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Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of Your Dreams Hardcover – 15 Oct 2009


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (15 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845135059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135058
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. K. Manglaveras on 21 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
At last robert englund is presented in this book with all his nightmare glory. The actor who became famous with the smash hit series NOES performing the role of freddy crueger is also responsible for a bunch of other horror thrillers like GALAXY OF TERROR, URBAN LEGEND, PYTHON, ZOMBIE STRIPPERS and THE MANGLER just to name a few and all are here. All his work is presented in more than 300 pages in this great book which is a must buy for all the "freddy-horror" fans.
Robert thank you and just keep up the good work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Oct 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a exellent autobiography written from the king of the Boogymen Actor & director Robert Englund who changed cinematic horror forever.

Now we never ever want to go to sleep again due to his iconic role as Springwood slasher Freddy Kruger.

This book details Robert's early years as a working character actor, As a classically trained thespian he studied his craft at the American branch of RADA.

Apart from small parts in Tobe Hoppers Eaten Alive & low budget horror Roger Cormans Galaxy Of Terror Robert's first big break on tv was in V as loveable Alien Willie,

From V to a supporting role in the crime drama Downtown to a guest part as a killer in a Knight Rider episode.

But it's the iconic razor fingered glove pullover wearing Springwood slasher that everybody wants to know about & this book doesn't disappoint.

Robert tells how the long hour's in make up helped him bring the terror to the screen as being let loose from the confines of the make up chair he would use all that frustration to good use venting his rage at the young cast in creating a cinematic horror icon.

What is shocking is Robert very nearly didn't play Freddy again in Freddys Revenge due to a dispute over money, Robert Shaye in charge of New Line Cinema cast a stuntman but when Robert Shaye saw the awful rushes he met Robert's demands & as they say the rest is history.

1984 was the year A Nightmare On Elm Street was released a low budget movie from a relatively small independent company New Line cinema.

A Nightmare On Elm Street was to be directed by Hills Have Eyes & Last House On The Left director Wes Craven, The movie became a cult horror classic terrifying cinema goers & changing the face of horror movies forever.
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By Keri on 16 May 2012
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This is a brilliant book! I'm a huge fan of Robert Englund, and Freddy Krueger, and I got an insightful and descriptive view of his life. He writes about his films and the colleges he went to and what it was like on set and about actors he's worked with, and funny stories as well. It gives you a great insight of Hollywood also. I wouldn't recommend the book if you don't know who he is, but if you're a fan, you will surely love this book. Well done Robert :)
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I first became aware of Englund through "Nightmare On Elm Street" (I was never that big a fan of "V"), but reading this autobiography (co-written with Alan Goldsher), he'd done plenty of work before that. Englund's had a good run, with some interesting films and co-stars and his anecdotes are well-written and often amusing and paint a vivid picture of working through special effects make-up in the glory days of 80s horror movies. However, as much as I enjoyed the story-telling, I did have a problem with the fact that this is one of those modern autobiographies, where we don't find out anything about the subject (beyond a cursory chapter) unless it's to do with the films. Therefore, in this, we live through his first marriage and subsequent relationships because it's tied in with his training and early theatre career but his marriage happens "off-screen" - one minute he had a girlfriend called Roxanne, the next he's married to Nancy. That aside, this was entertaining and worth a read if you liked "Nightmare On Elm Street" or other 80s horror flicks.
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