CBS will bring bad dreams to life with reality version of Nightmare on Elm Street.

CBS will bring bad dreams to life with reality version of Nightmare on Elm Street.
CBS has been casting recently for a new reality show, asking happy fun questions such as, “Do you have a recurring nightmare that scares the living daylights out of you? Do you often wake up in a cold sweat trying to flee your haunting hallucination? Are you afraid to shut your eyes for fear that these nightmarish images will actually materialize?” Now we know the purpose of those inquiries: The network is producing a reality version of the Freddy Krueger films. For Nightmare on Elm Street: Real Nightmares, Robert Englund (who played Freddy) “will show up at participants’ homes and ask them to recount their deepest darkest nightmares. As the participants tell their stories, the dreams will be visualized by special effects artist Peter Kuran,” reports. Instead of just killing participants in their bedrooms as they dream, Freddy, er, Robert Englund, will then “take them to a secret location to face their nightmare head-on in an elaborate challenge.” Six one-hour episodes have been ordered, according to The Futon Critic, which says the series is likely to air “as part of CBS’ new reality-driven Saturday night lineup.”

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