The sixth and FINAL chapter to our KRUEGER (Tales from Elm Street) web-series has landed on YouTube. Based on the meta-film Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, New Tale follows actor Roberto Lombardi as he is stalked and haunted by everyone’s favorite dream demon, Freddy Krueger. But why? What could a legendary cinematic figure want with a simple actor from a fan series?
A WORD FROM CHRIS NOTARILE
“Yes, it’s true. This is our very last Krueger short. There will be no more after this. No part 7. No new series. No new chapters. And unless Newline Cinema hires us, no feature film. I’m not writing this to sound egotistical. I just get a lot of requests from people, so it’s best to just be upfront rather than leave things up to question. Roberto Lombardi and I began our Krueger series in 2011, and we had no idea it would evolve into what it has become. To those of you who have supported us over the years, we thank you for keeping our series and the spirit of Freddy alive for as long as you have. But like all good things, this series was inevitably going to come to an end. And it’s better that we end it on our terms, rather than overstay our welcome.
Much like the original Nightmare series, I knew I always wanted to end on a meta note, like they did with New Nightmare. So that was always in the back of my mind. And since Roberto was the quarterback of this series, who better for Freddy to haunt than him? For years, I’ve tried to be as interactive as possible with this series, and I’ve always wanted to collaborate with certain members of the Fredhead community. So being able to FINALLY bring Diandra Lazor on board was a real treat.
Since this was my last hurrah for Freddy, I wanted to pull out as many stops as I could, so I put a lot of effort into Roberto’s makeup for Freddy. I wanted him to look as legit as humanly possible. We filmed in my home for two days. Shooting all of Roberto’s bearded scenes first, then shaved him, and shot all of his Freddy scenes second. On paper, it seemed like a very difficult task to make Roberto interact with himself. But when push came to shove, it was actually a lot easier than I had anticipated. All in all, it was a bitter sweet experience, and I will cherish being able to bring my version of Freddy to life the way that I did. Thank you all for your support over the years and I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I loved making it for you.”