I never watched any of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies when I was a kid because Freddy Kruger scared me. His bubbling skin and razorblade hands were too much for me to deal with, so while my friends were fascinated by his spookiness, I avoided him like the plague.
It was only when I was in my early 20s that I saw the first two movies and last year when I caught 4 & 5 on tv as part of a Freddy marathon during Halloween*. But when I finally made my way through the movies, I realized how ridiculous my fear of Freddy had been. I mean seriously, by the time I watched number 5, he was practically the Scheky Green of the horror set. But, just when I thought he couldn’t get any lamer . . . I heard a strange song wafting through the speakers of my TV . . .
“No,” I thought, “It couldn’t be . . .”
But as the credits rolled on, I discovered it to be true. Freddy Kruger had a novelty rap song!
Whatever possessed the producers of the Nightmare on Elm Street series to think having Freddy cut a track with The Fat Boys would be a good idea, I’m not sure, but here it is in all it’s 1988 glory.
You will never feel more embarassed for Robert Englund than you do when you hear him rap “My name is Freddy and I’m hear to say, I’ll wrap you up and take you away!”