'FredHeads' Documentary Shines Light on 'Nightmare on Elm Street' Fandom

All horror movies fans are familiar with being asked why they love a form of entertainment filled with blood, guts and mayhem. There are as many answers to the question as there are horror fans, with the upcoming documentary FredHeads attempting to explore some explanations, focusing specifically on how the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise has impacted fans for the more than 30 years since its debut. Check out the trailer below.

From the mind of filmmaker Wes Craven, the original film told the tale of a janitor who was killed by local parents, only for his spirit to infect the mind of their children and kill them in their sleep. In a time where slashers reigned supreme at the box office, Nightmare on Elm Street involved more fantastical elements, as well as featured a career-making performance from Robert Englund as the sadistic Freddy Krueger.

The original film went on to inspire seven sequels, a remake, a TV series, video games, novels and comic books.

In order to finish the film and get it into as many hands as possible, an IndieGoGo page was launched that offers a variety of rewards.

Per the film's IndieGoGo page:

"As A Nightmare on Elm Street continues to thrive many years after its 1984 release, fans of all ages, both nationally and internationally, are invited to share their stories. With the central theme of how being a fan can change your life, FredHeads will feature enthusiasts of all types: passionate fanatics, lifelong aficionados, cosplayers, creators, artists, filmmakers, kids, and more. The documentary will also feature insight from the stars and creatives involved in the original film series, exploring the enduring legacy, the cultural impact, and the passion of the Elm Street fan community."

The filmmaker, Paige Troxell, went on to explain how the franchise has impacted her life and what inspired her to create the film.

"In my darkest times I have turned to Elm Street. It is a survival story, it is my best friend, it is my comfort, and it is my home. Traveling the country and meeting other fans and friends who all share similar stories sparked an idea," Troxell details. "I knew that there were others out there who saw this film for more than just the typical slasher. It is my goal to bring to life each and every story; to show the world that this community stands together, that we are a support team for each other. I want to show the world what it really means when we call each other FredHeads."


The film is slated to be release by the end of the year, with contributions to its IndieGoGo campaign possibly expediting the process.

[H/T Bloody Disgusting]