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Halloween happenings: Be the man of their dreams, dress Freddy Krueger on Halloween
Posted Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 12:00 PM
SOQUEL, Calif. — "One, two, Freddy's coming for you!" And it is long overdue. For years now, companies have offered low-quality, unattractive and pathetic latex mask representations of dream stalker Freddy Krueger.
Heck, it's even hard to find a replica metal glove that isn't made from a flimsy camouflaged or beige material. Really? Did these so-called costumers even bother to check the actual color of Freddy's weapon of choice?
Well, the nightmare — pun shamelessly intended — is over.
Finally, a retailer creates realistic-looking Freddy Krueger masks and gloves for those who want to impress on All Hallows' Eve with jaw-dropping cosplays and Halloween costumes worthy of Wes Craven and New Line Cinema's creepy, collaborative creation. Check out the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" collection from Trick or Treat Studios.
(Left to right) A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy's Revenge and The Dream Master masks with fedoras from Trick or Treat Studios.
You can pre-order these new custom masks without fedoras for $59.99 or with hats for $89.99. Trick or Treat Studios has designed masks inspired from "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984), "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge" (1985) and "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" (1988). The masks will ship in October, but the retailer DOES NOT guarantee delivery by Halloween. Be warned.
Side-by-side comparison between A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) mask with and without Freddy's fedora from Trick or Treat Studios.
The original special effects makeup design for Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund was created by David Miller. Miller found real-life photos of burn victims in medical textbooks to work with, but strangely enough he was inspired by pizza, too. While playing around with a pie one night, Miller began moving the pepperoni around. This playfulness found its was onto Freddy's face as can be seen in the large scars on the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" replica mask.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) replica mask from Trick or Treat Studios.
Miller was busy working on another project, so makeup artist Kevin Yagher was hired to create Freddy's look in "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2." Yagher wanted Krueger to look more like a warlock — a male witch — with a bigger, hook nose. Yagher went on and worked on Nightmares 3 and 4 before Miller finally returned to travail again in "A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989).
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) replica mask from Trick or Treat Studios.
The make-up effects on Freddy Krueger in Nightmares 3 and 4 are virtually identical. Undoubtedly, this must be why Trick or Treat Studios didn't produce a standalone Nightmare 3 mask. While the design was still Yagher's, he was busy overseeing all the special effects during the production of The Dream Master. Therefore, Howard Berger was tasked with actually applying Freddy's makeup in Nightmare 4.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) replica mask from Trick or Treat Studios.
Now, if you really want to complete the dream killer ensemble, pre-order an authentic-looking, custom (metal) Freddy glove from Nightmares 1, 2, 3 or 4 for $199.99 each. The bladed-glove ships in December rather than October though.
(Left to right) A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy's Revenge, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master replica gloves from Trick or Treat Studios.
As in the past, Trick or Treat Studios' products sometimes show up stocked in brick-and-mortar retail stores BEFORE you can get said merchandise online. So, before you order early from the website, check your local Halloween stores to make sure. Oh, and happy Halloween.