Back in the 80s, our favorite dream slasher got his own television series, Freddy's Nightmares. Not only did the series have #RobertEnglund reprise his role as Freddy, but the series' pilot was directed by Tobe Hooper. Hooper has directed so many great horror films. Such as, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Salem's Lot (1979), and Poltergeist (1982). This series served as an anthology of horror stories set in Springwood. Freddy served as the series' host, except for the pilot episode called No More Mr. Nice Guy. Interesting fact, the pilot episode aired on my fifth birthday, October 9th, 1988.
No More Mr. Nice Guy
The pilot kicks off at Freddy's trial for the multiple murders of young children around Springwood. Unfortunately, Freddy was not properly arrested, so he has to be set free. Of course this does not sit well with the parents of Springwood. The parents search neighborhoods, waiting for Freddy to show his face. Ultimately, they find Freddy in his boiler room, but are stopped by the officer who arrested Freddy in the first place. Things change when Freddy begins threatening the officer's daughters. The officer picks up a can of gasoline and pours it all over Freddy and lights the match. Freddy returns as a much darker force. Now he is able to enter the dreams of victims. Freddy first targets some of the parents that lead the mob that killed him. From there, his actions are continued in the original Nightmare On Elm Street.
It took awhile to find the full episode, so I could watch it again. I thought it would be really cheesy, since I haven't seen it since 1988. However, I still really enjoyed it. I always wanted to see a prequel showing Freddy as The Springwood Slasher. So seeing this was awesome and having the great Tobe Hooper direct it made it even better. We got to see some of the different gloves Freddy would wear to kill his victims. We also get to see Freddy as a regular slasher. He moves in the shadows and stalks his victims. It's terrifying, and definitely worth checking out.