Horror Icon Robert Englund to Host Shadows of History Series

Nightmare on Elm Street's Robert Englund will scare up historical tales of terror in Travel Channel's new series Shadows of History.

Robert Englund

A man of our dreams will bring haunted history to life. The new Travel Channel series, Shadows of History promises to rip the most “frightening, odd and creepiest stories” from the “headlines of yesteryear.” Veteran actor and horror movie icon Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger from the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, will host each one-hour episode.

Shadows of History culled newspapers from America’s past to find documentation of “bizarre, mysterious accounts that seem too incredible to be true,” reads the advance press. “With the help of historians and scholars, Englund makes every 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 six-episode series will air later this year.”

Englund began his career appearing in the 1973 crime film Buster and Billi, and worked through the 1970s in film and television. In 1984, he was cast as Willie in the mini-series and weekly TV show V as well as his defining role in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street.

“How can you make fascinating and petrifying stories even more scary? Add the genius of Robert Englund,” Jane Latman, general manager of Travel Channel, said in a statement. “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.”

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Classically trained Englund made over than 75 movies, including The Mangler, the 1976 version of A Star is Born and the film adaptation of Richard Price’s Blood Brothers. He also starred on four TV series and made numerous guest starring roles. Englund also directs, and “is exploring the world of reality TV and Internet programming and loves doing edgy voice overs for games and animation.”

No Shadows of History release date has been issued yet.

Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFKRead more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.