Back in the 1980s, Freddy Krueger didn’t just haunt kids’ dreams—he also haunted their telephones. In order to promote Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), a spooky 1-900 hotline was established, featuring the film’s villain Freddy Krueger. For two dollars for the first minute, and 45 cents for each additional minute, kids could call 1-900-909-FRED to hear a series of scary stories, introduced by the sweater-wearing, knife-handed bad guy himself.
While commercials for the Freddy Krueger hotline have been floating around online for some time, Blumhouse recently uncovered rare audio from the actual 1-900 number. Recorded by a teenager named Taylor Basinger on a Darth Vader speaker phone, the audio recording serves up a full 45 minutes of Freddy’s so-called “Deadtime” stories. The audio is a fascinating pop culture artifact from the 1980s, packed with hilariously cheesy sound effects and Freddy Krueger’s signature humor. Check it out below—just don’t listen to it before bed.
[h/t AV Club]