Freddy Krueger is easily one of the most recognizable movie monsters ever conceived, and a triumph of practical makeup effects. Now, a new documentary about the process of creating Freddy's iconic look is currently haunting the film festival circuit.
Nightmares in the Makeup Chair explores the intricate design and application process required to bring a melted molester to life. This tribute film was mostly shot at Chicago's Flashback Weekend Horror Con in 2014 and features Robert Englund being transformed into the infamous Freddy by FX master Robert Kurtzman. The film aims to illuminate the arduous and absorbing elements that came together in a mix of latex, airbrushing, glue and infinite patience, and is filled with amusing anecdotes of Englund's years playing the wise-cracking wraith from the original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) through Freddy vs. Jason (2003).
"I was inspired by the vintage photos of the legendary artist Jack Pierce applying the Frankenstein makeup to Boris Karloff," explains Nightmares in the Makeup Chair director Mike Kerz. "Sadly, those sessions were never documented on film. That is why we created our documentary – fans will see two modern horror legends at work. Robert Englund is fascinating as he shares insightful stories about the Elm Street films and Freddy with the audience. And it is amazing to watch Robert Kurtzman apply the various stages of makeup to transform Robert Englund into Freddy Krueger."
Here's what Robert Englund had to say about this revealing new project:
"Nightmares in the Makeup Chair is my love letter to the Nightmare on Elm Street series and to practical makeup. I've always been in awe of the multi-talented makeup effects artists. From sketching to sculpting, they realize the design. Then to the fine precision of the molding and the manufacturing of the makeup appliances which are nearly paper-thin. And then the application process where I sit in the makeup chair and I become their living canvas as they glue me in and paint the appliances. This documentary not only captures their talent, but I think it might inspire a new generation of practical effects artists. I was happy to become Freddy once again to share the makeup process with the fans."
Enter the exotic world of practical effects in the new trailer below.
(via Bloody Disgusting)