Robert Englund from ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ to Host a Creepy New Show for the Travel Channel

Get ready to see Freddy Krueger without his makeup. Legendary horror actor Robert Englund, who played the psychotic child killer who haunts people’s dreams in eight films in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, is getting his own show on the Travel Channel. The series will focus on true, terrifying stories from America’s past.

Shadows of History premieres in 2019

Robert Englund
Robert Englund | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

The new six-episode show will premiere on the Travel Channel later in 2019, though an exact air date hasn’t been announced. Englund will host, exploring “the frightening, odd, and creepiest stories ripped straight from the headlines of yesteryear,” according to the network.

In each hour-long episode, Englund will meet with historians and scholars who will help uncover the truth about these real-life stories. The show will be “an immersive experience designed to raise goose bumps and quicken pulses. And every thrill ride is all the more terrifying because it isn’t the work of a science fiction writer, but originally a news article reported in the American press,” the Travel Channel said in a statement announcing the new show.

“How can you make fascinating and petrifying stories even more scary? Add the genius of Robert Englund,” Jane Latman, general manager, Travel Channel, said. “As if tales of flying monsters, zombie cannibals and ghost ships were not enough, we are cranking up the volume for maximum impact. And our fans are going to go nuts for this legendary actor.”

Englund has been acting since the 1970s

The 71-year-old Englund was born in Glendale, California, and has been acting since the early 1970s. His first film role was in 1973’s Buster and Bill, and he appeared in a variety of TV shows and movies throughout the decade. His big break came in the early 1980s, when he was cast as Willie in the science-fiction miniseries V. Soon after, he was cast as Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven’s 1984 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street.

While Englund is most associated with Krueger, he’s had a wide-ranging career. He appeared in other horror films, including a 1989 version of The Phantom of the Opera and 1995’s The Mangler. He was also seen in the 1990 action-comedy The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, the 1998 comedy Meet the Deedles, and the 1986 crime series Downtown (which also featured future Law & Order:SVU star Mariska Hargitay.) He’s also been on TV shows like Knight Rider, Babylon 5, Sliders, Bones, and Criminal Minds.

Other new shows coming to Travel Channel

Bruce Campbell
Bruce Campbell | Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SCAD aTVfest 2018

Several other new shows are coming to Travel Channel in the near future, Deadline reported. Code of the Wild will feature sibling survivalists Chris and Casey Keefer as they attempt to solve mysteries in some of the most remote areas of the world. Relic Hunter features Timothy Smith, who will travel the globe looking for rare objects from myth and legend.

The new show Ghost Nation will feature more investigations from the Ghost Hunters team, while Witches of Salem will explore the true story behind the Salem witch trials. Finally, the network is planning a reboot of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! hosted by Evil Dead actor Bruce Campbell.

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