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Posted on: July 5th, 2024

Two horror icons are among those receiving stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as they announce their picks for The Class of 2025.

First up, we have Freddy Krueger himself finally getting the accolade, as Robert Englund will have his 50-year career honoured.

Despite being one of horror’s most recognizable faces for over four decades, this is one of relatively few accolades Englund has received. More than just a wise-cracking dream demon, Englund’s storied career has seen him work with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Henry Fonda, Jack Albertson, and Richard Gere before taking on the role of Krueger.

What followed was a storied genre career, seeing Englund play Krueger eight times, as well as taking on ambitious roles in 1989’s The Phantom of the Opera, 1992’s Dance Macabre, 1993’s Night Terrors, and 1995’s The Mangler.

Continuing to be active in the genre, Englund was most recently seen in a prominent supporting role in Stranger Things 4.

As well as Englund, horror filmmaking juggernaut John Carpenter will also be honoured in Hollywood’s Class of 2025.

Carpenter’s star will mark recognition for a filmmaking career spanning over 50 years, beginning with 1974’s Dark Star. 1976’s Assault on Precinct 13 earned praise for its gritty portrayal of inner-city violence, and opened the door for Carpenter’s most acclaimed and successful project to date.

1978’s Halloween single-handedly reinvented the horror genre. The low-budget flick kicked off a horror movie boom with its simple stalk-and-slash formula, as well as introducing the world to Academy Award Winner Jamie Lee Curtis.

For the next several years, Carpenter was an in-demand filmmaker, dipping into all aspects of the horror genre. Ghosts terrorized us in 1980’s The Fog, a shape-shifting alien grossed us out in 1982’s The Thing, and Christine made cars scary-cool in 1983.

Carpenter also has several cult-classics under his belt, not popular at the time, but since beloved. These include 1986’s Big Trouble in Little China, 1987’s Prince of Darkness, and 1988’s They Live.

Carpenter stepped away from filmmaking following 2005’s Ghosts of Mars, having only directed 2010’s The Ward in the past 19 years. However, he remains immensely popular through his Lost Themes musical endeavours, and has recently risen to new acclaim as a composer. Carpenter oversaw the scoring of the most recent Halloween offerings alongside his son and godson, and has multiple projects in the works.

Congratulations to both John and Robert, however, we must ask… what took so long?

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