Season 4 of Stranger Things left us with too many unanswered questions to count, and the ongoing writers strike has delayed the writing and filming of season 5. But according to Bloody Disgusting, Robert Englund – most well-known for his portrayal of Freddy Krueger – would love to reprise his role as Victor Creel, a minor character whose lore had a significant impact on season 4’s story arc.
Though Englund couldn’t promote any upcoming projects during his Q&A session at this year’s Terror Con due to the ongoing strike, he did express interest in returning to the series in some capacity.
Horror icon Robert Englund, who joined Stranger Things in Season 4 as the disturbing Victor Creel, is interested in reprising his role.
For those of you who haven’t yet caught up on Stranger Things, Robert Englund first appeared in season 4 as Victor Creel, an institutionalized man. Though Creel doesn’t necessarily have a ton of screen time in Stranger Things, his story is critical to our understanding of the universe that the series has established throughout its four-season run.
We learn that Creel’s son, Henry Creel (or “One” as Dr. Martin Brenner has named him), becomes the evil plague that wreaks havoc on Hawkins, Indiana.
After being accused of murdering his family in the 1950s, Victor Creel insisted that a demon committed the crime, but he had no way to prove it. After making an insanity plea and being institutionalized, he attempted to commit suicide by slicing his own eyes out with a razor blade.
“In Stranger Things Season 4, there’s a sequence with Natalia [Dyer] walking through a kind of Nightmare on Elm Street dreamscape. I heard the voice over from Vecna, my boy. Vecna says, ‘Ah, old Victor. I remember him well. Perhaps I should pay him a visit.’ So they have an option in Season 5 of either killing me on-screen or just telling the audience that Vecna killed me. They did bring it up, but there’s a lot of stuff they have to wrap up. It would be fun for me to do that.”Robert Englund
But in the typical Stranger Things fashion, we find out that his claims were true, and that there was somebody else responsible for the death of his family: his son, Henry, or “One,” or as he’s most famously known, Vecna.
While fielding questions about Stranger Things, Englund expressed desire to reprise the role of Victor Creel in a way that wraps up the story line. He suggested that there are two options that the Duffer Brothers could take in putting a bow on the narrative: they could either kill him on-screen, or just tell the audience that Vecna killed him. But in the same breath Englund also recognized that the Duffer Brothers have several other storylines to wrap up, so he’s not sure where he’ll fall into the mix.
Though Englund’s return to Stranger Things has yet to be confirmed, he went on to say that it would be fun for him to do.
Robert Englund’s Next Horror Role
Englund also mentioned that aside from his willingness to return to Stranger Things, he was also offered a role in a serial killer property that failed to materialize before the ongoing multi-front strike commenced. The rules of the strike don’t allow actors to promote any upcoming projects, so he couldn’t really dive into the details, but he said that it’s one of the best scripts that’s been offered to him in the last decade.
All that we know as of this writing is that it involves a serial killer, and given Englund’s history of portraying Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, it sounds like he’s excited about portraying another menace to society, but this time without his iconic glove full of razor-sharp knives.
We’re going to have to wait a little longer for any further developments on the Stranger Things front as we wait for the strike to come to an end, but at the very least we know that the man behind Victor Creel is more than willing to return to the series if given the opportunity.