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THE BIG CHILLS

Some TV series have already aired their Halloween episodes, but the main horror events _ the specials and specially made movies _ are about to creak out of the closet, beginning today. Tonight's The Horror Hall of Fame sounds like the granddaddy of eerie events _ something that horror film buffs will want to tape. This is a first-ever gathering of all the things that go bump in the night and their creators.

Freddy Krueger, a scary fellow to millions of movie-goers, will be the host of the syndicated two-hour show. It airs at 8 p.m., locally on WTOG-Ch. 44.

Krueger, as portrayed by actor Robert Englund, is the horrible being behind the terror in five Nightmare on Elm Street movies, which first hit theaters in 1984. The sixth film goes into production soon.

Featuring film clips and interviews with actors, directors, producers, writers and special effects artists, portions of The Horror Hall of Fame were taped before a live audience at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The first four inductees into the Horror Hall of Fame, Englund reports in a recent telephone interview, are the films The Exorcist (1973) and Aliens (1986), and the actors Vincent Price and Boris Karloff. The winner of the best horror film of the year is Arachnophobia, the movie that came out this summer about scary spiders as big as softballs.

Also included in the show are such greats as Tony Perkins and Janet Leigh from Psycho (1960), as well as directors George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist), Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street), John Carpenter (The Fog, The Thing), and Clive Barker and Roger Corman (from eight Vincent Price/Edgar Allan Poe horror film classics).

Englund, who refers to his Elm Street starring role as "the Freddy thing," says he never dreamed the part would turn into an annual stint. (There also was a TV series Freddy's Nightmares starring Englund, but the weekly show is no longer in production.)

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