Gripped by Freddy Krueger!

I was so excited to hear that Robert Englund would attend Comic Con Amsterdam!! Robert Englund is best known for his role as Freddy Krueger in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies. I really loved these movies. These are real horror classics! Freddy Krueger is just such an important character in the horror genre. As a big horror fan, of course it was my wish to once meet the man behind Freddy Krueger: Robert Englund! And I got this chance at Amsterdam Comic Con. We bought our photo op ticket in advance, to be really sure we would be able to do a photo op. Freddy Krueger is legendary! Mr Englund was one of the first guests to be announced for Amsterdam Comic Con, so we had to wait a really long time.But it was worth the wait!  We were lucky that he also did 2 Q&A's. We visited one of them. The Q&A on Saturday! 

Q&A Robert Englund

Robert Englund's Q&A was great. He started his Q&A with a little promotion moment for his upcoming movies, which are "Nightworld"  (a horror movie set in Bulgaria). "The Midnight Man"(an independant crime thriller) and "Echo of Evil" (a horror movie). It was great to see him talk about his new projects so passionately.

What I noticed most, during the Q&A, is the great knowledge of movies (old and new) Robert possesses. It was awesome to hear him talk about the whole movie scene, I hung on his every word. He talked about his role of the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera" (1989). He talked about how it was supposed to be a two-parter. The second script took place in contemporary New York and the Phantom was supposed to live beneath the streets of New York (like in the movie "Mimic") in an old train car. The girl sings in the subway station as a busker and the Phantom hears her sing. The girl is blind, so she doesn't see that he is disfigured. The Phantom starts training her and gives her his own music to sing. Then the girl gets discovered by the New York City Opera Company and they give her the money for an eye operation. The Phantom is afraid she is disgusted by his looks (he has fallen in love with her) and he hides himself during her first show. The last scene of the movie should have been the Phantom walking down 5th Avenue and opening up a manhole cover. He goes back underneath the surface. Unfortunately they never made this movie, but it was nice to hear him talk about it.

Mr Englund also talked about the change in superhero movies. He said there are so much superheroes, that it was to change something to still be original. He said that the cynisism added to the genre is the reason behind the succes of movies like: "Deadpool" and "Suicide Squad".  


Photo op Robert Englund

I was really really happy we were going to do a photo op with Robert Englund. This would be really amazing. But of course I was very nervous. Liv and I went to queue for the photo op. This was after seeing some Q&A's already. I was very nervous as usual. But this time Liv and I could queue together (We couldn't for the photo op of Sean Astin).   So we were taking together and keeping each other busy haha. Everything went quite quickly and soon we entered the photo op room. There we had to wait a bit longer: There were some issues with the printer. Robert Englund was amazing. While everyone was worrying about the printer, he went all Freddy Krueger. Pointing to people and making faces at a little child. I'm glad there were issues with the printer. It was an awesome moment to witness. And for a moment you could really feel like Freddy Krueger was in the room haha. Robert Englund initiated a lot of poses. I loved this a lot. It made me less nervous (No last minute stress about thinking which pose to do). But.. as you can see on the picture here, my heart rate went up like crazy as soon as it was my turn. Do you see that peak going up to 135? That was the moment.. On these moments I really love my activity tracker haha. It shows me afterwards how my heart rate really responds to all of this. 

Taking the photo went smooth and quick. It was fun and Robert Englund did a great pose. At the last moment I was thinking: Should I look scared or just look normal? Well, normal is never an option in a photo op for me haha. I always look strange! But I decided not to pull a scared face. I mean, you only get one shot at a photo op. And if your scared face doesn't look well, then you'll photo won't turn out the way you want it. So I just did my regular convention face.. You can see it on the photo! 

My conclusion: Robert Englund was for me the number 1 guest I attended Comic Con Amsterdam for. I bought the photo op up front. I was sure I wanted to meet him! I really enjoyed seeing the Q&A. He had some very interesting views on film making. And doing the photo op was an unique experience. I loved that he had the Freddy Krueger glove. It made it a real unforgettable experience.  I wish I could have talked to him a bit. Maybe some day at another convention.. When there isn't a long queue at his signing table! 

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Comments: 26
  • #1

    Christine Emm (Sunday, 18 September 2016 11:06)

    This would've been awesome!! You're spot on, that era of horror movies were the best and Nightmare on Elm Street topped the list for me. Great post love the pics

  • #2

    Ree (Sunday, 18 September 2016)

    What a great photo you got!!! I'm a bit lame actually, I'm a big horror fan yet I've never seen this?!! Gaaaaaa it's now on my watch list next! Ree love30

  • #3

    Laveena Sengar (Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:41)

    Lucky you. You must have had the time of your life. I love watching horror movies. I am a bit scared to watch them alone though.

  • #4

    Sarah from Lavender Life (Sunday, 18 September 2016 22:07)

    This is so awesome! I love Nightmare On Elm Street, would have loved to be there as well :)

  • #5

    Veethee Dixit (Monday, 19 September 2016 07:10)

    You are so damn lucky! I am too afraid to watch horror movies!

  • #6

    Malaika Fernandes (Monday, 19 September 2016 07:18)

    Loved him in Nightmare on Elm Street till date watch it whenever it comes on cable. Lucky you

  • #7

    Hatsuharu (Monday, 19 September 2016 07:55)

    Nightmare On Elm Street is such a classic horror film I'll keep on watching if I want to be scared. Lucky of you to meet Freddy Krueger in flesh :P

  • #8

    Dunja (Monday, 19 September 2016 18:30)

    I love "Nightmare on Elm Street"!! It's such an amazing opportunity to meet Robert! Meeting Freddy may not be so pleasant hahah

  • #9

    Mimi (Tuesday, 20 September 2016 05:42)

    this is great you got to see him! Loved my first experience for Comiccon last year and looking forward for the next one in Dubai!

  • #10

    sumita (Tuesday, 20 September 2016 07:10)

    Wow! You are so lucky that you got to see him. I wish I were there.

  • #11

    ROBERT LEE (Tuesday, 20 September 2016 13:35)

    NOW I GET IT! So he is the one who played one of those characters that is a legend in cinema. Freddy scared the crap out of me countless times, more than enough for me to completely stop watching horror flicks to this day! LOL! You look cool with the claws there!

  • #12

    theresa (Tuesday, 20 September 2016 14:07)

    Not familiar with him but it's great that you were able to meet an idol. Maybe I was too young to know him or maybe because I wasn't expose to horror films. Great for you on meeting him.

  • #13

    Maerose JS (Tuesday, 20 September 2016 16:13)

    I really like reading the articles and entries on this blog. The enthusiasm is contagious and engaging! :) I'm so happy the two of you had an amazing time meeting the Robert Englund, and what more, having photo ops with him! I'm not really a huge fan of horror movies, because I get pretty scared easily and I only end up hiding behind my boyfriend. But I appreciate people like you who are passionate about the things you like and enjoy! Hope you'll have more accomplishments meeting your favorite personalities and characters!

  • #14

    Kat (Tuesday, 20 September 2016 16:38)

    I can feel your excitement with every word. :) It's nice to know the face behind Freddy Krueger. I admit I haven't watched Nightmare on Elm Street yet. I was scared with the trailer and the posters and felt like I'd have a hard time sleeping at night lol. Agree with the superhero movies, but I feel like there's still so much to explore. Indeed, Deadpool and Suicide Squad are a breath of fresh air.

  • #15

    Flordeliz Fullo (Tuesday, 20 September 2016 17:13)

    So lucky of you to have a photo with the iconic Freddie! Waaah. Childhood memories.

  • #16

    anneklien meanne (Tuesday, 20 September 2016 23:51)

    Im not a big fan of horror films but I've seen a few of his film. It seems you enjoyed your time meeting him, great photo too with him :)

  • #17

    Me-An Clemente (Wednesday, 21 September 2016 02:46)

    Those claws look familiar to me. And I think I've also heard about that movie. Sadly, I don't know the guy. It's great to know though that you had such a grand time :)

  • #18

    Nicole (Wednesday, 21 September 2016 08:12)

    Can't believe that this nice looking guy, who looks like he can don a santa claus costume and pull it off wonderfully is the guy who gave life to that scary villain on Nightmare on Elm Street! Lucky you that you got to take a shot of photo with him! #JelousMode hehehe

  • #19

    Berlin (Wednesday, 21 September 2016 08:26)

    Nightmare at Elm Street is a classic horror flick. Cant imagine him scaring moviegoers and then years after he is posing such cute face. Love your photos together. He looks too cool and you just so happy. Glad you enjoyed the event.

  • #20

    Maria (Wednesday, 21 September 2016 09:09)

    I personally am not of a much fan of horror movies but I've heard about Freddy Krueger. It was one of the most scariest for me. My mom would use it to scare me back then if I'd go home late.

  • #21

    Johna (Wednesday, 21 September 2016 12:24)

    Wow I'm so happy for youuuu. I'm not a fan of horror movies but I have watched a few Nightmare films. What an amazing photo you go too!!! ☺☺☺

  • #22

    Orana Velarde (Wednesday, 21 September 2016 20:11)

    oh wow, how fun! I was so scared of Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. I would scream like crazy whenever it got really bad. I always remember the scene of the bed and the guy and the blood. waaaa!!! Your photo op shot looks great btw.

  • #23

    Brittany (Friday, 23 September 2016 18:43)

    Oh wow! That's an amazing opportunity! I personally cannot watch horror movies because I scream and flip chairs and occasionally accidentally kick people near me on the way down.

  • #24

    Gabrielle Crystal RoseBonniee ~ (Friday, 23 September 2016 18:59)

    Finally someone who I seriously know and who I even saw "in action", in a movie. It must have been a really great experience. Even I envy you those photos, haha ♥

  • #25

    Dominic (Sunday, 25 September 2016 04:12)

    OMG! Robert Englund aka The FREDDY KRUEGER!!! I would love to see him too if ever he goes here in the Philippines. I knew he'd bring those claws for the photo-ops. They just had to. But even without the claws, Robert did a really great job making that Freddy look. He's really a good actor.

    By the way, that new york setting of the Phantom of the Opera. It sounds really a great movie and it's unfortunate to hear that it didn't push through. Now I'm curious what happened to the Phantom and the lady.

  • #26

    Louisa (Monday, 26 September 2016 15:40)

    Nightmare on Elm Street terrified me. So much so that Iiterally I couldn't sleep for days after watching it. He played that role really well. Great that you got a photo op with him and wearing the famous gloves!