Unearthing the 80s: Freddy Krueger Hotline (1-900-860-4-Fred) and the Creep Phone - Horror Hotlines


I'm back for another Unearthing the 80s, where I revisit strange trends of the past involving horror and the 1980s. This time around, I'll be looking at the seemingly bizarre Freddy Krueger hotline, which saw its peak in the late 80s and early 90s. Some of you might remember that, around this time, the themed hotline was becoming pretty popular. You could call various numbers for romantic purposes, to get scary stories or to "interact" with famous band members or movie characters. Hell, even Bill and Ted had a hotline!

Call 1-900-909-CREEP!

Call 1-900-909-CREEP!

With the Krueger hotline, callers could dial in (for the low, low value of just $2 for the first minute) and be confronted with Freddy Krueger himself. The caller would then be granted several trivia questions (which ranged from moderately to extremely difficult) in order to rack up points and take the top spot of high scorer. Of course, this meant that by the time you were given enough trivia questions to score high enough, you probably would have invested several hundred dollars. Though I never called the number myself, I'm pretty confident in saying that there were no shortage of angry parents due to a few innocent late night phone calls made by curious kids. At any rate, I've compiled the various TV spots from the Krueger hotline below! Watch and enjoy!

TV Spots:

Calling the Hotline:

Bonus - the Creep Hotline:

Perhaps even more bizarre, though, was the Creep hotline. Featuring a creepy collection of creatures (including the Troll from Troll), callers could dial in and interact with various monsters. Check out the spot below: