There are certain names that have become legendary in the slasher horror genre, but perhaps no other name evokes the same gleeful response as…
Yes, Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street gave the world a titan in 1984 whose legacy lives on to this day, and the man who played him in that film- and in seven other movies- thinks he knows exactly how to add to that legacy.
We all remember- or perhaps wish we could forget- the attempt to remake and reboot A Nightmare On Elm Street a few years ago. That film, which starred Jackie Earle Haley as Krueger, proved to be a nonstarter for a new Nightmare franchise. Englund recently told newspaper Florida Today how he’d want to reintroduce the character to modern audiences, and his approach would be far more psychological than you’d probably expect.
Here are Englund’s comments on how he’d handle another A Nightmare on Elm Street movie:
“If I was in control of my own Nightmare on Elm Street movie, I have an idea I would have liked to see. I thought it would be great if the children of previous victims, orjust kids who grew up hearing stories about Freddy Krueger, were each haunted by their own version of Freddy Krueger. Kids who grew up hearing stories about this Freddy Krueger guy and the awful things he did envisioned him in their own way, and that is the version that begins to haunt them. Some people may picture him as stout, another might envision him as tall & thin, another with a different hat, or a different sweater. He could have different gloves, or even a glove with small razor blades as referred to in the first movie. It would be neat to see very different interpretations of Freddy Krueger based on the child’s vision of who or what Freddy was to them. After all, each person’s subconscious would picture him in a totally different way.”
There are a couple of interesting things about this. For starters, the actor doesn’t seem to be trying to get himself a paycheck because he makes no mention of actually appearing in the film. But beyond that, this approach would allow for the original series to continue as part of the backstory for a new series. It would wipe away the need for a remake, or a hard reboot. In this film, Englund’s movies would be canon. It would also allow for all kinds of new scares and horrors, as each character would kind of have their own version of a boogeyman to conquer in their nightmares- each one based on their own phobias and fears.
Also, despite him not saying he’d want to reprise Freddy for the movie, you could imagine the film building up to the arrival of the real Krueger just in time for the big climax.
This is all just for grins and giggles, of course. Englund isn’t currently working on a new A Nightmare On Elm Street, and none of this is set to happen. It’s just an interesting musing shared by Englund that would be kind of fun to see explored by the powers-that-be. Maybe if enough people share this and endorse this idea, this movie can get made? A horror fanboy can dream, can’t he?
What do you think of Robert Englund’s unofficial “pitch” for another A Nightmare On Elm Street?