Monday, December 31, 2012

Finding Eric Freeman


I've discovered over the past few years that notoriously reclusive actor Eric Freeman(star of Silent Night Deadly Night 2) wants nothing to do with acting, being famous and/or anything to do with his past as Ricky Caldwell. In fact, when it came to recording audio commentary for the dvd in 2003, the producers said they couldn't find him and had no clue where he was. It seemed he was either in hiding or dead.

In the years since discovering this story, I've become fascinated by this. I've also attempted to search for him via many websites and gather as much info as I could. I am, of course, a huge fan of the SNDN series and just as a fan I'd love to know his whereabouts. But, as I said, every time someone thinks they have a good lead, it turns into a dead end. And it's pretty easy to see why. When one simple scene in a low budget horror movie becomes your entire cult of personality, as well as a worldwide, internet joke, it's understandable why you'd wish to ignore the rest of the world. Heck, that would drive me insane!

So, in the past few years it's become more and more obvious that Eric is hiding out somewhere away from the limelight. Fans have tried everything in their power to hunt him down for no other reason but to beg to hear his famous line "Garbage Day". In fact, one fan found it his duty to call everyone with the last name "Freeman" in North Carolina. Finally, after being threatened with legal action by the wife of what he thought was Freeman's wife, he concluded his search with a question mark at the end still looming...

Quite frankly, I don't think Eric Freeman wishes to be found. His story isn't even an interesting one. He just happened to play in a horrible sequel to a great movie. It was by chance. But, for some reason, fans are inspired and obsessed with finding him. Maybe Eric's alive. Maybe he's not. Maybe he's in India. Maybe he's your next door neighbor. Maybe he's the owner of a successful business. Either way, this seems to be one Hollywood Story that may never be solved...