Great Job, Internet!: Celebrate the Freddy Krueger phenomenon with this 1987 promo reel

In the days before Redbox, Netflix, Hulu, and Crackle, video stores would have to purchase copies of new releases from distributors in order to rent them out. Storeowners would receive trade papers and promo reels advertising the newest releases (usually selling for around $100 a copy) and explaining to proprietors how much green they were going to make renting the films out to the public. In order to trumpet the home video release of A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Media Home Entertainment did a promo reel with some style: They had Freddy Krueger host it.

With Freddy Krueger, Wes Craven gave horror fans something that they’d never seen before and will most likely never see again. In 1984’s A Nightmare On Elm Street, the iconic bastard son of a hundred maniacs was born but the phenomenon that was Freddy Krueger didn’t fully materialize until …

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