TV sitcom The Goldbergs proved to be the unlikely cause for a lot excitement from slasher movie fans when it was revealed last month that the new Halloween episode would see A Nightmare on Elm Street star Robert Englund reprise his most famous role for the first time since 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason.
And while some viewers may have been a little disappointed by Freddy Krueger’s limited screen time, it seems that Englund’s recently aired cameo more or less lived up to the hype, with Twitter flooding with messages from fans still high off the nostalgia buzz and gladly reliving their old nightmares.
— Bearded Axe Mind of Horrors (@ChrisCartagena8) October 25, 2018
— Christina Garrett (@lipstixdiva) October 25, 2018
— Jayme K (@brainexploderrr) October 25, 2018
Really cool seeing Robert Englund in the sweater and wearing the glove again on The Goldbergs!
— Ken Park (@KenPark81536571) October 25, 2018
I’m almost 40 and I still have an anxiety attack when I hear “1-2 Freddy’s coming for you…” Robert Englund is a legend. Freddy was the architect of my every nightmare! Huge thank you to #TheGoldbergs for the sleepless night I will be having tonight 😧 #NeverSleepAgain
— Emily (@qtdietls) October 25, 2018
I dont tweet much cause I have no followers but the goldbergs with Robert englund was awesome. Great to see Robert do freddy one last time.
— jessica (@kahlant1975) October 25, 2018
I don't really watch #TheGoldbergs, but I had to when I saw Robert Englund was going to be on as Freddie! He nailed it.
The only thing missing was him calling everybody "bitch," but I'm sure ABC wouldn't allow that 🤣
— Lauren Hebrank (@laurenhebrank) October 25, 2018
Maaann. Freddy was on one little scene. I wanted him to be throughout the WHOLE episode. Well I take what I can get. Great cameo by Robert Englund. #TheGoldbergs
— Nailah-Aisha (@nailah_aisha) October 25, 2018
#TheGoldbergs plus A Nightmare on Elm Street and the great Robert Englund. Could not get any better.
— Steffanie (@sincerely_steff) October 25, 2018
Evidently, show creator Adam F. Goldberg made a lot of people happy when he managed to convince Englund to come back for the part. Nonetheless, even the producer realized that a full movie with the original Freddy would be even better, and so he too took to Twitter push New Line Cinema to make another Elm Street.
Dear @newlinecinema, if the new Halloween movie showed us anything this weekend… it's that the world NEEDS horror movie villains. Robert said he'd never be Freddy again, but had so much fun when we shot he's now open to it. I did my job, now you do yours! #TheGoldbergs https://t.co/MnN1Uthk60
— Adam F. Goldberg (@adamfgoldberg) October 25, 2018
Sure enough, in a recent interview with Access Live, Englund mentioned that he may still have one last film left in him. And while the actor also suggested that the studios would likely be keen to reboot the series with a star who can stick around for the sequels, this is still the most optimistic we’ve heard him sound for a while about the possibility of coming back.
As it stands, the latest Goldbergs episode – titled “Mister Knifey-Hands” – could well be the last time we ever see Englund in the role. And while the fans seem pretty pleased with what they got, it’s clear that another A Nightmare on Elm Street film would really make their October.