A Social Experiment on Elm Street, the Robert Englund remake hoax

Okay, so surely a few of you have seen the "article" being shared on Facebook about Robert Englund returning to play an older Freddy in the new A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET reboot.  Actually, the full title of said "article" was Robert Englund signs on to play Older Freddy in new NIGHTMARE reboot with the subtitle Film is reportedly told in a flashback with aged Freddy narrating.

Now I have a confession.

I created the fake "article."  I didn't do it as a joke, though.  It was more of a social experiment.  I wanted to see how many likes and comments and shares it would get by people who strictly went off the headline alone.

The news of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET getting a second remake was still fresh, so I decided to cash in on the hooplah...sort of.  Just a carefully crafted social experiment to see how many actually click on and read the articles they share and like.

I originally posted the hoax article in the Facebook group A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET & FREDDY KRUEGER - FAN-CLUB.  But it has since spawned a life of its own.  I've seen it shared on numerous other horror groups and even multiple times in the same Freddy Krueger group.

Many fans knew it to be fake -- and good for them.  But I will admit that I was shocked at the amount of people who liked and commented on the post(s) and honestly believed it.  All it would have taken was ONE CLICK to see if it were true or not.  Therefore, I can't even really call this is a click-bait scheme, because it technically wasn't -- it was more of a catchy-headline-share-now scheme.  And it worked.

To those of you who fell for it, I truly am sorry.  It was just an experiment, nothing more.

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    1. Just a theory proven to be correct...sadly.

    2. I had to write an article about how cool you are! http://www.theblood-shed.com/source-of-robert-england-older-freddy-hoax-revealed/

  2. "Experiment" is a load of crap. It gained steam because it got picked up by legit news venues; 99% of the links I've seen have gone to other sites and blogs, so basically you started a rumor and let it spread like wildfire for your own amusement. Kudos, your experiment worked! It proved you are a pretentious dick!

    1. I respect your opinion, I do. I never expected it to get picked up. I thought it would stay in the group. I was wrong. Very wrong. In hindsight, yes, it does make me look like a dick. But that was never my intention.

    2. I think Nick's experiment made an important point about our society's propensity for taking things at face value, and acting like experts on a topic without even reading an article. Those "legit" news venues had better learn how to verify a source, or they won't be considered "legit" for long.

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