Watch The Trailer For FredHeads, A Documentary Look at the Eclectic Freddy Krueger Fandom

Image: YouTube/Northgate Pictures
Image: YouTube/Northgate Pictures

Among nerd culture, horror fandoms tend to be some of the most distinctive. It takes a special person, after all, to be that into something meant to disturb and unsettle. To treat the terrible as an old friend requires a special sort of person.


In her upcoming documentary, horror filmmaker Paige Troxell looks to offer a deeper view of one of those fandoms, the so-called FredHeads who are really, really into Nightmare On Elm Street. To create the film, Troxell and her crew have been travelling the country, interviewing fans and members of the film’s long stable of actors and creators, and just generally chronicling the scene and what it means to people.

I really enjoy glimpses like this into worlds of passion that I don’t understand myself, and FredHeads looks to be shining light on one of the stranger and more interesting fandoms out there. You can check out the trailer below. There’s also an Indiegogo running right now to help with the film’s production, if you’re interested.


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The Elm Street reboot pretty much killed my enjoyment of Freddy Krueger, not because it might have been a bad movie (spoiler the majority of them aren’t good movies), but because it really emphasized what Freddy was; A child molesting piece of shit. The original series called him a serial killer of children, but these days we know what would entail as we keep getting horrible examples in real life. So, you know, ugh.

While I’m killing my childhood, another movie that veered into unwatchable once I was old enough to know better; Revenge of the Nerds.