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Real Nightmares: Behind the Scenes Photos

Real Nightmares: Robert Englund

A Nightmare on Elm Street: Real Nightmares was canned well over a decade ago now, but the internet never forgets. A few years back, previous HL writer John asked for contestants to come forward if they had any information.

A year ago, one contestant came forward and offered up some information, but unfortunately they went MIA after that when we tried to follow-up with them. However, just in the past few days, another contestant (whose fear is heights) came forward and offered up the goods.

You can read some of their account and memories of the experience with the show here and an even more in-depth look here. They were also nice enough to dig up some old photos of that time (which may in fact be the first time some of these images [still or motion] of the show have ever been seen publicly by anyone):

Looking at the IMDb page, it appears another behind-the-scenes photo has emerged. What appears to be a Leatherface-inspired mask as worn by an actor on the show:

Real Nightmares: Actor in Mask

Not to leave any stone unturned, here’s a promo video of the show, which probably hasn’t been seen by very many people either:

It appears that many people have been apprehensive about coming forward because of this scary NDA they signed 12 years ago now. NDAs are pretty standard and most expire after just a few years. Even if they’re written as being valid for some ridiculous amount of time, things change and they often become dated and ultimately defunct or otherwise void. Since those NDAs were signed, most pertinent information around the show has become a matter of public knowledge. We’re only interested in personal experiences and other fun, innocent stuff.

I’d be interested in seeing a copy of one of these NDAs, as from the sounds of it, its only importance was to keep the show’s secrets under wraps until it actually aired as to not spoil anything or otherwise damage the network’s ability to monetize the project because of leaks. At this point, that’s all very moot. As fans, we’re just interested in any tidbit, story, picture, footage, etc. that we can get our hands on as a celebration. Not to embarrass or reveal any proprietary secrets.

I see no reason contestants or other crew involved in the show couldn’t come forward and share their experiences with us geeks at this point. 🦇

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  • Tickdom

    Thank you for such a thorough outline of the show. For the contestants, it was a very real, psychological experience that changed our perspective (for me, anyway).
    I’m also glad you mentioned the ridiculous confidentiality agreements because they use that to scare you to death into “not talking”. Interesting note: Former Survivor contestant Michael Skupin set up a website using CBS/Survivor logos all over the pages and nobody ever hit him with legal ramifications. I even spoke to him on the phone once and his reply to my inquiry was “…they don’t care”. I beg to differ on that, as he was making profits from it.
    Nonetheless, this was an outstanding experience and I pray that, someday, we will all get to see our episodes.

  • There’s always a fine line between the art, the artists, and the fans. Of course, art (at least most art), is meant to be seen by as many people as possible. Naturally, when you throw business into the mix (which is a necessary evil — projects are often only possible because they’re backed by money), things tend to get a bit messy.

    The legal department’s default stance of just about any company involved in producing art is to never officially give permission for fan art, fan fiction, and other “unauthorized” projects, even where and when they might actually appreciate it (fandom is free publicity).

    Some companies are cool and treat fans very well, some “go after” anyone they feel encroaches on their trademarks or copyrights whether it’s fair use or involving commercializing indiscriminately, and everything in-between. Sometimes it’s appropriate. Most of the time, it’s overreaching.

    NDAs are ubiquitous in business and often used inappropriately. However, in this case, at least back in 2005, I think the NDAs were fair, even morally. I mean it’s standard practice for actors of big, upcoming movies to have to sign NDAs and it makes total sense. The filmmakers don’t want them spoiling anything both for ethical and economic reasons.

    That appears to be the main point of this NDA. They wanted to keep the show under wraps until actually released. That’s fair. Obviously, as we know, the show never actually released and will never see the light of day, so it’s all a bit moot now. After a decade, I see no problem with people now sharing their experiences. If you’re in contact with any other contestants that are afraid to share, but want to, they can absolutely share anonymously and I’ll share whatever they’ve got on their behalf. :)