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Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of Your Dreams [Kindle Edition]

Robert Englund , Alan Goldsher , Wes Craven , Tobe Hooper
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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

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From Publishers Weekly

The actor behind A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger recounts his early years in theater and Hollywood before hitting it big as the razor-fingered killer. Intent on pursuing a stage career, California native Englund went to Cal State and Michigan's Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he studied classical theater. After being inspired by Martin Scorsese's debut film, Boxcar Bertha, Englund headed to Hollywood and soon landed small roles alongside stars like Henry Fonda, Burt Reynolds and Sally Field. But it wasn't until Wes Craven offered the role of Freddy Krueger, a sadistic murderer who haunted victims' dreams, that Englund broke into cult stardom. He recalls in vivid detail the hundreds of hours spent in the makeup chair for the film and its six sequels, most recently 2004's hit Freddy vs. Jason, where Krueger is resurrected from hell and battles Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise. Englund also appeared in the acclaimed 1984 miniseries V and 1995's The Mangler, from Tobe Hooper, director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. While readers who didn't grow up with the Elm Street films may be a bit lost, Englund's memoir will appeal to those who still can't shake Freddy from their nightmares.
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"Reading Robert Englund's journey through the ups and downs of a Hollywood career is a fun, funny, and eye-opening blast. His life has been no 'nightmare,' but rather an entertaining romp! Take a read...if you dare!" -- Star Price, award-winning producer of Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

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  • File Size: 670 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RE3RL6
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Surfer to Hollywood Monster December 18, 2009
Coming in at 298 pages the book is a quick read. But this hasn't been a quick life for Robert Englund. The anecdotes on things that have occurred in his life tend to lack some details; however, they do range from the star studded to the hilarious. For a man who is currently considered an amazing character actor in horror films, he is possibly one of the most recognizable stars in the genre since Vincent Price. The book starts off with his young acting career (to get girls) and follows his life through to the top of becoming the horror icon Freddy Krueger.

This is great fun and a quick read. The appendix contains some fun filled favorite lists: music, movies, and kills. The lists depict Englund's tastes and well Freddy's morsals.

Hollywood Monster is a must read biography for actors, horror fans, and folks wanting to experience a large part of cinema history. Who knew the scariest man in cinema is the nicest, humblest, and sincerest man in hollywood for 4 decades.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what you would want in a Robert Englund bio January 9, 2010
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My only complaint about this book is that it is such a quick and enjoyable read that I finished it almost as soon as I got it lol. Being an actor with a particular interest in the horror genre, I had been waiting for this book for a long time. I was not disappointed. Englund kept a perfect balance in writing about his pre and post Freddy Krueger life. He obviously realized what a person reading a Robert Englund bio would want to read about and did not load the book with a bunch of boring crap from his life, which was very nice after trudging through page after page of golf stories in Christopher Lee's Lord Of Misrule (yeah, I said it). For my fellow actors reading this, it's a nice insight into an actor's life who has achieved what most of us are trying to achieve. Englund seems to have totally embraced being a horror icon, and he fully acknowledges how fortunate he's been. Another interesting point for me as an actor is that he also states several times that even as famous as he is, he is still to this day a "working stiff" and will usually take any job offered to him. Food for thought for those of you just getting into the business with stars in your eyes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot more to this man than the monster... November 9, 2009
The name Robert Englund will always be synonymous with the name Freddy Krueger. Some actors might see that as a hinderance, but Englund embraces it, and it's a breath of fresh air that your not hearing the same incessant Hollywood whining about "being typecast". The man's a hard-working character actor and happened to land himself into one of the most iconic roles of a lifetime. The book is a page-turner in that it's quick-paced, quick-witted and damn interesting. Being a huge horror aficionado, buying this book was a given, but I have to admit I found myself completely more drawn in and fascinated with his early career in Hollywood. Englund recounts so many brushes with Hollywood royalty in his rise to stardom that it starts to feel almost Forrest Gumpish (I mean that as a compliment). His drive to become an actor and how hard he worked to get where he is today is inspiring. As for the 'Nightmare' stuff: Most of the Freddy anecdotes contained here can be found in various interviews on the countless DVD's released surrounding the series, so that aspect was a bit of a familiar letdown only in that I wish there was MORE. Englund will take you through the productions of all of the 'Nightmare' movies, but at a break-neck pace. Maybe the guy is sick of talking about Krueger. I wouldn't blame him. I just wanted more detail, and how he really felt about some of the films, and how he reacted when they were lambasted by critics/fans... and vice versa. Where the fans will really benefit is hearing of Englund's personal relationships in the business: like his friendship with F/X wizard Kevin Yagher, and his admiration for filmmaker Tobe Hooper. I found some of Englund's "Freddy jokes" planted throughout the pages to be just as cheesy as some of the latter films in that series. Overall, I recommend the book for further insight into a really genuine, hard-working actor. I only wish there were more pages to fill with his fascinating stories of making movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a fun book to read July 14, 2010
By Vanessa
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I LOVED this book! I'm a huge nightmare/robert englund fan so I just knew I had to have this book. I was so interested in learning about everything that Robert has experienced throughout his life. His stories about frightening people on and off set of the nightmare movies are hilarious. I also loved how before each chapter, he talked about a nightmare he's had. This is just a fantastic book for anyone wanting to know more about the real freddy krueger. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I finished it in about 5 hours and I was so upset when I finished it. I just wanted to keep reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The mind of a maniac November 15, 2009
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If you are even a passing fan of the Nightmare series, you would do well to read this book. Great stories about not just the Nightmare franchise, but playing Willie on the original "V" series, working with Henry Fonda, and funny asides about Gary Busey. I do wish Mr. Englund could have elaborated more on some of his stories. This is nitpicking though, as what he does write is a lot of fun. Get your finger-knives on this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anything But A Nightmare January 22, 2012
By Barry
Lon Chaney. Vincent Price. Boris Karloff. Bela Lugosi. Lon Chaney, Jr. Peter Cushing. Christopher Lee. Donald Pleasance. Robert Englund. Horror/monster movie stars. It's a small club. No doubt each one of them have led rich, interesting lives. The biggest star of this field of the last 30 years or so is, without a doubt, Robert Englund. Now, Englund shares with us his life, his story, his career, and a certain character by the name of Freddy Krueger. Read on....

After reading this book, you will find that Englund's life and career has been no nightmare. In fact, Englund seems to of been blessed with a wonderful existence. Sometimes a blue collar, hard working character actor like himself is much better to be than a leading man Hollywood star. Things just seem to be so much more interesting. He talks of working with the likes of Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Henry Fonda, and others, and writes like he is taking you on a backstage journey through trying to make it as an actor and what goes on behind the scenes. For anyone that knows how Englund is, the book, like himself, is written in the same jovial, interesting, ball of energy way that he is himself in interviews and what others always say about him. So much of the book you can actually hear him saying and talking about, and it makes for a fun, enjoyable read. While there is no real dirt or gossip, or horrible childhood memories, the book is filled with wonderful Hollywood talk and taking you inside the life of a working actor. While Englund has done a lot of work over the years, he will always be known as Freddy Krueger. The one and only!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
for my husband, loves it!
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth A. Darden
5.0 out of 5 stars 1, 2...
This book is fantastic. It really dis deep into Robert Englund's character and how inept he was at playing it.
Published 2 months ago by Batman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Robert Englund and this book is terrific to understand the man behind the mask.
Published 4 months ago by Stevie Vieth
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fast read
Robert Englund is gracious, humble and entertaining in this autobiography. He knows Freddy brought us here, and as such he spends ample time describing life on the Nightmare set. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John L. Zaremba
5.0 out of 5 stars As a horror fan it doesn't get much better than a Robert Englund...
As a horror fan it doesn't get much better than a Robert Englund Biography. This book is very insightful, well written, and interesting to boot. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Psilocybin Rain
5.0 out of 5 stars ... get my hands on this however I bought a like new one for 0
As a Freddy fan since age 1 I couldn't wait to get my hands on this however I bought a like new one for 0.1 used and payes 3. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Erin P. Roach
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I thought this book was great. Big Freddy Krueger fan. Must read. Fast shipping and great service. Gives history of nightmare movies and much more.
Published 9 months ago by D. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!
Lots of good stuff in here. Deff worth the read if your a big Nightmare fan. Can easily get on the cheap in the new and used.
Published 11 months ago by Budlight72
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
If you love the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, Robert England or just a interesting book, this book is for you. Read more
Published 13 months ago by kenneth johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Englund is a very engaging storyteller!
I really enjoy reading autobiographies, and out of all the ones I have read so far, this is the best! Mr. Englund makes it seem like he's talking directly to you. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ed Eggleston
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