When Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and horror are said in the same sentence, your gut instinct would wisely be to assume that it’s in reference to that cinematic mess that came out in August. But in this case, we’re talking about the animated Nickelodeon series of the same name, which just added genre icons Robert Englund and John Kassir for guest appearances in a nightmarish upcoming episode.
Englund is of course known for playing the wittily fearsome Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, while Kassir donned the ghoulish make-up for the Cryptkeeper in the Tales from the Crypt series and films. The episode will actually be within the realm of horror, though it would have admittedly been kind of cool to hear these guys voicing against-type characters, like fairy unicorns and whatnot. (Does this series feature fairy unicorns?)
The Nightmare on Elm Street films inspired the episode, titled “In Dreams,” in which a group of antagonists called the Dream Beavers make the Turtles’ nighttime lives a living hell. According to ComicBook.com, Englund will voice group leader Dire Beaver, as well as Dark Beaver, while Kassir will lend his pipes to the role of Dread Beaver. (Expect at least one turtle soup joke.) Each one of the Dream Beavers targets a different Turtle, feeding off of their dreams and keeping them imprisoned within their own sleepy subconscious minds. To save them, April and Casey have to figure out a way to wake the Turtles up.
The Dream Beavers are even influenced by the look of Freddy Krueger, as they’ll all have long and sharp claws resembling his iconic glove. Can we get Doug Bradley and a puzzle box involved in this episode before it airs? No? Dammit.
Englund has remained a vital presence in both the indie horror scene and the voicework scene over the past 30 years. His latest features are Robert Hall’s hallucinatory horror Fear Clinic and Phil Hawkins’ claustrophobic thriller The Last Showing. He and Candyman’s Tony Todd are also going to appear in Freak Out Scooby-Doo!, which comes out next year.
Kassir, meanwhile, has been all over the place in recent years, without much going the way of cryptkeeping. He’s currently filming Demetrius Navarro and Enrico Natale’s horror The Taker, and can be currently heard in video games like Bayonetta 2, Skylanders: Trap Team and Batman: Arkham Origins.
“In Dreams” is set to debut on Nickelodeon on Friday, November 14, at 8 p.m. ET.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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