In taking on one of horror’s most fearsome villains, Heather Langenkamp launched her acting career as Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street way back in 1985. Managing to hold her own against Freddy Krueger – a nightmare of a movie villain that still keeps people up at night – in not just one but two whole movies sealed Langenkamp’s reputation as a woman who can seriously hold her own. In the decades since, she had fought her fair share of battles and dipped in and out of the horror genre as her career has taken her from strength to strength. (more…)
Heather Langenkamp just celebrated her 50th birthday. Think about that for a minute: the final girl from that first Nightmare on Elm Street movie has been around for over five decades now. (Not to insult Ms. Langenkamp, of course, because she looks great.) Of course, three of those decades have been all about the legend of Freddy Krueger and talking about her big break in Wes Craven‘s seminal horror film. And not only has Langenkamp appeared in three of the eight Nightmare movies, she produced the quintessential documentary about the franchise, Never Sleep Again. This past weekend at the National Fan Expo, Langenkamp re-untied with co-stars Robert Englund and John Saxon to celebrate Freddy’s 30th birthday, and Nerd Bastards got a few minutes to pick her brain. You know, in a good way. (more…)
Throughout the 70s and 80s, there were a lot of movie monsters, but only one of them really had a consistent face. Robert Englund was the face of Freddy Krueger through eight Nightmare on Elm Street films, a couple of music videos and a TV series called Freddy’s Nightmares, and this year Freddy Krueger turns 30 years old. Freddy’s portrayer, Englund, has worked consistently since his twin breakthroughs in 1984, Nightmare and the TV series V, building up an impressive resume of over 100 different film and TV projects. But with three decades now come and gone, more than ever, Englund is most closely associated with the burnt, disfigured “bastard son of a hundred maniacs.”
In an recent interview with Nerd Bastards, looking forward to Englund’s pending appearance at the National Fan Expo in Downtown Toronto, the actor discussed his enduring appeal as a horror icon, his recent flirtation with putting Freddy’s face on again, and his actually quite impressive knowledge of the geography of Canada’s largest city. (more…)
There’s no shortage of interesting genre actors in the forthcoming Star Trek sequel Into Darkness – RoboCop’s Peter Weller, former Doctor Who companion Noel Clarke, and Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch – but it seems that an early 80s horror heroine is also part of the new crew: Nightmare on Elm Street star Heather Langenkamp.
Aside from appearances in the Nightmare sequels The Dream Warriors and New Nightmare, Langenkamp has had small roles in several films and TV series, but nothing as big as that first turn as Nancy in Nightmare. As for Into Darkness, Langenkamp, while in discussion with HorrorNews.net about her new documentary I Am Nancy, says that she secured the part through one of the oldest processes known to man: nepotism.
I had the opportunity to play a small part in Star Trek, so I’m looking forward to that. I can’t tell you anything about that, but that was a thrill for me. My husband and I worked on the makeup effects for Star Trek. He designed some of them, so that’s the thing we’re looking forward to most.
Langenkamp’s husband is David LeRoy Anderson whose worked on films like Men In Black, Dawn of the Dead, and The Cabin in the Woods. In the same interview, Langenkamp talked abouthow her husband’s job often takes him to far flung places away from the family, but for Into Darkness, she says, it was nice to work on something together.
In the last 10 years, my husband is quite a prominent makeup effects artist, and I’ve found that he’s often going to Canada and doing jobs far away, and it was really hard on our family. I kind of teamed up with him, and I do a lot of the busy work of owning a business. I really enjoyed teaming up with him, because I really like more mundane jobs, and he’s so creative, so we complement each other a lot in our business.
So I think it’s safe to say that Langenkamp will be made-up for her part in Trek, what do you Bastards think? Can anyone say “Klingon?”