Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of Your Dreams

Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of Your Dreams

by Robert Englund, Alan Goldsher
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Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of Your Dreams by Robert Englund, Alan Goldsher

ONE...TWO...FREDDY'S COMING FOR YOU....

You've seen him in the A Nightmare on Elm Street series — and in your darkest dreams. The sadistic killer with the flame-charred face. The knife-blade claws. The razor-sharp wit. Freddy...But you've never seen him like this. Unflinching. Uncensored. Unmasked.

Meet Robert Englund, the award-winning actor best known for his role as Freddy Krueger — the legendary horror icon featured on the American Film Institute's "100 Greatest Heroes and Villains" roster — a character as unforgettable and enduring as Bela Lugosi's Dracula and Boris Karloff's Frankenstein. Now, for the first time, the man behind the latex mask tells his story in this captivating new memoir, published to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first A Nightmare on Elm Street film.

You see, Robert Englund is no monster at all, but a deeply funny, charming Hollywood veteran. Packed with Robert's hilarious stories, playful self-deprecation, and a generous helping of never-before-revealed A Nightmare on Elm Street trivia, Hollywood Monster offers an unparalleled look at the beloved film icon. With insider savvy and gallows humor, Robert recounts his audition for Wes Craven, the inspiration for Freddy's character, the grueling makeup sessions, his soon-to-be-famous costars, the often disastrous on-set blunders, and the wave of popularity that propelled this humble California surfer kid all the way to the top.

Of course, fame and fortune as Freddy came years after the young actor shared a trailer with screen legend Henry Fonda, was punched in the face by Richard Gere, took down Burt Reynolds, and muscled his way between Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sally Field, and Jeff Bridges.

But soon after his high-profile stint in the groundbreaking TV miniseries V, Robert Englund took on the most celebrated role of his career — the macabre and wisecracking killer who quickly became a household name. From the moment Freddy Krueger dragged his claws across a rusty pipe in the opening dream sequence, a legend had been unleashed — and a star was born. This is his story.

"Welcome to prime time, bitch."

— Frederick Charles Krueger, bastard son of a hundred maniacs

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439150498
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 02/23/2013
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 309,341
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert Englund gained international cult stardom as the razor-fingered horror villain Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven’s 1984 classic, A Nightmare on Elm Street—a role he reprised in six sequels, including the 2003 smash, Freddy vs. Jason. Englund has also directed and starred in many films and TV shows, including the beloved science fiction series, V. Robert lives in Laguna Beach with his wife, Nancy.

Novelist/ghostwriter/journalist Alan Goldsher is the author of the forthcoming Beatles/horror/humor mash-up Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion (Gallery Books, June 22, 2010), as well as Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Modest Mouse: A Pretty Good Read, and the novel Jam. Midnight Movie, the novel he co-wrote with director Tobe Hooper ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") will be published in 2011. Written as A.M. Goldsher, his chicklit novels The True Naomi Story, Reality Check, and Today's Special were released in the U.K. and Marabout in France in 2008, with No Ordinary Girl to come in 2011.

As a ghostwriter, Alan has collaborated on projects with comedians Bernie Mac and Fred Willard; actor Robert Englund, Ironman triathlete Sarah Reinertsen, and "American Idol" contestant Sanjaya Malakar, among other notable celebrities and public figures.

Alan's sportswriting has been seen in ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, NBA.com, and ChicagoBulls.com, and he reviews books for Kirkus.

During his 10-plus years as a professional bassist, Goldsher recorded with Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill, and Naughty by Nature; toured the world with Digable Planets; and performed at the 1994 Grammy Awards.

Alan lives and writes in Chicago.

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Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of Your Dreams 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Christina260 More than 1 year ago
As a huge Robert Englund fan I couldn't wait for this book. I have seen Robert Englund in many flims and in many interviews but to read about how it all began was fascinating. This book is funny and bold and Robert is very honest with the way he describes his experiences and his costars. I loved hearing all of his memories from his childhood and his memories in the makeup chair while he was becoming Freddy Krueger and other charcters. The way he describes his fans makes me laugh because I am excatly like the people he describes. You will be amazed to hear about the process he had to endure to become the charcter we all love. This is an amazing book and any fan will love it and people that are not yet fans will become one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
REMAKE SUCKED ROBERT ENGLUND IS A WAY BETTER ACTOR THAN JACKIE EARL HALEY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert Englund is one of my favorite actors, and this is the role for which he'll always be remembered. Viva la Freddy!
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I had a dream that he was nice the movies arent scary i like hi and think he is cool
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IamDemented More than 1 year ago
Reading through this book I came to realize something...the man who played the infamous Freddy was more than just an icon. I was given a chance to look into Robert Englunds past and appreciate what he truly brought to the table. There is more to this man than I thought and because of this the Freddy Krueger charater now holds a more profound meaning. Simply a must read.
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NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET RULES ROBERT ENGLUND IS AWESOME!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had the same dream that tha number two guy had hes not scary at all. But the newst freddy was just a bust
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nightmire on elm street is the best movie and book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1,2 freddys comeing for you 3,4 better lock your door 5,6 grab your curifix 7,8 stay up late 9,10 never sleep agin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it soo much that i even have a theme song to creep out my friends. It goes One...Two.....Freddy's coming for you...Three...Four better lock the door...Five....Six ....he's ganna get his kicks...Seven ...Eight to late...Nine ...Ten...he's ganna kill again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont read diz lok at title
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must have for fans of Robert Eungland and films in general!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great!!"!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You already know Robert Englund its gotta be good