Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees have a rematch in the second episode of new animated YouTube series The Freddy Funko Show.
This being a relatively family-friendly affair, however, the stars of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th don’t settle their differences with violence, but with some seasonal pumpkin-carving. Along the way, you get a few winks to the settings of both franchises, plus Krueger gets to reference his famous “Welcome to prime time” line from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
Speaking of prime time, this isn’t the only comedy show that the dream demon has appeared in this month, with Robert Englund also reprising his most famous role for an episode of The Goldbergs. Though the actor initially turned down the offer, a letter from the sitcom’s creator prompted him reconsider Freddy’s legacy, concluding that the character no longer belonged to him but to the culture at large:
“Freddy’s been absorbed by popular culture. There’s Hello Kitty decals now. He’s been on The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, Rick and Morty. He’s in comic books. He’s everywhere with action figures and dolls and stuff, late-night talk show punch lines. It’s like Frankenstein now: he’s just a by-word, a logo for the memory of an experience. So I was able to kind of make peace.”
The above video only provides further evidence that Freddy has become a cultural icon, and much the same could be said about his old foe Jason. And while it’s been quite a few years now since either of these killers have been seen on the big screen, the current success of Halloween must be making a few producers curious about what could be done with these two slasher properties.
As a matter of fact, a report came out just last week that LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment company are in talks with Vertigo Entertainment to produce a Friday the 13th reboot. And while we haven’t heard any equivalent news lately for A Nightmare on Elm Street, at least Englund and his co-star Heather Langenkamp have each said that they’d be open to doing another movie.