Robert Englund's Stuck-At-Home Binge Guide: True Terrors and Fairy Tales to Watch Now

One, two, Freddy's coming for you... with some excellent creepy recommendations for what to watch while you're hanging at the homestead.

by | March 18, 2020 | Comments

Robert Englund TRUE TERROR (Travel Channel)

(Photo by Travel Channel)

Social distancing can be a nightmare. But it can also be the perfect time to catch up on a slew of TV shows and movies you might have missed. And if you’ve got a taste for the macabre, the creepy, or the fantastical, horror icon Robert Englund has a few titles to add to your queues.

For four decades, the actor has relished terrifying audiences with his on-screen roles. His turn as Freddy Krueger, the burnt boogieman in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, made him a household name. The 72-year-old actor pivots from the world of horror fiction to that of bizarre fact when he begins his run as host of Travel Channel’s new historical anthology series, True Terror With Robert Englund.

Featuring reenactments of news articles and tabloid stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries, Englund describes the new series as Unsolved Mysteries meets Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and with tales that include Teddy Roosevelt’s Sasquatch sighting to the rampage of New Orleans’ Axeman — the serial killer was portrayed by Danny Huston in American Horror Story: Coven — it’s easy to see that some of these stories will get pretty wild.

Englund acts as the narrative glue to the series.

“I bring a little bit of my Vincent Price attitude and with the little bits of the Rod Serling rhythms in the writing that I get to play with, we kind of echo Unsolved Mysteries, but for a 21st-century audience with 21st-century sensibilities,” he told Rotten Tomatoes. “What does that creepy, that underbelly, that dark side mean to a more contemporary audience as opposed to a more innocent audience back in the day?”

He may be known for portraying monsters and killers on the big screen, but much like contemporary audiences the world over, Englund is a fan of binge-watching. And of the many genres available at the click of a button, Nordic criminal dramas (like Bordertown) is one of his absolute favorites.

“I love Scandinavian serial killer shows,” he said. “Or as I call them, ‘Blood and Snow with Volvos.’ They’re always really dark and really good.”

Read on for Englund’s bingeable list of recommended programming.

Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) 98%

I use subtitles when I’m watching those Scandinavian shows, or a favorite like Peaky Blinders, whenever there’s access, because I want to learn the names, especially if they’re foreign names. It’s really opened a whole new world to me. I think that was something we all learned from the Oscars. You know, when Bong Joon-ho was so grateful for people using their subtitles for Parasite. People aren’t afraid of subtitles anymore. I love that movie, and I wouldn’t want to miss that for the world.

Blue Ruin (2014) 96%

Blue Ruin, oh man. It’s directed by Jeremy Saulnier, and just — oh my god, this guy! He’s got some great stuff, this guy. He’s working with a whole group of people out of North Carolina that are just making some extraordinary stuff. They’re really talented people.

Penny Dreadful 91%

The English series takes place in turn-of-the-century London. It has Dorian Gray, Dracula and Renfield, the Wolfman, and Dr. Frankenstein — along with both of his Frankenstein creations — and they’re all in Jack the Ripper London, together. It’s with Eva Green, and it’s just phenomenal.

Hold the Dark (2018) 70%

The dark little horror movie is, I think, maybe a year/a year-and-a-half old. Jeffrey Wright from Westworld is the star. And it’s got Alexander Skarsgård, the guy from True Blood and Big Little Lies. So it’s got that guy, Jeffrey Wright, and the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, Riley Keough. Skarsgård and Keough are a white-trash couple living in a trailer park on this Indian Reservation in Alaska. They’ve been indoctrinated, seduced, and recruited into a Native American wolf cult. To keep their child out of the cult, they send for Jeffrey Wright, who’s an expert at this type of stuff. It’s this amazing, dark, crazy movie. And it’s like nobody’s seen it but me. It has the single best shootout in the history of American cinema — or the history of cinema period.

Carnival Row 57%

I’m surprised that more of the Harry Potter fans, the Game of Thrones fans, the Lord of the Rings fans, and the fantasy fans haven’t been attracted to this show. What’s it about? Well let me put it this way: “fairy” is a dirty word on the show. So it’s a world where fairies are real, but they’re like slaves. It’s this kind of industrial, rebellious, steampunk world. It has humans and it has fairies, and it has another caste of people who have ram’s horns on their heads.


I just started watching this weird, dark, Welsh one. It’s about a London cop who’s the fish out of water. And he’s got some secrets that we don’t really know yet, but everybody’s very, very real. And it’s real creepy, incestuous, and strange.

True Terror with Robert Englund premieres Wednesday, March 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the Travel Channel

Tag Cloud

video on demand Biopics HBO Go blockbuster cancelled TV series television basketball hispanic X-Men telelvision FOX popular Marathons legend Lifetime Christmas movies christmas movies anime jamie lee curtis CMT Pacific Islander saw Creative Arts Emmys Legendary Television Academy comic books 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards dragons wonder woman Marvel Television rom-coms psycho Premiere Dates Paramount Plus Ghostbusters james bond zombie 99% Grammys FXX police drama best 1990s comic Musical transformers American Society of Cinematographers SundanceTV natural history singing competition mutant The Academy Kids & Family concert international documentary cars adenture Chernobyl TNT dark Tubi Paramount Network PBS Nat Geo stand-up comedy sitcom Rock sports sequels Black Mirror Interview zombies documentaries 71st Emmy Awards Amazon Prime south america Sundance TV romantic comedy award winner Trophy Talk canceled nbcuniversal TV Land heist movie criterion 2021 australia Classic Film scary movies football TIFF deadpool Animation Star Trek new star wars movies Sundance Now Reality Wes Anderson TLC Dark Horse Comics Winter TV adventure pirates of the caribbean festivals asian-american WGN toy story TCA 2017 kids superman Rocketman Thanksgiving casting Holidays Amazon Prime Video Western ViacomCBS Food Network TV movies MSNBC Bravo USA vampires Britbox emmy awards Comedy Alien Christmas See It Skip It Marvel Disney+ Disney Plus Calendar Pop TV Heroines Song of Ice and Fire medical drama politics reviews Teen die hard target japanese 4/20 based on movie VICE godzilla The Witch El Rey batman Writers Guild of America Comics on TV TCA New York Comic Con First Reviews IFC Films discovery 93rd Oscars Nickelodeon PlayStation Fox News dramedy Spectrum Originals spanish Awards renewed TV shows fast and furious robots Emmy Nominations YouTube Red dogs The Walt Disney Company 20th Century Fox Valentine's Day ESPN green book monster movies blaxploitation romance mockumentary TV Hallmark TCM king arthur 45 Spike APB Photos Amazon Studios justice league YA joker RT21 Rom-Com Shudder FX on Hulu Pop BET Awards spinoff Country Crackle Captain marvel WarnerMedia Action Epix ghosts Pixar Toys Netflix Opinion Extras Mindy Kaling Marvel Studios movies superhero Box Office theme song Comic Book movie Comic-Con@Home 2021 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ABC Signature crime a nightmare on elm street The Walking Dead Turner Classic Movies free movies Hulu RT History cancelled television Countdown children's TV Disney Plus SDCC historical drama period drama VOD Black History Month Certified Fresh social media Anna Paquin scene in color hollywood thriller news cults foreign CBS All Access worst movies TCA Winter 2020 LGBTQ films IFC HBO Max 2019 Broadway trailers MCU reboot Disney Channel Comedy Central Year in Review Avengers YouTube Premium finale rotten movies we love TBS 21st Century Fox Chilling Adventures of Sabrina DC Universe critics Superheroes Martial Arts Columbia Pictures Endgame spain versus Red Carpet crime thriller franchise The Arrangement golden globes what to watch aliens stoner Cartoon Network PaleyFest 2015 BET Paramount Travel Channel Esquire ITV cinemax know your critic breaking bad NYCC Apple TV+ blockbusters political drama high school Turner Masterpiece latino Infographic witnail Spring TV science fiction CNN Adult Swim biography Holiday Universal revenge A24 Horror San Diego Comic-Con sag awards worst diversity french TCA Awards italian BBC One Family Nominations serial killer new york Mystery stop motion Tarantino book adaptation ABC spy thriller olympics Mudbound CW Seed Walt Disney Pictures History psychological thriller DC streaming service 72 Emmy Awards rotten Pirates miniseries Showtime dc VH1 facebook Watching Series TV renewals BAFTA screenings docuseries independent indiana jones slashers chucky Video Games President Image Comics elevated horror comics Best and Worst Polls and Games golden globe awards game of thrones comiccon Elton John National Geographic Lionsgate AMC GIFs Film Film Festival Tomatazos supernatural screen actors guild DGA 24 frames DC Comics GoT japan Mary Poppins Returns 2018 Sneak Peek Sony Pictures MTV toronto Hallmark Christmas movies Tokyo Olympics Summer Emmys aapi OneApp cancelled TV shows cats USA Network rt archives technology Discovery Channel Brie Larson boxing kaiju spanish language quibi TruTV 007 Television Critics Association Funimation Awards Tour docudrama Pet Sematary Starz jurassic park Women's History Month Vudu halloween tv Warner Bros. twilight video Sundance Mary poppins Musicals zero dark thirty kong A&E nature Exclusive Video disaster cops new zealand streaming movies ID CBS true crime comedies Stephen King Star Wars venice king kong The CW black Music parents game show Winners FX series Fall TV E3 war cancelled fresh 2020 werewolf GLAAD hidden camera Logo laika Freeform Ovation razzies harry potter cartoon Acorn TV spider-man talk show Baby Yoda Sci-Fi binge indie Election boxoffice Lifetime crime drama The Purge TV One dceu remakes marvel cinematic universe Fox Searchlight suspense Oscars Rocky space Ellie Kemper live action Trailer animated E! mission: impossible BBC America Fantasy Drama all-time 90s LGBT Cosplay sequel richard e. Grant Super Bowl 2017 name the review satire YouTube cooking book Pride Month halloween Cannes Set visit 2016 composers Apple TV Plus ABC Family SXSW teaser child's play Superheroe Syfy Peacock strong female leads Disney streaming service OWN Trivia First Look BBC Podcast NBA DirecTV Character Guide Quiz Hear Us Out doctor who tv talk adaptation women Tumblr classics Academy Awards obituary nfl travel Schedule archives Crunchyroll Binge Guide universal monsters scorecard canceled TV shows prank Disney NBC hist ratings Apple festival streaming anthology Reality Competition directors crossover Shondaland Arrowverse Amazon Mary Tyler Moore HBO Lucasfilm lord of the rings Netflix Christmas movies unscripted