also announced by our brethren over at Variety. They include: Jamie Campbell Bower (Twilight), Joseph Quinn (Kin), Eduardo Franco (The Package), Tom Wlaschiha (Berlin Falling), Sherman Augustus (The Mexican), Nikola Djuricko (Frozen Stiff) and Mason Dye (Truth or Dare).
After a shutdown earlier in 2020 due to COVID, Stranger Things resumed production last month on their fourth season which promises to take our heroic teen protagonists far beyond Hawkins, Indiana to such far flung locales as Russia and Chicago. An official release date has not yet been announced.