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Robert Englund Wants to Return to Elm Street!

Robert Englund is perhaps one of the most recognized names and faces in horror. His portrayal of Freddy Krueger from the A Nightmare on Elm Street series has cemented him in horror history as one of the greatest performers to grace the silver screen. However, the legend has made it clear that he is not willing to don the infamous razor knives glove ever again. However, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want to at least appear in another Elm Street film!

At the Film & Comic Con in Belfast, Ireland, Englund dropped a rather amazing wish at a Q&A session when he spoke about the possibility of returning to the franchise, telling the audience, “I would certainly like to be invited to do a cameo, to maybe play the cantankerous old professor or the group therapy guy that doesn’t believe they’re having nightmares. I think it would be fun for the audience.

He also spoke about where the 2010 remake went wrong, saying that the film didn’t give audiences a chance or even a reason to care about the people on the screen. “You don’t ever see any of the people happy go-lucky, they’re never untainted,” Englund explains. “You need to see before and after so you can invest emotionally with the children. They’re practically zombies from the get-go because they’re haunted by Freddy and I think that was a miscalculation.

Honestly, I love the idea of Englund playing that kind of crotchety role. It reminds me of Wes Craven’s appearance as the janitor Fred in Scream. It’s a perfect wink to the audience, showing that there is care and respect for what was…and hope for what can be.

[H/T Square Eyed TV]


47 Comments
  • billbixby219

    wasnt he the professor in urban legends? not the best movie but i remember that scene being farily entertaining, pop rocks and pepsi.

    • alwayswipetwice

      Love that movie! Got me really interested in urban legends and folklore. Some of the ones in the movie scared the shit out of me (mainly the person hiding in the backseat and the person hiding under the car). Brad Dourif, too!

      • Flu-Like Symptoms

        Danielle Harris also returned to horror in that one. Good stuff.

    • deputywinston

      I remember being so jealous that those kids got to have a class like that.

  • Robby

    Or he can just be Freddy again 🙂

  • Geno1987

    It would be interesting to see him return as a town historian who would be hiding records all about Freddy.

  • Barry Goldsbury

    Robert still has it. He is still in shape and can rock the make-up. Doing a new movie with only a cameo is ridiculous when you can just go all the way and have him back as Freddy. Robert or Bust.

    • Overton Green

      he doesn’t want to do it…

      • Barry Goldsbury

        I know. I’m just sayin’.

  • Braker

    EXCLUSIVE: OF COURSE HE DOES. Reality: Will there be another Nightmare movie? Probably not.

    • Wang Chi

      Another elm street has already been confirmed..

      • Braker

        It has? Where. By an actual person working on it?

        • They are working on a story for it. They don’t know if they want to continue the story from the 2010 remake or do another reboot. They are also tossing up in the air making it all about the Springfield slasher before he became Freddy.

    • Byron Dunbar

      I actually kind of hope there isn’t another one. It would be fun to see Englund play the character again because he’s so much fun, but honestly, what’s left to be said about Freddy at this point?

    • Kyle Pittman

      I’d say it’s incredibly unlikely that there would NEVER be another Nightmare movie.

  • Corey

    I have the hat and wig worn by Wes Craven in his Scream cameo and I’d send it to Robert in a heartbeat if he’d wear it in a Nightmare cameo.

    https://www.yourprops.com/Wes-Craven-s-Cameo-Hat-original-movie-costume-Scream-1996-YP802652.html

  • OctoberLIBRA

    Should be Freddy’s daughter…. That would be cool

  • Khy

    “You don’t ever see any of the people happy go-lucky, they’re never untainted,” Englund explains. “You need to see before and after so you can invest emotionally with the children. They’re practically zombies from the get-go because they’re haunted by Freddy and I think that was a miscalculation.”

    Most intelligent thing Robert has said in the past few years. That was a big flaw in the 2010 reboot- Characters were ran down the moment the movie began so it was hard to actually feel for them as the movie went on.

  • DJV1985

    I know it might be selfish and yes I know he has reached an age and a period in his life that he doesn’t want to be Freddy but to have him in the film but not be Freddy would feel like a kick in the teeth for the fanbase (in my opinion) with CGI and the fact that Freddy has a burned face we don’t need him to do a ton of action (Soft CGI not full on Prequel trilogy style CGI).

  • KennyThaKilla

    Quite the clickbait headline considering this is old news which has been discussed by Robert before. I stand firm that with the right story, stunt doubles, and money he could still don the glove. He hasn’t retired from acting after all, just physical roles.

  • Michael Voorhees

    Also in 2014 Robert Engluand said that he would love to return and make a Freddy vs chucky film. It would go like chucky and Freddy have a bet of which can kill the most teenagers.

    • Halloween_Vic

      Michael VS Jason VS Freddy needs to happen!!!

      • Overton Green

        that would be as awful as Freddy vs. Jason. The characters really don’t mesh. Jason dreaming made no sense in the film. I mean Michael vs. Jason could work I guess but I don’t see that either. I mean if we get all nerdy…

        Michael Myers 1978 was far stronger than Jason in parts 2-4. Jason would only have a chance if they use zombie Jason and I think that ship has sailed when it comes to that take on the character.

        Also why would Michael be in the woods? Why would Jason be in the suburbs?

        • KennyThaKilla

          So Jason doesn’t sleep? Doesn’t dream? Says who? And FvJ wasn’t awful, it was the horror version of King Kong vs Godzilla – mindless fun not meant to be in contention for an Oscar. The plot served no other purpose than to steer us towards the big fight scene at the end, which is what everybody paid a ticket for. It was easy enough to bring Freddy and Jason together in the suburbs, FvJvM would be no different.

          Not sure why the ship has sailed since zombie Jason is the most popular version of the character. Jason would hand Mike his ass. Mike lifts people into the air with one arm, Jason snaps people in two. Really no contest.

          Regardless, JvM would be a terrible film without Freddy because neither of them talks.

          • Darnell

            Logic would dictate that dead people don’t dream. Logic would dictate that a dead person that is rotting with bone and skin hanging off couldn’t be knocked out with tranquilizers lol.

            Freddy vs. Jason was terrible and hasn’t aged well. I would also ask for proof that the most popular version of Jason is his undead form? Provide proof of this please.

            Michael Myers is shown as being stronger and more durable than the living version of Jason. So I agree that a Michael Myers vs. Jason movie would only work if they brought back undead Jason.

          • KennyThaKilla

            Jason wasn’t dreaming, he was in hell and Freddy brought him back to life. So he was very much alive when he was tranqed – and that’s when he started dreaming. FvJ wasn’t terrible, you just have to be paying attention when you watch it, and need to practice suspension of disbelief.

            I’ll show you proof after you show me proof that zombie Jason’s ship has sailed.

            Disagree about Myers being stronger/more durable than living Jason. We’re talking about the same guy who was hanging by his neck and managed to pull himself off the rope, and also took a machete to the shoulder and to the head, then also took an ax to the head – none of which killed him. Jason laughs at 6 puny bullets. 😀

    • Guided by Voices

      The dialogue between Chucky and Freddy would be great.

  • AphroditeBoy

    He is so hot and cold about this. Like Neve Campbell and ‘Scream.’

  • Give this guy a solid script and maybe he’ll do Freddy again. For as old as he is, he should want nothing less.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    Was it even 2 years ago since he said he was done with the franchise????

  • Shellie Anne Labell

    Did anyone see the episode of Bones (a few seasons back) that Englund was in? They made a lot of Freddy nods; it was fun to see him in that role.

  • marklola12 .

    The remake sucked because it had no imagination, hell freddy kills people in their dreams and can make them die in anyway possible in the dreams and be creative….this is why the older movies are great..the remake was lame

  • He needs to be Freddy Krueger for the last time!

  • c-s-a78

    simple rule…don’t mess with a classic!!!

  • Lirabelle

    Honestly, my two favorite movies in the franchise are the original…. and the remake. After that, I like the third film and New Nightmare. I don’t really have nostalgia lenses in the case of this franchise.

    I had no problem with them replacing Englund, and I’m not excited for him to return if they follow in the vein of the later numbered Elm Street films. The “humor” eventually overshadowed their attempts at horror for me, and pretty much killed any chance they had at scaring me after a certain point. I can’t take Englund seriously as Freddy because they went too far making him feel like the class clown of horror. I get that clicks with some people, but it just doesn’t with me.

  • Halloween_Vic

    He needs to come back and play Freddy at least for one more film. Considering the remake was a bust, as a treat for fans and the audience nobody can play Freddy better then him.

    • Overton Green

      He doesn’t want to do the character anymore. He has retired from it. I am sure if he wanted to do it the studio would be all over it. I also don’t think they need Robert.

      Jacky did a great job in the remake. The movie was just terrible. It was worse than terrible but IMP Jacky was the best thing about the movie, and I loved his look.

      • Halloween_Vic

        I must admit Jacky was pretty terrifying I def give him credit on doing good as his own Freddy.

      • KennyThaKilla

        I’ve heard Robert say he doesn’t want to do any remakes because he feels he’s too old, but I’ve never heard him say he doesn’t want to play Freddy anymore. I’m sure the desire is still there, it may be that his body is unwilling and the lack of a good script that keeps him away. With stunt doubles, he could still pull it off.

        Hated everything about the remake, including Jackie’s version of Freddy. Jackie’s a great actor, but just not a good fit for Freddy. And the makeup they put on him was atrocious. Made him look like a frog. Stretched the appliances so tight over his mouth that he mumbled a lot of his lines. Glad they decided not to make a sequel.

        • Darnell

          I loved Jacky’s version of Freddy and his look. It allowed for me to forget about Robert’s version and focus on the new movie.

          The movie itself was awful and filled with miscast actors.

          That movie was so bad. ….

  • Halloween_Vic

    Damm that’s pretty cool, nice collection piece for sure!!

  • LOX TO THE DEATH

    Could use that Peter Jackson script that was floating around in the early 90’s Robert could do one more film i think. Or just reboot the franchise fresh start cause the 2010 elm street is the worst horror remake ever

  • Darkness69

    And with a good script, from here it’s only a hop, skip and a jump away from him wearing the glove one more time! Please make it happen!

  • Craig Matthewman

    let’s have a prequel about the springwood slasher. It would mean no heavy makeup for Robert this time. only ever be one Freddy.

  • freddyneverdie

    No! Robert Englund needs to be Freddy! Why the hell doesnt he want to play Freddy anymore?! Hes sitting back and watching them remake “his” movies with other actors playing freddy and seeing that they dont even come close to the performance he did when he was freddy but yet he still refuses to put the glove on?! WTF?! If I see people demolishing my art that I have years invested in you know damn well that im going to step in and fix it. Cuz if their going to keep making movies then god damn their gonna do it the right way!

  • Johnny 13

    He’s criticizes the reboot for mistakes the old movies were guilty of. Just admit, Englund, you were Nightmare On Elm Street. You could’ve made a little more money, it wouldn’t have killed you.

    • KennyThaKilla

      What are you talking about? He said the remake didn’t give audiences a chance or even a reason to care about the people on the screen, which was the exact opposite of the original.

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